Wrestling with God (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The texts I preached on were Genesis 32:22-31 and Luke 18:1-8. We were also celebrating "Harvest Home." Walter was a wrestler. Well, kind of. In a way. I mean, really, he was a farmer, and he was one of the most hard-working people … Continue reading Wrestling with God (Sermon)

I Am So Grateful (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached Sunday, October 9, 2022. The gospel reading was Luke 17:11-19. The seed of this sermon was an article I wrote for last week's edition of my newsletter Biblia Luna. Have you checked out Biblia Luna? It's filled with my thoughts on the intersection of faith … Continue reading I Am So Grateful (Sermon)

A Seed is All the Seed it Needs (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached on Sunday, October 2, 2022. The gospel text was Luke 17:5-10. Now, right before this passage, Jesus had given his disciples some hard commands. He just told them they had to avoid being a stumbling block to anyone, and he told them that if someone … Continue reading A Seed is All the Seed it Needs (Sermon)

Right Now (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Luke 9:51-62. There are a lot of proverbs out there. I don’t mean the biblical book of proverbs. I mean sayings, folk wisdom, the kinds of things we repeat to ourselves and to each other. You know, things like, … Continue reading Right Now (Sermon)

The Tender Mercies (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached on the First Sunday of Advent, November 28, 2021. The texts I preached on were not the usual texts of the day. Rather, they were Luke 1:67-79 and Matthew 2:1-12. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people … Continue reading The Tender Mercies (Sermon)

The Raising of a Trauma (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fifth Sunday in Lent. You can view this sermon, along with the whole service, if you like, at Prince of Peace Ev. Lutheran Church's website. The gospel reading was John 11:1-45. "Lazarus, come out!" Don’t you wish that someone would call your … Continue reading The Raising of a Trauma (Sermon)

Filling Our Jar (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached today, the Third Sunday in Lent. The gospel reading was John 4:5-42. On account of the COVID-19 outbreak, we did not hold regular worship today. Instead, we filmed a version of worship with just a musician, an assisting minister, and me, and shared it via … Continue reading Filling Our Jar (Sermon)

Tempting the Church (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the First Sunday in Lent. The gospel text was Matthew 4:1-11. So Jesus had a party for his baptism. But it wasn’t like the parties that my wife and I hosted for our kids’ baptisms. Shortly after our daughter Zoe was baptized, we … Continue reading Tempting the Church (Sermon)

Letting Your Light Shine (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany. The gospel reading was Matthew 5:13-20. This was a really gimmicky sermon, so I'm going to write it like a script. I think that's the best way to present it in written format. MICHAEL: So, in today’s gospel…In … Continue reading Letting Your Light Shine (Sermon)

Blessed are You (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached on Sunday, the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany. Many apologies for the lateness of this post -- it's been a busy week. The gospel reading was Matthew 5:1-10, the "Beatitudes." Today’s gospel is about being blessed. It’s about blessings. And we know that we have been … Continue reading Blessed are You (Sermon)