Sermon – March 16, 2014 Lent 2

“Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you … [Read more...]

Sermon – February 16, 2014

The fields, this time of year, are beautiful. I was driving to Bloomington on Wednesday for a synod event and I was struck by the beauty of the wide, open spaces, covered in crisp, white, snow. You could just make out the brown remnants of last year’s harvest poking up out of the snow, and the brown … [Read more...]

Sermon – January 26, 2014

Simon Peter and Andrew were going about their work, preparing for a day on the Sea of Galilee, fishing. They tossed their heavy, bulky nets over the side of the boat and heard a man’s voice calling to them. He said “Follow me,” and immediately—immediately—Simon Peter and Andrew left their nets and … [Read more...]

Sermon – January 12, 2014

Last year at this time, I was in the Holy Land. Abandoning the piles of snow and the sub-zero temperatures of January in Minnesota, I flew half-way across the world with thirty of my Seminary classmates to Israel and Palestine. It was an incredible trip—a jam-packed two weeks as we visited Bethlehem … [Read more...]

Sermon – December 8, 2013 – Second Sunday of Advent

“A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.” Whether it is biologically accurate or not, when I think of a stump, I think of something no longer living. Something that is dead. Something that has been cut-off, something isolated. A useless remnant, … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 10, 2013

I’m going to ask you to do something for me this morning that might be a little difficult for you—something that might be out of your comfort zone. But I’m going to ask that you humor me, and just do it, okay? I’m going to ask you to raise your hand if you are a child of God. This is not a trick … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 20, 2013

Jacob was a trickster, a cheater. He was always trying to take what wasn’t his—he was always searching after that which belonged to someone else. Jacob was a trickster, a cheater. And it started the moment he was born. See, Jacob was born a twin. The second-born twin, to be exact. His older … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 6, 2013

The audio version of this sermon is unavailable due to technical problems. Sorry for the inconvenience. What would you do with an increase in faith? Think about that for a moment--What would you do with an increase in faith? If faith in this context means to trust in God, what would you do, in … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 29, 2013

“Alas for those who are at ease in Zion, and for those who feel secure on Mount Samaria. Alas for those who lie on beds of ivory, and lounge on their couches, and eat lambs from the flock, and calves from the stall; who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp, and like David improvise on … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 8, 2013

I had quite a laugh in my office earlier this week as I sat down to read the gospel lesson for today. Of course! I thought to myself—of course the new pastor, preaching for the first time at her new congregation would be invited to preach on words from Jesus that begin “whoever comes to me and does … [Read more...]