First Sunday in Lent 18 February 2018 (Genesis 9:8-17 Psalm 25 1 Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:9-15) “A Love that loves us best of All!” [When this sermon was first preached on the First Sunday of Lent, it was enhanced with a PowerPoint presentation depicting Maurice Sendak’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are!”] This past Wednesday … More “A Love that loves us best of all!”
Ash Wednesday 2018 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 If you haven’t yet noticed, in being the church who lives in the world, we come together to usher in the season of Lent on the day our religious calendars mark as Ash Wednesday, on that which our secular calendars mark as the day of love… With this, as … More Ash Wednesday: What’s love got to do with it?
Transfiguration 2018 Mark 9:2-9 So today we celebrate the final day of the season of Epiphany before we enter into the season of Lent. The day our liturgical calendar deems, “The Transfiguration of Our Lord”. Our gospel text for the day, describes those events that regular church goers are all too familiar with. Jesus, along … More A Journey Incomplete
Mark 1: 29-39 Directly following our assigned gospel reading from last week, in which Jesus drives out an unclean spirit from a man possessed in the synagogue, our gospel for this weekend continues in the story of Jesus fighting against that which we could describe as “evil”. From the synagogue, to the home of Simon … More Set Free to Serve
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany 28 January 2018 (Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Psalm 111 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Mark 1:21-28) “Showdown in the Spirit!” There are many stories of Jesus healing individuals throughout the scriptures. In fact, in Mark alone, of the 18 miracles Jesus performs, 13 of them are stories of Jesus healing another person. I find that … More “Showdown in the Spirit!”
Third Sunday after Epiphany 21 January 2018 (Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Psalms 62 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 Mark 1:14-20) “When God Repents!” Since I do not have the opportunity to preach on the Book of Jonah very often, as I begin my sermon there are two things I need you to know from the very outset. 1.) … More “When God Repents!”
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!