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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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Well, That Was Unexpected

Pentecost Sunday Numbers 11:24-30  Acts 2:1-21  John 20:19-23 It is Pentecost Sunday! Everywhere you look, you can see red and doves. Red paraments, doves in the air, all symbols of the Holy Spirit. This is when we celebrate the birth of the church—the event that is described in our reading from Acts. Today is a…

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The Terrible Work

“Good Friday is the day you can do nothing. Bewailing and lamenting your manifold sins does not in itself make up for them. Scouring your soul in a frenzy of spring cleaning only sterilizes it; it does not give it life. On Good Friday, finally, we are all, mourners and mockers alike, reduced to the…

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Why Is This Different?

Maundy Thursday   Exodus 12:1-14, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, John 13:1-17, 31-35 Why is this night different from all other nights?  For starters, everything is in a different order than any other worship service of the whole year. I’m here in the pulpit doing a sermon at the very beginning of everything, which seems odd but since…

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Those Blessed Feet

In anticipation of Maundy Thursday, here’s a reprint post from a couple of years ago that looks at the John 13 text about footwashing. Earlier today some colleagues and I had a bit of a debate and discussion about foot washing. It was timely since tomorrow is Maundy Thursday and footwashing, a common occurence on this…

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All Saints

All Saints Sunday Year B      Isaiah 25:6-9, Revelation 21:1-6a, John 11:32-44 For weeks now we’ve had some difficult topics to deal with in the scriptures each Sunday. From camels and needles, the rich struggling to fit into heaven, to divorce and very high, nearly unreachable standards. Even the reformation can be difficult to talk about, especially…

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Flesh and Blood

Pentecost 13 B   John 6:56-69 Have you ever had one of those times where you read something in the bible and thought—I just don’t get it!! Have you ever read something or heard something and thought—I do not even understand that enough to what they’re talking about much less know if I agree! Those can…

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