The 4th Quaker Question

Last week, I wrote a post about a recent event I attended with about six or seven other church leaders. While there, we were invited to answer the "Four Quaker Questions" together. I wrote about the first three questions in that post. If you didn't read it, feel free to go there now. Don't worry … Continue reading The 4th Quaker Question

What on Earth is Heaven? (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Luke 20:27-38. As Lutherans, we don’t tend to talk about heaven very much. We usually focus more on how Christ affects us in this life. But in November, as we approach the end of the church year in two … Continue reading What on Earth is Heaven? (Sermon)

God’s All About Forgiveness (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached today, Reformation Sunday. The texts I preached on were Jeremiah 31:31-34 and John 8:31-36. It was also the occasion of Confirmation for two of our young people. I'm calling them John and Paul here. (I'm in a Beatles mood, I guess.) John and Paul. It … Continue reading God’s All About Forgiveness (Sermon)

Unknown Paths: Another Afternoon of Labyrinths

This is the fifth part of a series about a trip I took to western New York, something of a pilgrimage, to find and walk labyrinths. If you missed them, click here for Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four. I walked four labyrinths on Saturday morning, and dealt with some questions about … Continue reading Unknown Paths: Another Afternoon of Labyrinths

Listening for Voices: Another Morning of Labyrinths

This is the fourth part of a series about a trip I took to western New York, something of a pilgrimage, to find and walk labyrinths. If you missed them, click here for Part One, Part Two, and Part Three. I woke up bright and early Saturday in my hotel room in Rochester, grabbed some … Continue reading Listening for Voices: Another Morning of Labyrinths

Hidden God, Fading Light: An Afternoon of Labyrinths

In my last blog post, I shared the four labyrinths I walked this morning in the Buffalo, New York region. In the afternoon, I walked another four. These four walks don't tell a cohesive story in the same way, but I'd still like to tell you about them. After a nice coffee break at Tim … Continue reading Hidden God, Fading Light: An Afternoon of Labyrinths

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)