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Easter 3: April 15th, 2018 Sermon: You are witnesses!

Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48“You are witnesses of these things.”Karoline Lewis, professor of preaching at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, MN,Writes a weekly column on the Sunday lectionary texts.This week, she began her column in the following way:“Notice [that] Jesus’ address to the disciples is not,“you will be witnesses.”Not, “please be […]

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Sunday sermon April 8: Still I Rise

Easter 2 April 8, 2018Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; John 20:19-31 Alleluia! Christ is risen!Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia! It is so good to be at Easter.  You know, it is still Easter.  You know, that we have to keep up our whooping and hollering for Fifty Days at least, fifty days all the way into Pentecost. We are a people […]

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Easter Day Sermon April 1 I have nothing to say

Easter Day April 1, 2018 Mark 16:1-8I’ve got nothing to say today, sorry.  April Fools! Alleluia! Christ is risen!Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!  In honor of this feast day on this first day of April, first a few sentences from one of the craziest trumpeters of the faith, who knew a good joke when he heard one.  I’m talking […]

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March 18 Lent 5 Sermon Truth with a capital “T”

Sunday, March 18, 2018 Fifth Sunday in Lent John 12:20-33I want to applaud defiance today. I want to cast my lot with those who for me have a singular devotion to truth, truth with a capital “T,” the kind of truth that Jesus says sets us free. Maybe you’re a student who in confronting the strength of the […]

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Lent 4 Sermon March 11 Life is difficult

Lent 4 March 11, 2018Numbers 21:4-9; John 3:14-21 I have learned, and I am learning that life is best understood in a longer arc than I may have imagined when I was younger. I don’t know exactly what I was expecting when I first became a pastor, only that I knew my roughly twenty-one years of school […]

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March 4th (Lent 3): Foolishness!

Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22 The Apostle Paul says in our 1 Corinthians reading today,“For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of […]

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February 25 Sermon Lent 2: A little faith

A little faith     2 Lent February 25, 2018Genesis 17:1–7, 15–16; Romans 4:13–25; Mark 8:31–38Paul, St. Paul, the writer of many letters in the New Testament, was either off the wall, or crazy writing clause after clause before getting to a conclusion, or being all personal, or something being spot on in theological or spiritual prowess that breaks […]

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February 18th (Lent 1): Lenten Preparation

Mark 1:9-15, Psalm 25:1-10, Genesis 9:8-17, 1 Peter 3:18-22 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”Welcome, all, to the first Sunday of the season of Lent.This penitential season began on Ash WednesdayWith the reminder that we are dust, and to dust we shall return.It […]

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Ash Wednesday Sermon February 14 My prayer closet

Ash WednesdayWednesday, February 14, 2018 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21I want to find the space in my prayer closet this Lent. This is not a cozy place in Lent, but like a time-out chair that really does make you think.  Today’s entry is a day of repentance, where our limitations, cruelties, misplaced loyalties, unhealthy habits, and active apathy are […]

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February 11 Transfiguration Sunday Sermon: For now we see in a mirror, dimly

Transfiguration of our Lord February 11, 20182 Kings 2:1-12; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9  Listen now to First Corinthians 13, verse 12: For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face.  In the world of Harry Potter, the main character, the young student wizard studying at Hogwarts school for wizards, Harry […]

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May 28 Sermon: Where Do We Go From Here?

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