Sermon – April 15, 2018 – Third Sunday of Easter

In our gospel story for today, the author of Luke gives their account of Jesus’ resurrection appearance. It is similar to the one we heard last week from John— Jesus comes amongst his disciples and offers them peace, he commissions his disciples to go out into the world and carry on his ministry, … [Read more...]

Sermon – April 8, 2018 – Second Sunday of Easter

Our gospel story for today takes place on Easter night. Just a few days earlier, the disciples witnessed their friend and teacher hung on a cross. They witnessed their imagined lives come to an end, they saw their future disappear. They felt failure and grief mixed together. Just a few hours … [Read more...]

Sermon – April 1, 2018 – Easter Sunday

  The Uprising Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!  We call that pinnacle event of our faith the resurrection. At the risk of becoming a little geeky this morning, the Greek word for that is anastasis, and how that is translated is up rising. Resurrection is Uprising. We … [Read more...]

Sermon – March 18, 2018 – Fifth Sunday in Lent

We Would See Jesus Have you ever had one of those conversations where you asked a simple question and you get a lengthy and bizarre response in return that seems to have nothing to do with what you asked? You know the conversation, “can you tell me the way to the Meier store?” Yeah it’s just … [Read more...]

Sermon – March 11, 2018 – Fourth Sunday in Lent

Our gospel reading for today contains what is probably the most well known verse in all of scripture: “For God so loved the world that God gave their only son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish, but may have eternal life.” John 3:16 is everywhere. It is on billboards, bumper … [Read more...]

Sermon – March 4, 2018 – Third Sunday in Lent

Angry Jesus If Jesus had decided to hold a workshop on proper Temple piety, or hosted a “constructive dialogue” between the merchants, the priests and the people on the misuse of the Temple sacrificial economy, we probably wouldn’t have read about it in the Gospel of John.  Because no one would … [Read more...]

Sermon – February 25, 2018 – Second Sunday in Lent

Our gospel story for today is a turning point in the Gospel of Mark. For the first time, Jesus clearly and plainly explains what is to come of his life. Jesus will undergo suffering, he will be rejected. He will be killed. He will rise again. Jesus is not speaking in metaphor or parable. This isn’t … [Read more...]

Sermon – February 18, 2018 – First Sunday in Lent

Reconciling Waters If you have tuned into the Olympics at all this year, you no doubt have seen the ad by Dick’s Sporting Goods, an official sponsor of the winter games.  The ad is arresting because it names from the get-go the toxic and disrespectful public conversations that have come to … [Read more...]

Sermon – February 11, 2018 – Transfiguration

Transfiguration Sunday   Down the mountain For a journalism class at the University of Minnesota, I was doing a piece on rodeos, cowboys and the experience of the competition.   I asked one bull rider to describe, if he could, what it felt like to ride a bull.    He thought for a … [Read more...]

Sermon – February 4, 2018 – Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Mark 1:29-39 Jesus’ healing stories are among some of my favorite in our entire body of scripture. I find great hope when I read them. Jesus shows up. Jesus seeks out. In these stories Jesus rarely holds back, healing those in need almost instantaneously. And in response to being healed, those … [Read more...]