Sermon – October 19, 2014

Render unto Caesar And they were amazed. That’s what Matthew tells us. He doesn’t say confused, angry, contemptuous . . . they were amazed. Amazed that Jesus could make such a clear distinction so readily. . . They set a trap, but he would be neither fooled nor flattered and he sidestepped … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 12, 2014

A Place at the Table. A couple of weeks ago and then I went up to a farm much like our Sola Gratia Farm just outside of Fairbury. It was a feast. The event was to celebrate the farm to table relationship that this farm had with a number of top drawer chefs from Chicago and around central … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 5, 2014

Proper Credentials If you have ever been in my office, you would notice that on one part of the wall I have all my sheepskin. I have my undergraduate diploma from the University of Minnesota and I've got my Master’s of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. I have my … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 28, 2014

A New Script Any fans of the movie, "Pretty Woman" here? You remember that movie with Richard Gere and Julia Roberts? She is an out of luck, woman of the night, who falls in love with the fabulously rich but emotionally challenged Richard Gere. Her name was Vivian, his was Edward. They have a … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 21, 2014

Grace Have I told you this joke? Good one for a college town. The joke goes something like this: The science graduate asks, “Why does this work?” The engineering graduate asks, “How does this work?” The sociology graduate asks, “How will this affect the rest of the community?” The … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 14, 2014

Forgiveness There are a few things that we need to get right as we become disciples and followers of Jesus, and this is one of them. Jesus is insistent that we understand forgiveness. It was on his mind as he drew his last breaths, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do!" To the … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 7, 2014

“Whenever Two or Three are Gathered” Each group of birds or mammals have a collective noun that describes them. For example there is a chain of bobolinks, A covert of coots, a surfiet of skunks, a murder of crows, a gaggle of geese, a wake of buzzards, a convocation of eagles, a bellowing of … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 31, 2014

Instruction manual   Back in the 80s when I lived out in Washington DC, the videocassette recorder was becoming a most desirable electronics acquisition. Back then, they were quite expensive and on my modest income I couldn't afford to buy a new one. But then I received an invitation in … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 24, 2014

“Who do you say that I am?” “Who do people say that I am?” Over 2000 years later, people are still responding to that question. Here are just a sampling of the book titles that are making their case. “The Real Jesus” from a Catholic scholar. . . The Zealot Jesus . . . from a Muslim historian . . … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 17, 2014

“Lord, Have Mercy!” A few weeks ago, after one of our rocking overnight thunderstorms, I inquired of a friend whether she had been awakened by the thunder and lightning and the general ruckus. She said no she didn't realize that the storm had been quite so vigorous. And I said to her I don't know … [Read more...]