Sermon – August 12, 2018 – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

It is simply not debatable anymore that being a member of a church community and regularly participating in that community has multiple and long-lasting results for our physical and mental health.  I won’t bore you with all the studies, but from Harvard, to Duke to the University of Saskatchewan … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 5, 2018 – Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Without anyone asking her to, one of our students decided to fill a huge empty space on one of the brick walls of St. Andrew’s. She found an old bedsheet and a lot of paint and got to work. She wanted to make a sign that would catch the attention of people passing by. And a lot of people pass by … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 29, 2018 – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Scarcity and Abundance I suppose you heard the news about Facebook this week. After an unguarded remark by one of its executives the company lost $119 billion. Hundred and $19 billion. That’s a lot of Mammon. Reportedly, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, lost about $16 billion of his own fortune. … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 22, 2018 – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

            It has been quite the summer. I’ve just returned from West Virginia with our middle school students, marking the end to the third and final trip with our middle and high school students this summer. I’ve done some calculations and, in the past month, I have spent close to 50 hours on the … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 15, 2018 – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Every couple of years or so, when my colleagues, my friends and my church make the rumbles that they are about to give it up because of the world presents itself as mean and irredeemable, I have to crack out this poem by Martin Franzmann, former Lutheran New Testament professor and hymn writer.  … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 8, 2018 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Grace Sufficient Unless you have been living under a gigantic rock or haven’t left your house in about ten years, only then would you fail to realize that we are in the Golden age of superhero movies. It seems like one comes out every week. The latest, at least I think it’s the latest, is Ant Man … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 1, 2018 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

I’ll tell you what this looks like to me.    It looks like Jairus and this poor, chronically ill woman saw Jesus as their last resort. It looks to me like they tapped out all the other options and finally thought, “let’s see what this guy can do”. Let’s take Jairus first..  The text tells us that … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 24, 2016 – The Festival of John the Baptist

Grace and peace to you, this day and everyday, from God our Creator, Christ our Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit, who gives us life. Amen.   Ok, let’s backtrack a little bit. … Zechariah was a priest married to Elizabeth, and one day Zechariah is alone in the sanctuary preparing an incense … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 17, 2018 – 4th Sunday after Pentecost

         The kingdom of God is like…..? What? Imagine for a moment. How would you finish that sentence: The kingdom of God is like ______? What comes to mind? Hold onto that image.             The ministry of Jesus that we witness in our gospels sets the kingdom of God into motion. Unfortunately … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 10, 2018 – 3rd Sunday after Pentecost

Vocation Historians of the medieval times have in various ways articulated the condition of life than as, “nasty, brutish, and short.” Disease and illness would run unchecked, the ill attended to by superstition, pseudoscience and charlatanism. It was hard to get well if you got sick. Any serious … [Read more...]