A long time ago, I read about the difference between maximizers and satisficers. As I understand it (which may be incomplete or just plain wrong, I’ll admit), a maximizer is someone who always needs to find the perfect answer for something, and a satisficer is someone who determines a level that is “good enough,” and … Continue reading That’ll do, Self. That’ll do.
The very first creed of the Christian church was two words: Kyrios Iesous. Or, in English, "Jesus is Lord." That was it. At first, there was no Apostles Creed, no virgin birth, no Council of Nicaea, no Holy Trinity, no theories of the redemption. Just two words. Kyrios Iesous. It was a political statement. The … Continue reading God loves us. Why have we forgotten?
This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany. The gospel reading was Matthew 5:21-37, the third consecutive reading from the Sermon on the Mount. The sermon presupposes two things: first, that you just heard the gospel reading. (Well, they all presuppose that, but this one more … Continue reading Jonah on the Mount (Sermon)
This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached on Sunday, the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany. Many apologies for the lateness of this post -- it's been a busy week. The gospel reading was Matthew 5:1-10, the "Beatitudes." Today’s gospel is about being blessed. It’s about blessings. And we know that we have been … Continue reading Blessed are You (Sermon)
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
This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Luke 21:5-19. It’s all falling apart, isn’t it? You know, our world, our nation. Our community. Our church. Even our bodies. It’s all falling apart. Of course, Jesus said it would. Jesus stood outside the temple, the majestic, magnificent … Continue reading Not a Hair on Your Head (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)
This is an adapted version of my sermon from this morning. The gospel text was Luke 12:13-21. Alcoholics Anonymous began in 1939 as a support group designed to help people trying to quit drinking. At the core of AA are twelve steps that each member is expected to follow. These twelve steps include things like … Continue reading Living with Affluenza (Sermon)
This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. It was preached in character, as an imaginary innkeeper on the road between Jerusalem and Jericho (the J-J Highway of the title). The gospel text was the so-called Parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37. My name is Josiah. I run an inn … Continue reading The Innkeeper on the J-J Highway (Sermon)
This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached on Sunday, July 7. The gospel reading was Luke 10:1-11, 16-20. Apologies for the lateness of this post. God has work for you to do. Do you know how big this work is? Jesus says, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like a flash of … Continue reading Big Grace, Big Work (Sermon)