Sermon – October 14, 2018 – Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

  The Rich Young Man I had the heady experience one time in seminary to be an invited along with some PhD students to dine at the home of my New Testament professor Dr. Ed Krentz.   Dr. Krentz was one of those professors one felt privileged to learn from and we held him in some cautious … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 7, 2018 – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Kingdom Relationships Wow   that’s a lot to have to deal with. This text comes around every three years and I find it very difficult to preach on because it is so harsh, it seems. So hard to hear, because the fact is 50 percent of marriages fail and end in divorce, and that hurts. If this was … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 30, 2018 – Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Amen.   In the chair-ish yoga classes I’ve taken with Rachel, there is a move where she has us stand behind the chair with one hand raised in the air and one hand lightly … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 23, 2018 – Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Jesus Loves the Little Children I was listening the other day to Mahalia Jackson, maybe the finest gospel singer in history, sing “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” a song so full of grace and welcome that it has endured for decades . . . it became the only gospel song to ever achieve … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 16, 2018 – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

  The Whole Story For the longest time, I resisted using a digital calendar like the one on my computer and phone. I used to be satisfied carrying around my little red pastor’s pocket calendar where I would write my appointments and upcoming events. But, since I tend to get distracted, I, … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 9, 2018 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Grinding Gears I saw a news story the other day where three kids try to carjack the vehicle of a 72-year-old woman. They held a gun to her head until she gave them the keys. The kids jumped into the car and discovered that it was a stick shift. They couldn’t get the car to go and all they did was … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 2, 2018 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

One of the first things that I did fresh at my first call church was to develop a weekly Sunday bulletin with everything in it so that we didn’t have to use the green LBW, Lutheran book of worship. I did that because if you remember that hymnal, there were page numbers in the front which was the … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 26, 2018 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Choices It’s no surprise to any of us that we live in a bad news, good news world. It’s not hard to find the bad news. The fires out West, hurricanes in Hawaii, we have hungry people and thirsty around the world, children still die from manageable diseases, violence has become a fetish and a form … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 19, 2018 – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Welcome, Stranger So, if you’ll bear with me, I have to talk to that guy in the back for a second. I was always afraid that you would show up on a Sunday like this, knowing that you never been to church before or it’s been so long that you can’t remember the last time. You don’t have to wave and … [Read more...]

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...]