“Thank You”: Our Duty and Our Joy (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, October 13, 2019. The gospel text was Luke 17:11-19. Those ungrateful lepers. Jesus healed ten of them, and only one turned back to say “thank you.” It’s easy to look at this story, and focus on those nine ingrates. Even Jesus seems to … Continue reading “Thank You”: Our Duty and Our Joy (Sermon)

Fifty-Eight

A few months ago, I started a series of posts dealing with numbers. I shared some interesting fact or story about one number each post, starting with the number 1. I got up to 57, before getting distracted by other things. (Besides, the 57 post involved the Heinz product "MayoChup," which scared the bejeezus out … Continue reading Fifty-Eight

Who Says Everything is Meaningless?

When I was a freshman in college, I lived in the "freshman dorm." Some of you might remember such things. A whole pile of 18- and 19-year-olds, just out of their nests, filled with hormones and alcohol. I remember standing outside on several frigid nights, waiting for the fire alarm to be reset after someone … Continue reading Who Says Everything is Meaningless?

The Right Direction (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Luke 17:5-10. We also celebrated the Holy Baptism of an infant child, whom I'll call Paxton here. Good morning, Paxton. I’m so glad you’re here today. Today you are baptized. Today God washes you clean of your sin. Today … Continue reading The Right Direction (Sermon)

Crossing the Chasm (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Luke 16:19-31. During worship this morning, we celebrated the baptism of an infant I'm calling Matthew. Good morning, Matthew. I’m so glad you’re here today. Today you are washed by the waters of Baptism. Today God claims you as … Continue reading Crossing the Chasm (Sermon)

Whom Will You Serve? (sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Luke 16:1-13. For centuries, scholars have been confounded by this parable. This is without a doubt one of the most confusing stories Jesus ever told. It’s a story of a man caught by his boss, caught for squandering money. … Continue reading Whom Will You Serve? (sermon)

Seeking the Lost (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Luke 15:1-10. Today’s gospel is about being lost. Ever been lost in the woods? I used to hike a lot, and on occasion, I got lost. This was before smart phones, so the only things I had were maybe … Continue reading Seeking the Lost (Sermon)