The Lord’s Prayer – Annotated (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, July 28, 2019. The lectionary text was Luke 11:1-13. How well do you know how to pray? If you're like a lot of Christians, you probably think, "not so well." Yet, I bet you know how to pray better than you think. Jesus’ … Continue reading The Lord’s Prayer – Annotated (Sermon)

Like Feeding Cats

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was John 6:35, 41-51.  Martin Luther preached to his congregation one day, and he said this: I wish I could get you to pray the way that my dog goes after meat. Now, that’s a typical Martin Luther quote. It’s … Continue reading Like Feeding Cats

Name Your Fears

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached on Sunday, July 1, 2018. The gospel reading was Mark 5:21-43. I'm in the midst of a sermon series called "Words, Words, Words." The second commandment says this: You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God. Or, as an … Continue reading Name Your Fears

Invited to the Banquet

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached today. The gospel reading was Matthew 22:1-14.  As Lutherans, we talk a lot about grace, God’s love freely given. We understand that grace is God’s primary way of relating to us. Relying on insights that Luther rediscovered in Paul’s letters, we teach that Christ’s death … Continue reading Invited to the Banquet