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)


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

Waiting in the Darkness

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached yesterday, the First Sunday of Advent. The gospel reading was Luke 21:25-36. I must confess: this sermon drew a lot from a sermon by Frederick Buechner entitled "Waiting," found in his book Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons. I hope I haven't breached … Continue reading Waiting in the Darkness

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

The Hope of the Reformation

I write a monthly article for my congregation's newsletter. I just wrote my October article today, focusing on the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. As I wrote it, I thought, "This might work well as a blog entry too." So here's an adapted version of it. For those of you who are in … Continue reading The Hope of the Reformation

Lo, the Lord Makes Merry, World Without End

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. We were using an old Lutheran liturgy as part of our year-long commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. The gospel text I preached on was Luke 15:11-32. The liturgy we are using today was published in 1958. Things sure have changed … Continue reading Lo, the Lord Makes Merry, World Without End

Never Abandoned

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Sixth Sunday of Easter. The gospel reading was John 14:15-21.  A word of explanation: I always invite the "young and young at heart" forward for what I call "Story Time." I usually find a creative way to tell them the gospel story … Continue reading Never Abandoned