Thirty-Nine

Hebrew law, according to Deuteronomy 25:1-3, allowed for flogging as a punishment for a crime. However, the number of lashes allowed in a flogging were to be no more than forty. "If more than that is given, your fellow Israelite would be completely disgraced in your eyes" (Deuteronomy 25:3, Common English Bible). Because forty was … Continue reading Thirty-Nine

What are You Excited About?

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Third Sunday of Easter. The gospel text was Luke 24:36b-48. Think of a place you love, a place you get excited about. Maybe it’s a place you go on vacation, or a childhood home, or something else. Think of a place that … Continue reading What are You Excited About?

Doubting Tiger, Suffering Dragon

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Second Sunday of Easter. The gospel reading was John 20:19-31. Poor Thomas. He never wanted that nickname, but he got it. Our gospel today tells us he was known as “the Twin,” but that’s not the nickname that stuck. No, thanks to … Continue reading Doubting Tiger, Suffering Dragon

The End is Not the End

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached on the Resurrection of Our Lord, Easter Day, April 1, 2018. The gospel reading was Mark 16:1-8. So [the women] went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. - … Continue reading The End is Not the End

Wait, and See What God Will Do

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached Holy Saturday, March 31, 2018. The readings that were read were Ezekiel 37:1-14; Zephaniah 3:14-20; and Isaiah 61:1-4, 9-11. This service included the Rite of Healing. And so we gather today on the Sabbath. The seventh day of the week. Genesis tells us that after … Continue reading Wait, and See What God Will Do

They All May Be One

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Seventh Sunday of Easter. The gospel text was John 17:1-11.  So…when Jesus had said all he wanted to say, He looked up to heaven and started to pray, “Father, this is my hour, the end of my story, So glorify me that … Continue reading They All May Be One

Peace Amid Fear

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached today, the Second Sunday of Easter. The gospel reading was John 20:19-31. I feel like I should be somewhere else today. And what’s pretty strange is that the place I feel I should be is St. Luke Lutheran Church, a little congregation in Archbald, which … Continue reading Peace Amid Fear