“The Unbelievable Freedom of God”

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May 9, 2021 Acts 10:44-48 John 15:9-17   I wonder how many of you remember the contents of the message preached at your wedding service.  If I had to guess I would say, not many.  I don’t blame brides and grooms for that.  There’s often too much mental and emotional energy being directed elsewhere for […]

“What Happens When Resurrection Happens?”

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May 2, 2021 Acts 8:26-40   One of my friends and clergy colleagues, now retired, tells the story of baptizing the infant child of a somewhat troubled couple.  I don’t remember the specifics of their difficulties, but it was a small town and a small church and everybody knew everybody’s business.  So, whatever the issues […]

“What’s ‘Good’ about the Good Shepherd?”

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April 25, 2021 Acts 4:5-12 Psalm 23 John 10:11-18   During the season of Eastertide – that is, the 6 Sundays after Easter – the lectionary replaces the Old Testament lessons with readings from the Book of Acts.  In other words, rather than drawing our attention to the ancient witness of the scriptures that Jesus […]

“Why Do We Need a Bodily Resurrection?”

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April 18, 2021 Luke 24:36b-48 Acts 3:12-19   Make no mistake: if he rose at all It was as His body; If the cell’s dissolution did not reverse, the molecule reknit, The amino acids rekindle, The Church will fall.   It was not as the flowers, Each soft spring recurrent; It was not as His […]

“On Palm Sunday and Why Jesus Had to Die”

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March 28, 2021 Mark 11:1-11 Philippians 2:5-11 Palm/Passion Sunday   “Why did the dude have to die?”  My colleague at lectionary group shared this question the other day.  I should have listened more carefully because I don’t remember if the child who asked it was a relative of his or not, or how he knew […]

“John 3:16.”

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March 14, 2021 John 3:14-21   Here we are this morning with John 3:16, that passage that everybody knows.  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”  It seems wrong to read this passage in church […]

“On Being Free, the Ten Commandments, and the Cleansing of the Temple.”

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March 7, 2021 Exodus 20:1-17 John 2:13-22   Professor Joy J. Moore, for Luther Seminary’s team of “Sermon Brainwave” podcasters, turned commentary about the 10 Commandments into preaching the other day, and I have to say it was awesome.  I won’t do it justice, but I’ll try.  She reminded us that these set of rules […]

“Trust”

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Isaiah 40:21-31 Mark 1:29-39 The healing passages in the gospels are tricky and to be honest with you, sometimes I would rather not even deal with them. It’s not that I don’t believe that Christ is still healing and even doing so dramatically; it’s more that it seems like he’s doing it to a lesser […]

“Come and See.”

January 17, 2021 Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 John 1:43-51   This is a reflection from Wislawa Szymborska, called “A Contribution to Statistics.”  She writes:   Out of a hundred people those who always know better: fifty two doubting every step (?): nearly all the rest, glad to lend a hand if it doesn’t take too long […]

Baptism of the Lord

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Angela and I binge watched our way through the Crown.  Never having had much of an interest in British Royalty it surprised me how compelling, if not always enjoyable, I found the show to be.  There was one episode – or actually, a particular segment of an episode – that’s been playing in my mind […]

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