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...]

Sermon – June 3, 2018 – Second Sunday after Pentecost

         Jesus heals on the sabbath. This is a fairly well known story— or at least the idea of Jesus’ healing upsetting the religious people of his time. Usually the narrative goes something like this: “Those horrible Pharisees only care about following rules. Jesus doesn’t care about following the … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 27, 2018 – Trinity Sunday

Today is Trinity Sunday, the only Sunday in the church year that is set aside for the recognition of a doctrine of the church, the only festival set aside to ponder a theological understanding of God, opposed to our other Sundays based on Jesus’ life and ministry.   As we will see in a short video, … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 20, 2018 – Pentecost and Confirmation Sunday

            This is my third year here at St. Matt’s and this is the third time I’ve preached on Confirmation Sunday. Every year, I’ve started my sermon nearly the exact same way and today is nothing different. See, I love Confirmation but it’s a day in the church that is often misunderstood. So, … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 13, 2018 – Seventh Sunday of Easter

  Where Everybody Knows Your Name (Intro:  Theme from “Cheers”) Sometimes you want to go Where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came. You wanna be where you can see, our troubles are all the same You wanna be where everybody knows Your … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 6, 2018 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

  Chosen and Befriended I think I told you the second half of this story, but not the first. So, here’s the first half. When I was confirmation age we were given the opportunity to go to the Badlands Bible Camp just outside of Medora, North Dakota.  It was a lovely place along the Little … [Read more...]

Sermon – April 29, 2018 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

So, a little botany to get us going this morning.  You will no doubt remember how water and nutrients move in a plant.  When we put an Okra seed in the ground it germinates and begins to grow.  A stem rises through the ground and begins transporting water and nutrients from the soil through the … [Read more...]

Sermon – April 22, 2018 – Fourth Sunday of Easter/Good Shepherd Sunday

  "I Am the Good Shepherd" It hasn’t always been the case, but these days, to be called a sheep is a disparaging term.. We get all offended when we hear it.  We contemptuously dismiss the label it doesn’t fit our ideal of who we are, autonomous people, independent thinkers, rugged … [Read more...]

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...]