Clinging

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, All Saints Sunday. The gospel text was John 11:32-44, the raising of Lazarus. One day, not long after Halloween, a day not unlike today, a monkey came upon a jar filled with Halloween candy. It’s not important how this jar got into the … Continue reading Clinging

Oh, the Places You’re Free

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached today, Reformation Sunday. It was also the occasion of the Confirmation of two of our youth, Erinn and Jared. The gospel reading was John 8:31-36. As part of the sermon, I read aloud from a copyrighted book; instead of printing the book's word's here, I … Continue reading Oh, the Places You’re Free

“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

Fear and Grumbling in Capernaum

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, August 5, 2018. The gospel text was John 6:24-35. Did you ever wonder how we’re supposed to behave as a congregation? Luckily, scripture gives us several models for how to do that. In fact, two of those models are in today’s readings. The … Continue reading Fear and Grumbling in Capernaum

The Body of Christ, Given for …

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached Sunday, July 29. The gospel text was John 6:1-21, John's telling of the Feeding of the Five Thousand and of Jesus walking on the sea.  I wonder what those five thousand people were hungry for? Just food? Perhaps also peace. hope. Comfort. Healing. And Jesus … Continue reading The Body of Christ, Given for …

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…

Blah, Blah, Blah

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fourth Sunday of Easter. The gospel text was John 10:11-18.  Blah, blah, blah. Today’s gospel mentions a voice, the voice of the Good Shepherd. The sheep hear his voice, and they follow him. There is only one Good Shepherd. His voice is … Continue reading Blah, Blah, Blah

Doubting Tiger, Suffering Dragon

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Second Sunday of Easter. The gospel reading was John 20:19-31. Poor Thomas. He never wanted that nickname, but he got it. Our gospel today tells us he was known as “the Twin,” but that’s not the nickname that stuck. No, thanks to … Continue reading Doubting Tiger, Suffering Dragon

Sir, We Wish to See Jesus

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fifth Sunday in Lent. It was also the day I baptized a baby we'll call "Matthew" for the purposes of this blog. The gospel reading was John 12:20-33. Good morning, Matthew. I’m glad you’re here today! Today is a very special day … Continue reading Sir, We Wish to See Jesus

Lifted Up the Pole

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fourth Sunday of Lent (year B). The gospel text was John 3:14-21. This was my first time preaching after a major winter storm came through our area nine days ago, knocking out power for several days.  An illustration for this sermon came … Continue reading Lifted Up the Pole