John 1:43-51 When a person senses a call to ministry in the ELCA, one of the first things they are required to do is sit before a board of people made up of members of the Bishop staff, the Bishop, pastors, and lay persons, called the Candidacy Committee in order to “prove” they are an … More Come and See!
Mark 1:4-11 In his book entitled, “Peculiar Treasures: A Biblical Who’s who”, pastor/theologian, Frederick Buechner, expands upon what scripture tells us about John the Baptist. He writes; “John the Baptist didn’t fool around. He lived in the wilderness around the Dead Sea. He subsisted on a starvation diet, and so did his disciples. He wore … More Baptism of our Lord, 2018
John 1:1-14 A few weeks ago our office assistant, Debby, came to my office and asked if she could take Gabrielle shopping after work with her granddaughter, Alyssa, to buy a dress for Christmas. With no meeting that night, thinking it would be fun to go along, that evening, the four of us, along with … More Christmas Day 2017
First Sunday of Christmas 31 December 2017 (Isaiah 61:10-62:3 Galatians 4:4-7 Luke 2:22-40) “I Beg to Differ!” I am excited this morning because this is such an important text for Luke’s entire Gospel and the Books of Acts, and, quite honestly, I do not get to preach on this text very often. But having said … More “I Beg to Differ!”
Christmas Eve 24 December 2017 (Isaiah 9:2-7 Psalm 96 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-20) “Poking Holes in the Dark!” The film, Christmas with the Kranks, has made a real comeback this holiday season. In many ways this story is a contemporary adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It is the story of Luther and Nora … More “Poking Holes in the Dark!”
Advent 2017 — Who will separate us from the love of Christ? A homily given by Dee Lockman to the St. James Congregation December 13, 2017 Romans 8 26 Likewise the spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very spirit intercedes with sighs … More Advent Midweek 2, 2017
Third Sunday of Advent 17 December 2017 (Isaiah 61:1-4; 8-11 Psalm 126 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28) “Called to the Witness Stand!” I really like John the Baptist! Not so much the well-manicured, every-whisker-in-place guy we sometimes dress up for our Christmas pageants. Rather, I prefer the loud-voiced mammoth out in the wildness trying … More “Called to the Witness Stand!”