The Mercy I’ve Been Shown (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, the twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The gospel reading was Luke 8:26-39. The sermon was clearly inspired in part by the recent release of my book, Darkwater. The stories in scripture are our stories of faith, stories that tell us about ourselves and … Continue reading The Mercy I’ve Been Shown (Sermon)

A Question for You about Sharing

Just eight days until the release of my book Darkwater: A Pastor’s Memoir of Depression and Faith. I’m spending these days asking you some questions related to themes in the book. I invite you to answer in the comment section! One of the major themes of Darkwater is the public sharing of my struggle with … Continue reading A Question for You about Sharing

Where is God in THIS? (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fourth Sunday in Lent. Again, because of the COVID-19 threat, worship was done not in person but through an online pre-recorded video. You can view that here. The gospel reading was John 9:1-41. That was another long reading. But I actually think … Continue reading Where is God in THIS? (Sermon)

“Thank You”: Our Duty and Our Joy (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, October 13, 2019. The gospel text was Luke 17:11-19. Those ungrateful lepers. Jesus healed ten of them, and only one turned back to say “thank you.” It’s easy to look at this story, and focus on those nine ingrates. Even Jesus seems to … Continue reading “Thank You”: Our Duty and Our Joy (Sermon)

The Sabbath of Waiting (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this afternoon, at a "Holy Saturday Healing Service." The texts I used were Ezekiel 37:1-14; Zephaniah 3:14-20; and Isaiah 61:1-4, 9-11. A man went to his doctor because of an unusual ache, and she ordered a test to see if it might be cancer. The doctor … Continue reading The Sabbath of Waiting (Sermon)

Name Your Fears

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached on Sunday, July 1, 2018. The gospel reading was Mark 5:21-43. I'm in the midst of a sermon series called "Words, Words, Words." The second commandment says this: You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God. Or, as an … Continue reading Name Your Fears

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

Healing a Broken Church

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached at a special service called Order of Corporate Reconciliation. We offered this worship experience at my congregation as one of several opportunities for healing following a very contentious and conflicted congregational vote a few months ago. The most powerful moment in the service for me was during … Continue reading Healing a Broken Church

They Worshiped, but they Doubted

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, a day known as The Holy Trinity. The gospel reading was Matthew 28:16-20. The elephant in the room this morning was a very contentious vote the congregation took last week. Had the motion before the congregation passed, we would have become a Reconciling … Continue reading They Worshiped, but they Doubted

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)