The Funeral of Fred Kallmeyer – November 19, 2004

I ran into the Grim Reaper just the other day. He was sitting on a bus stop bench, panhandling for the fare. He was a mess. I could see through his torn, black cloak that his knees were skinned and bleeding. His knuckles were raw and his hands were shaking. A little bead of sweat dangled from the … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 6, 2004

One of the deacons in my church in Texas was approached by someone wondering about the faith one day, and he asked him, "Frank, what is it exactly that you believe?" Now, Frank was not often posed that question and he stood for a minute, a little flustered, and then he began to recite the Apostle's … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 9, 2004

How many of you totally got that little story about Peter today with the four-cornered sheet and the animals? How many completely understood that story from Acts? I don't think we can leave that hanging. Let's start there this morning. This is a vision that Peter had in Joppa . . a very … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 2, 2004

I told you before about my two Swedish bachelor uncles who lived their lives in the original Rasmus homestead on the ranch in Harding County, South Dakota. That was fine for them, but the relatives finally were fed up with their living conditions, so they bought a double wide trailer for the boys to … [Read more...]

Sermon – April 11, 2004

My gosh that Cicada Brass is good. Love to hear them play. This is their second time. Good job. Thanks for coming to help us celebrate. But good as they are, that's not why we here. I bet we could catch these guy at a gig somewhere on another weekend. The choir today sounds like angels. Thanks … [Read more...]

Sermon – March 28, 2004

This is Peter. He’s a piece of paper. He lived for several weeks on the floor in the church youth room. Life wasn’t too bad for Peter, then. He could just sit and talk for hours with Uncle Milk Dud’s box, and then maybe catch a passing gush of air to go and talk to the cutest little skittles wrapper … [Read more...]

Sermon – March 21, 2004

One may know nothing about Christianity, one may know nothing about Jesus Christ, one may know nothing about the church, but chances are that somewhere along the line you heard the story of the Prodigal Son. This, it turns out, is a parable for the ages. The parable sustains because it resonates … [Read more...]

Sermon – March 14, 2004

Any chocolate lovers out there today? What is to prevent us from simply picking up right now, going over to Jerry's IGA and buying a case of chocolate bars, say Snicker bars and just eating them until they are gone. And then going back for a 12 pack of Reese's Peanut Butter cups for dessert. What … [Read more...]

Sermon – March 7, 2004

His name was Mr. Huettl. He was an inspiring 6th grade teacher who worked tirelessly at improving the lives of his students, spending day after lengthy day preparing young men and women for the realities of the world. He would show up each morning to homeroom with what seemed to be an excited and … [Read more...]

Sermon – February 29, 2004

A young man was sent to Spain by his company to work in a new plant. He accepted because it would enable him to earn enough to marry his long-time girlfriend. Their plan was to pool their resources and put a down payment on a house when he returned. As the lonely weeks went by, she began expressing … [Read more...]