Fig

Luke 13:1-9  Lent 3C Once upon a time there was a fig tree growing in the middle of a large orchard. It was an orchard of peach trees and apple trees and fig trees and lots of other trees as well. It was a lovely orchard with trees that were strong and beautiful, short and…

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And so on and so on….

Christmas 2C   Luke 2:41-52, Matthew 1:1-17 Perhaps the single most boring part of the gospels is the ancestry list in the first chapter of Matthew. The only challenger to this title of Most Boring might be the first few verses of Luke which recite nearly the exact same thing once again. At least Matthew did…

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King of the Universe

Christ the King Sunday Year A   Matthew 25:31-46 Baruch ata adoni elohenu, melek ha olam. Blessed are you o Lord our God, King of the Universe. Let us rejoice this day, for today is Christ the King Sunday. It is the day when we celebrate and commemorate the one true king, the king of the…

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Those Silly Bridesmaids

A note on this sermon: I owe a debt of gratitude to this sermon here by David R Henson because I shamelessly used portions of it in the beginning of my sermon to put into words my struggle with this text. His is probably far superior to mine anyway and it is worth more of…

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mary

Mother of God

Each year on the Sunday closest to August 15th I get to preach a sermon about Mary, the mother of Jesus. Now, that may seem just fine to some and strange to others. Most Lutherans have never concerned themselves very much with Mary, just like most of Protestant Christianity. I will admit that for most…

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Imposition

It is always a remarkable moment to stand here and see all of you looking back at me with the dark, cross-shaped smudges on your foreheads.  It is like holding up the bread and wine at communion and seeing, in a sense, the people of God through communion; to see the body of Christ amongst…

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