Sermon – August 10, 2014

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, whom we do indeed worship as the Son of God who reached out and took hold of us when we were sinking. I’m going to return to this story of Jesus and Peter walking on the water, but I want to begin by calling your attention back … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 2, 2014

At the end of our Sunday school this spring one of the kid’s teachers had a great idea and she told her class to put together a book of their hardest questions for Pastor Bob. I’m not going to say her name, but her initials are Jill Quisenberry. And that is what they have done. So, I have … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 28, 2014 Ordination of Mauricio Vieira

The Ordination of Mauricio Vieira First of all I would like to welcome our Bishop, John Roth and thank him for being here tonight to preside at this joyous occasion. I want to welcome and thank all the friends and family, clergy colleagues, ecumenical partners and lectionary study collaborators. … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 27, 2014

The Kingdom Here and Now These past couple of Sundays we have been eavesdropping on Jesus’ kingdom conversations with his followers and the crowds, trying to let them know what they are in for . . .how their lives are being transformed, how hope is being kindled and renewed, who they are in … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 20, 2014

Beets and Foxtail So this was my job on Tuesday or at least half the day: I was weeding beets and onions along with some other volunteers on the farm. Took great pleasure in it. There was no ambiguity, no opportunity to mistake the foxtail from that beet for the crab grass from the onion. Jesus … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 13, 2014

Grace Like Rain So I have to admit that the high plains have made a fool of me. I have spoken of the place where I come from in southwest North Dakota in northwest South Dakota as a place of thin soil and dry pasture and rangeland, and ceaseless wind. I have spoken of this place good for antelope … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 6, 2014

Gospel: Matthew 11:16–30 16But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, 17'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’ 18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 22, 2014

Let’s hear it for the sparrows From the time we get out of bed until the end of the day, each of us has been subject to 5000 messages, some think even more. 5000 messages telling us what to buy, where to shop, whom to believe, whom to fear. They proliferate from our cash register receipts to the … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 15, 2014 Holy Trinity

The Holy Trinity “Let there be light” Lord what are we, mere human beings, that you should care and be mindful of us? Most of you have probably heard that modern science has established that the genetic difference between humans, and its closely related species, chimpanzees, is no higher … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 8, 2014 Pentecost

Change How many Lutherans does it take to change a light bulb? We read that we are to so fear and love God that we cannot by our own effort or understanding comprehend the replacement of an electromagnetic photon source. It is, rather by faith, NOT by our efforts (effected toward the failed … [Read more...]