Sermon – July 14, 2019 – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Grace and Peace to you, this day and every day, from God our Father, Christ our Savior, and from the Holy Spirit. Amen. During my first year at Luther Seminary, up north in Minnesota among the frozen chosen, Sarah and I attended the seminary’s annual talent show. We didn’t know what to expect, … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 7, 2019 – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

I don’t how many of you read my newsletter article that came out this week, but if you have not, I would urge you to do so.  What I shared in that article were some observations by a wise bishop from Iowa, Bishop Michael Burk, who has identified what he sees as key marks, key characteristics, key … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 30, 2019 – Third Sunday after Pentecost

Let’s begin in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. +Amen.    It is show time. Jesus’ ministry in Galilee has ended and he has set his face towards Jerusalem. He is heading towards an arrest, trial, and crucifixion on a cross. His time remaining on earth is limited and it is ever more … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 23, 2019 – Second Sunday after Pentecost

Naming Names  The writer of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts is a skillful storyteller, carefully arranging the incidents in his story to give them the most impact.  And while the story we just heard is dramatic enough on its own, it becomes even more so when we notice that Luke has placed … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 9, 2019 – Pentecost

Pentecost Sunday Wow!  The Pentecost story is quite a show. It’s almost as though it were choreographed by some Hollywood producer who was keyed into what trips our trigger, what keeps our attention. We have pyrotechnics…… Flames dancing on the heads of the gathered…… We had a powerful wind that … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 2, 2019 – Seventh Sunday after Easter

  Breaking the Cycles I saw on CNN that a conservative activist recruiting students at Berkley was punched out by an unidentified person, apparently another student.  Last week the editor of an Alabama newspaper wrote that the Klan should ride again an string up folks he called “communist … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 26, 2019 – Sixth Sunday after Easter

Peace Time and again, Jesus would bring comfort to his listeners, to his disciples and to the crowds with words of peace.  Do not be afraid.  Do not fear. Peace be with you.  My peace I give you. Let’s take a minute to wonder what he was talking about. What were the people in 1stcentury … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 19, 2019 – Fifth Sunday of Easter & Confirmation Sunday

Love, Love, Love Friend was sharing with me some remarks she had heard from people who want to leave the ELCA. Not this church.  Another place entirely. One angry person said at a meeting, “Jesus didn’t say anything about social justice. He had nothing to say about that, so neither should we.” … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 12, 2019 – Fourth Sunday after Easter

  The Good Shepherd and the Snatchers I recently had my family DNA evaluated and, not surprisingly, it came back heavy on the Norwegian roots, some Eastern Scandinavia flavored with Russia that reflects my Finnish heritage, and then there was a smattering of genetic markers from all along … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 5, 2019 – Third Sunday after Easter

  He Never Gives Up Let’s remind each other here for a second, just to be clear.    Twice before this encounter the disciples had met the risen Christ, face to face, showed them his wounds.  “We have seen the Lord!” they told Thomas.  He is alive.   They had received the gift of the … [Read more...]