What? Why? Huh? (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fifth Sunday in Lent. The gospel text was John 12:1-8. Did you ever hear the story of the blind men and the elephant? It comes from India, and it’s been told a number of ways. Here’s one way: There were once six … Continue reading What? Why? Huh? (Sermon)

The Victory of Life and Peace (Holy Saturday)

I preached four times this weekend, during the "Great Three Days" worship service that lasts from Thursday evening through Sunday morning. In current Evangelical Lutheran liturgical understanding, this is one long service that begins with Maundy Thursday and ends with the Vigil of Easter. Click here for Maundy Thursday. Click here for Good Friday. This is Holy … Continue reading The Victory of Life and Peace (Holy Saturday)


This morning I attended an Episcopal church. They offered laying on of hands and anointing with oil for healing this morning. I took advantage of the opportunity. The priest asked my name, and laid his hands on my head, saying something like, "Michael, I lay my hands upon you in the Name of the Father, and of … Continue reading Anointed