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The "Stations of the Cross" are a spiritual tool commonly found in Roman Catholic churches. The Stations themselves are stops on a path that one walks. The path is like a pilgrimage of sorts, telling the story of the Passion of Jesus Christ. Each Station on the path represents one part of that story, and … Continue reading Fourteen

“Eat Me,” the Lord Said

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was yet another section of "The Bread of Life Chapter," John 6:51-58. In last week’s sermon, I mentioned that we are what we eat. There’s some truth to that; if you eat healthier, you will in general be healthier. But … Continue reading “Eat Me,” the Lord Said

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

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Emmaus

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, the Third Sunday of Easter. The gospel reading was Luke 24:13-35. In last week's sermon, I invited people to write down their fears on index cards, and get them to me. Many people did, and I incorporated some of them into today's sermon.  … Continue reading A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Emmaus

Do This in Re-Membrance of Me (Maundy Thursday)

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. This is my Maundy Thursday sermon. Click here for Good Friday. Click … Continue reading Do This in Re-Membrance of Me (Maundy Thursday)