Because God First Loved Us

Luke 10:25-37 Last Wednesday evening I wish I had brought a camera to the pulpit with me so I could have taken a quick snapshot of everyone when I mentioned that we were going to spend some time during Lent thinking and talking about forgiveness. The expression on many faces was something like: “Really? Do…

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Ashes To Life

Phil 3:17-4:1 Luke 13:31-35  Lent 2C Well, believe it or not, it is already the second Sunday of Lent. This season has crept up on me this year and I think I am not alone in that. It has come quite early, since it is set by the date of Easter and that date changes…

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Loser

Here we begin our Lenten journey, the 40 days of preparation for Easter. It is the beginning of our journey to the cross. Seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the coming of the wise men to see the new born king. Lent comes early this year and we are barely beyond the start of…

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When You Pass Through The Waters

Baptism of Our Lord Year C Isaiah 43:1-7 Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 One of the interesting things I noticed when I became a Lutheran some years ago was the amount of time people spent talking about baptism. ‘Remember your baptism’ was a phrase unfamiliar to me but commonly on the lips of the Lutheran pastors I…

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Be Raised

Lent 2B Mark 8:31-38 A friend of mine wrote on his Facebook status: Christians are called to: Go, Suffer, Die, and Be Raised. The problem in this is that the only thing we want to participate in is the being raised part. He’s probably right. And why wouldn’t that be right? Who wants to go…

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Woe To Me

Epiphany 5B 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 Today’s sermon was difficult for me to prepare. Not because of a lack of something to say! Quite the opposite, really. There are so many interesting things happening in the scriptures for today that I could hardly decide what to talk about first! There is so much great stuff! We…

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