Sermon – October 15, 2017 – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

  Jesus' parables are meant to be a little outlandish. The shock-value on this parable, however, is unusually high. First, the initial rejection of the invited guests is a little unbelievable. This is the banquet of a King! Who wouldn’t want to come to a royal wedding? And, if these guest … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 8, 2017 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Who’s in charge? So, I will tell you one more of my army stories and then I’ll lay off for a while. But this week’s Gospel lesson got me thinking about this. I was just an enlisted man, medic, the first time around.   I joined because I was a bit adrift and college wasn’t much of a prospect … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 1, 2017 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Flying empty If you watched the series on Vietnam last week, you couldn’t but catch that one of the iconic images of the Army abroad, is the OD green helicopter.  In Vietnam they were Hueys, evacuation and supply vehicles.  Later they were converted for combat rescue, then the advent of the … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 24, 2017 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

  Our scripture readings for today are all about God’s grace and mercy. Who doesn’t love hearing about God’s grace and mercy? The catch in these readings, however, is that they seem to indicate that God’s grace and mercy are not always fair and that perhaps one of the defining … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 17, 2017 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

  Welcoming the Stranger At exactly 6:55 AM Central time on Friday, the Cassini spacecraft was vaporized as it plummeted through Saturn’s atmosphere and this historic pioneer became part of the planet that it studied for over a decade.  Cassini was launched 20 years ago on an ambitious … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 10, 2017 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

  I read a refreshing story in Time Magazine last week.  It was a story about reconciliation between a doctor and a hospital and a family.  It was in St. Paul, where a little boy had suffered from spinal bifida for many years, and had made, as you can probably guess, countless trips to the … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 3, 2017 – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

  Take a moment right now to envision a holy place. What is the most holy, sacred place you can think of? What does it look like? Where is it located? What makes this place sacred?   Take another moment and think of a place that has felt holy for you. Can you think off a moment in … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 27, 2017 – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

  “Who do you say that I am?” So, I Google the question, “who is Jesus?”, turned up 122 million hits.  Pretty much everybody weighed in, Wikipedia, the Lutherans, the Mormons, the Catholics, the opining bloggers.  The search turned up everything from Jesus as a Spiritual Hospital to the … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 20, 2017 – Eleventh Sunday of Pentecost

The New Story   So, I’m going to allow myself a moment of personal privilege if you don’t mind.   My dad was a World War II veteran. He served in the 28th Infantry Division, in the 109th Combat Regiment.  They landed in Normandy a couple of weeks after D-Day.  The 109th was the … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 13, 2017 – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

  Stepping out in Faith In his January, 1933 inaugural address, President Frank Delano Roosevelt issued those famous words, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” As a new president of a country reeling from the Great Depression, banks had failed, the dollar had dwindled, pessimism … [Read more...]