Sermon – September 1, 2019 – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

  A Place at the Table I am beginning to clean out some of the cluttered corners of my desk where I would stuff notes to myself, or ideas for sermons, or reminders of something that I probably forgot to do. I found one other day from Mr. Rogers who said, “when I was a boy and I heard … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 25, 2019 – Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

  A Sabbath Healing I turned 65 on Friday and I was delighted to be reminded again that studies show that older Americans who engage in daily prayer, Bible study and go to church on Sunday have lower blood pressure.   That study goes on to say that those who watch television … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 18, 2019 – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

  A Family Affair I wonder if I told you the story about the woman who thought she was a princess.  I don’t remember her name, it was something like Cosmina, and she was convinced that she was a direct descendant and heir to the throne of Romania.  She lived in a studio apartment from … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 11, 2019 – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Let us begin in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. +Amen.         What is faith?        According to the writer of Hebrews faith is “…the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” That is the future rooted in the present.        Martin Luther tells us that … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 28, 2019 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

  The Lord’s Prayer Looks to me like people are still having hard time figuring out how to pray. I did a little check of available resources. I found “five tips on how to pray”, ‘nine steps on how to pray (with pictures)”, “six tips for praying”, “six easy steps to prayer,” “five steps to … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 21, 2019 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Let us begin in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. +Amen.    Today’s gospel reading is the well-known story of Mary and Martha. This is one of those hard texts we find in the Bible. One reason it is such a hard text is because it is familiar and well loved. Unfortunately, what … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 14, 2019 – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Grace and Peace to you, this day and every day, from God our Father, Christ our Savior, and from the Holy Spirit. Amen. During my first year at Luther Seminary, up north in Minnesota among the frozen chosen, Sarah and I attended the seminary’s annual talent show. We didn’t know what to expect, … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 7, 2019 – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

I don’t how many of you read my newsletter article that came out this week, but if you have not, I would urge you to do so.  What I shared in that article were some observations by a wise bishop from Iowa, Bishop Michael Burk, who has identified what he sees as key marks, key characteristics, key … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 30, 2019 – Third Sunday after Pentecost

Let’s begin in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. +Amen.    It is show time. Jesus’ ministry in Galilee has ended and he has set his face towards Jerusalem. He is heading towards an arrest, trial, and crucifixion on a cross. His time remaining on earth is limited and it is ever more … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 23, 2019 – Second Sunday after Pentecost

Naming Names  The writer of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts is a skillful storyteller, carefully arranging the incidents in his story to give them the most impact.  And while the story we just heard is dramatic enough on its own, it becomes even more so when we notice that Luke has placed … [Read more...]