Baptism vs. Rapture

Day 8, I suppose, of Walking and Blogging. I got my 10,000 steps in today, and here go some words. Not 10,000 of them, though. So, yesterday I neither got all my steps nor blogged. Last evening, when I got home from a pastoral emergency call, I gave myself the day off from both. I … Continue reading Baptism vs. Rapture

Moving the Source of Darkwater

What happened today was a long time coming. I have to start from the beginning. Forty-two years ago, I was baptized at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Breakerville, a small town in the coal regions of Pennsylvania. (I’ve changed the names of both the church and the town, for reasons you'll get to in a … Continue reading Moving the Source of Darkwater

Yes, And…

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the day called The Holy Trinity. We also celebrated the Sacrament of Holy Baptism with two children this morning. I've changed their first names in this blog, but their middle name is the same. The readings this morning were Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, … Continue reading Yes, And…

Unbind him, and let him loose!

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fifth Sunday in Lent. It was my first Sunday back after my twelve-week medical leave. The gospel reading was John 11:1-45, which I recited from a paraphrase of scripture called The Message. It is good to be back from my medical leave, and … Continue reading Unbind him, and let him loose!

Surprised by Mercy

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached on Sunday, July 10. Two important themes of the day were the Holy Baptism of a child named Owen (not his real name), and the Spiritual Gift of "mercy." The gospel reading for the day was Luke 10:25-37, the story of the Good Samaritan. Good … Continue reading Surprised by Mercy