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The Persistent God

The texts for Sunday, February 19, 2017:  Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18;  Psalm 119:33-40; 1 Corinthians 3:10-11,16-23; and Matthew 5:38-48 Well, this morning, we are sure confronted in the texts with an … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Voice Crying Out || Spoken Word

The texts for Sunday, December 7, 2014 (Advent 2B): Isaiah 40:1–11; Psalm 85:1–2, 8–13; 2 Peter 3:8–15a; and Mark 1:1–8. The audio of the sermon:  Advent 2B Here is my first ever attempt at Spoken … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · 4 Comments

God Tearing Open the Heavens

The texts for Sunday, November 30, 2014 (Advent 1B): Isaiah 64:1–9; Psalm 80:1–7, 17–19; 1 Corinthians 1:3–9; and Mark 13:24–37 Audio of sermon:  Sermon Advent 1B … In the demonstrations and riots and commentaries in … Continue reading

December 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

We (Will) Rise

The texts for Sunday, November 10, 2013 (Lectionary 32): Job 19:23–27a; Psalm 17:1–9; 2 Thessalonians 2:1–5, 13–17; and Luke 20:27–38. “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and that at the last he will stand … Continue reading

November 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Lamed Vavniks

The texts Sunday, July 28, 2013 (lectionary 17): Genesis 18:20-32; Psalm 138; Colossians 2:6-15 [16-19]; and Luke 11:1-13 “Then Abraham came near and said, ‘Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? … Continue reading

July 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Use of Power

The texts for Sunday, June 16,2013 (Lectionary 11C):  2 Samuel 11:26—12:10; 12:13–15;  Psalm 32; Galatians 2:15–21; and Luke 7:36—8:3 “Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the LORD, the … Continue reading

June 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Way of the Cross

The texts for Sunday September 16, 2012 (Lection 24): Isaiah 50:4–9a; Psalm 116:1–9; James 3:1–12; and Mark 8:27–38. “He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If … Continue reading

September 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

about: power

The texts for Sunday, March 25, 2012: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12; Hebrews 5:5-10; and John 12:20-33 The ability to dominate, to control, to destroy, to hurt, to kill is often perceived as power. As … Continue reading

March 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Taking Up Your Cross

The texts for Sunday, March 4, 2012: Genesis 17:1–7, 15–16; Psalm 22:23–31; Romans 4:13–25; Mark 8:31–38. I confess that I cringe when I read this gospel text. I’ve rarely heard … Continue reading

March 6, 2012 · 2 Comments

Reflections of the Manger

The texts for Christmas Day, 2011: Isaiah 52:7–10, Psalm 98, Hebrews 1:1–12, and John 1:1–14 Christmas morning—thanks to inspiration from Nadia Bolz-Weber, the House For All Sinners and Saints, and … Continue reading

December 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

Mary: The Child Bride

The texts for Sunday, December 18, 2011: 2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16; Psalm 89:1–4, 19–26; Romans 16:25–27; and Luke 1:26–38. She might have been 12 or 13 or maybe 15 at … Continue reading

December 19, 2011 · Leave a comment

God’s Just Playfulness

The texts for November 20, 2011: Ezekiel 34:11–16, 20–24; Psalm 95:1–7a; Ephesians 1:15–23; and Matthew 25:31–46 “For the LORD is our God, and we are the people of God’s pasture and the sheep of … Continue reading

November 11, 2011 · Leave a comment

Context is Everything

The texts for Sunday, November 13, 2011:  Zephaniah 1:7, 12–18;  Psalm 90:1–12; 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11; and Matthew 25:14–30 “The great day of the LORD is near, near and hastening fast; … Continue reading

November 10, 2011 · 1 Comment

The Heart of God’s Law

The texts for Sunday, October 23, 2011 are: Leviticus 19:1–2, 15–18; Psalm 1; 1 Thessalonians 2:1–8; and Matthew 22:34–46 “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” … Continue reading

October 21, 2011 · Leave a comment

Ethics of Eating

It’s been almost a month ago now since I went off to a conference sponsored by ELCA World Hunger about the “Ethics of Eating.” At the conference, we talked about … Continue reading

October 18, 2011 · Leave a comment

God’s Two Hands

The texts for Sunday, October 16, 2011 are: Isaiah 45:1–7; Psalm 96:1–13; 1 Thessalonians 1:1–10; and Matthew 22:15–22 “I am the LORD, and there is no other; besides me there … Continue reading

October 15, 2011 · Leave a comment

Sunrise is coming…

The texts for Sunday, September 18, 2011 were: Jonah 3:10—4:11; Psalm 145:1–8; Philippians 1:21–30; and Matthew 20:1–16. “Sunrise is coming,” she said. That was the only response I got when … Continue reading

September 19, 2011 · Leave a comment

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