Sermon – December 10, 2017 – Second Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 40:1-11; Mark 1:1-8 Advent 2 Year B   I didn’t grow up in a family that went camping, or hiking, or paddling…something a little strange for a family rooted in northern Minnesota.  I wouldn’t say that my parents had a dislike for nature, they have recently moved to live on a lake … [Read more...]

Sermon – December 3, 2017 – First Sunday of Advent

  Let’s start this morning with a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins called God's Grandeur The world is charged with the grandeur of God.     It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;     It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil Crushed. Why do men then now not reck … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 26, 2017 – Christ the King

Christ the King   It probably wouldn’t come as a surprise to us if a stranger who knew nothing about Christianity came up to us and said, What is that you guys are all about?  What is it that you do?  How do you live in the world?  What is it that you believe?  You know as well as I that … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 19, 2017 – Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 25:14-30 I get a little uneasy when I read this parable. Remember, parables are supposed to reveal something to us about God, or, God through Jesus. Parables in Matthew, in particular, are meant to point us towards the kingdom of God— this alternate reality that being ushered in by Jesus. … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 12, 2107 – Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost

  The Wise and Foolish Bridesmaids Many years ago I did a wedding for a young couple who were members here. Groom was in graduate school and the bride was working, and they decided they wanted to get married. So, we began our conversations about their relationship and began making … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 5, 2017 – All Saints Sunday

All Saints Sunday   Saints and Heroes I trust that an appropritate time of mourning has passed for Cub fans that we can discuss the fact that the Houston Astros won the World Series. Took seven games and was fun to watch, even for a Twins fan.  Of course, the reason they prevailed is … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 29, 2017 – Reformation

Reformation 2017 John 8:31-36 + Romans 3:19-28   Today is a big day! Today we remember that, 500 years ago, a young professor named Martin Luther posted 95 complaints against the corruption and oppression he saw within the church that he loved. Despite persecution, Luther continued to … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 22, 2017 – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Render unto Caesar I will be careful not to go too far down this road, but all the efforts of Jesus opponents to trap him ended up blowing up in their faces. Through Scripture, the power of his own presence, to his dogged faithfulness to his mission Jesus eluded all of these attempts to snare … [Read more...]

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...]