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)

On Earth as in Heaven (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, the Sixth Sunday of Easter. This is part of a series I'm preaching on the book of Revelation, which I've been referring to as "Crazy Uncle Revelation." The text today was Revelation 21:10, 22 -- 22:5. I’ve noticed that as people get older, … Continue reading On Earth as in Heaven (Sermon)

Who’s in Heaven, Anyway? (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fourth Sunday of Easter. I'm preaching a sermon series on the book of Revelation; today's text was Revelation 7:9-17. Today is the Fourth Sunday of Easter, a fifty-day season when we focus on Jesus’ resurrection, and what that means for us. Today … Continue reading Who’s in Heaven, Anyway? (Sermon)

Life without Afterlife

Trigger warning: This post gets dark toward the end.  I am a Christian. I am, in fact, an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, so I suppose that makes me a professional Christian. And yet, I find that I have a lot of trouble with one of the … Continue reading Life without Afterlife