For all the graduates and Moms and everyone dreading what tomorrows may bring: The Living Lord Jesus is our comfort today and tomorrow's cause for genuine, grounded hope. His resurrection is the reason we anticipate and embrace whatever the future brings. The Holy One of Israel goes with us into tomorrow as "my strength and … Continue reading Great in Your Midst is the Holy One
Sojourners and exiles, out of place and far from home. Ready or not, God moves us on to unfamiliar people and places in life. It's easy to get lost, lose oneself. God constantly calls and gathers us as his own children. He declares us his rightful and righteous heirs. Even when we're feeling most out … Continue reading Love The Brotherhood
Hear the full audio of "My Own Know Me" A sermon on John 10:11-16 and Ezekiel 34:11-16 3rd Sunday of Easter / Good Shepherd Sunday Jesus is the one Good Pastor, the Good Shepherd. Our town, our country and world has exactly one Good Shepherd who tends all His flocks. All others pale in comparison, … Continue reading My Own Know Me
"Tom Sawyer... skips school to swim and is made to whitewash the fence the next day as punishment. He cleverly persuades his friends to trade him small treasures for the privilege of doing his work. He then trades the treasures for Sunday School tickets which one normally receives for memorizing verses consistently, redeeming them … Continue reading The Tom Sawyer Approach
One can't just shut sinners out, though often we try... Jesus comes behind closed doors, bearing the marks people needed to obtain faith. Then, the Living Lord Jesus sends them out to forgive... Hear the full audio of "Behind Your Closed Doors" A sermon on John 20:19-31 Second Sunday of Easter
Old school Lutheran pastors were taught to prepare their sermons by first translating the texts for themselves. I'm not even 50 yet, and already I find myself among the last living generation of those taught by such old school means. We barely had VCRs when I was in seminary. Blockbuster movie rental (the kind you … Continue reading Spiritual Meals-Ready-to-Eat
Hear the full audio of "Who Will Move The Stone" A sermon on Mark 16:1-8 The Resurrection of Our Lord (Easter Sunday), 16 April 2017 We have a lot to learn from the faith of these women. The apostles themselves must learn from them, too. In their haste to make right what went undone, do … Continue reading Who Will Move The Stone?