Get Ready (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel was Luke 12:32-40. At this service, I officiated at the Holy Baptism of "Austin" (not his real name). Good morning, Austin. I’m so glad you’re here today. Today is a very special day for you. Today, we proclaim God’s love for … Continue reading Get Ready (Sermon)

The Waters of Perseverance (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Third Sunday in Lent (Year C). The gospel reading was Luke 13:1-9. An adult, whom I'm calling Susan here, was baptized in worship this morning. Our hearts are broken by the news lately. Fifty people were brutally murdered by a terrorist shooter … Continue reading The Waters of Perseverance (Sermon)

Forty-One

I haven't written a blog post about myself at a particular age in a while, and I'm running out of time to do so. We're getting very close to my current age, so I thought I'd better throw another one of those in before it's too late. (That, and I also couldn't come up with anything … Continue reading Forty-One

How Can You Give Your Time to God? (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The text I preached on was the Second Reading, Acts 8:14-17. This was the first in a four-week Stewardship Program. Today's theme was "Giving our Time to God Changes Everything." When word reached the apostles in Jerusalem that Samaria had accepted God’s word, … Continue reading How Can You Give Your Time to God? (Sermon)

Baptism vs. Rapture

Day 8, I suppose, of Walking and Blogging. I got my 10,000 steps in today, and here go some words. Not 10,000 of them, though. So, yesterday I neither got all my steps nor blogged. Last evening, when I got home from a pastoral emergency call, I gave myself the day off from both. I … Continue reading Baptism vs. Rapture

Moving the Source of Darkwater

What happened today was a long time coming. I have to start from the beginning. Forty-two years ago, I was baptized at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Breakerville, a small town in the coal regions of Pennsylvania. (I’ve changed the names of both the church and the town, for reasons you'll get to in a … Continue reading Moving the Source of Darkwater

Words are for Building Up, Not Tearing Down

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Mark 3:20-35. It was also the celebration of three baptisms -- I've changed the names of the children baptized for this blog.  Good morning, David and Lily. Good morning, Megan. I’m so glad you’re here today. I’m really excited … Continue reading Words are for Building Up, Not Tearing Down