Sermon – August 26, 2001 – A Sabbath Healing

August 26, 2001 Luke 13:10-17 A Sabbath Healing In an age of medical miracles and wonders and almost unfathomable science and technology, in a time of absolute confidence in such things, I read in a magazine some time ago that a study in North Carolina showed that older Americans who engage in … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 12, 2001

August 12, 2001 Like most Americans, I don’t care for waiting. I am the guy behind you at the stoplight drumming his fingers on the steering wheel, frustrated because the light hasn’t changed. I am the who sits in the doctor’s office snapping the pages of the magazine because I’ve been kept … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 5, 2001 – The Parable of the Rich Fool

August 5, 2001 Luke 12:13-21 The Parable of the Rich Fool The story is told of the Amish fellow who, because of his hard work and enterprise found his business growing, decided he would benefit from the use of a computer. And so he went to the Elders of the fellowship and asked for permission to … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 22, 2001 – Mary and Martha

July 22, 2001 Luke 10:38-42 Mary and Martha My mother is one to whom cleanliness is clearly next to godliness. I grew up in that environment, so whenever I read the story of Mary and Martha, I am inclined to come to Martha’s defense. I want to take her side. She was doing the work of … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 15, 2001 – The Good Samaritan

July 15, 2001 Luke 10:25-37 The Good Samaritan It was Christmas Day in 1993. I was in the seminary at the time, and as part of my training I was assigned to a teaching parish in the Chicago area. Part of my responsibilities there was to preach from time to time, teach, do pastoral care, etc., … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 24, 2001 – Healing of the Gerasene Demoniac

Luke 8:26-39 June 24, 2001 Healing of the Gerasene demoniac I remember a remark that Sam Donaldson made when Jimmy Carter was the President. Donaldson was in the White House press corps at the time and his job, of course, was to gain as much access to the President as possible. Well, President … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 10, 2001 – Trinity Sunday

Do they still make the Rubik's Cube? Do you think they still make that vicious little thing? Rubik's Cube was a little cube shaped puzzle and on it were dozens of little colored squares. The point was to turn this cube and those little squares until each side was all the same color. It was … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 3, 2001 – Special Effects

Pentecost Sunday June 3, 2001 Special Effects Acts 2:1-21 I have not seen, but I would love to see Hollywood, with its technical prowess and special effects, portray the Pentecost. I suppose it was done in some old movie, but technology has advanced considerably since the old epic biblical movies … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 27, 2001 – That They May Be One

Seventh Sunday of Easter May 27, 2001 That They May Be One John 17:20-26 I attended a synod convention a couple of years ago where the guest speaker was a wise and wonderful man, Dr. James Nestigen from Luther Seminary, and he told us about a fellow who lived way up north in Minnesota. He was … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 20, 2001 – My Peace I Leave You

Sixth Sunday of Easter May 20, 2001 My Peace I Leave You John 14:23-29 From as far back as I can remember as a child I was in church every Sunday. Now, I imagine there were times when I was sick or something came up, but I don't recall them. What I remember is that I was in church every … [Read more...]