Food, Grace, Abundance: A Sermon for Bread of Life Sunday #1

Lutheran Church of the Cross, Arlington Heights 29 July 2018 + Lectionary 17B (Pentecost 10) John 6.1-21 Last week, I preached a sermon about rest. In the midst of so much busyness and hurry and important but exhausting work, Jesus bids his disciples to come away and rest… And in the midst of our own …

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Love That Won’t Let Go: A Sermon on Amos, Righteous Anger, and Tough Love

Lutheran Church of the Cross, Arlington Heights 15 July 2018 + Lectionary 15B (Pentecost 8) Amos 7.7-15 I have some bad news. I tried so hard to get a fantastic guest preacher for this morning, but Amos just wasn’t available. I know how much we were all looking forward to a good old-fashioned fire-and-brimstone, sinners-in-the-hands-of-angry-God …

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A Sermon about Rejection and the Persistent Love of God That Breaks Through Anyway (especially when and where we least expect it)

Lutheran Church of the Cross, Arlington Heights 8 July 2018 + Lectionary 14B (Pentecost 7) Mark 6.1-13 Rejection hurts. No one likes being rejected. Because rejection means exclusion. And we’ve all experienced it. Being rejected goes back as far as we have memory: Being excluded from the “cool kids” lunch table. Being chosen last for …

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A Sermon about Healing, Subverting Boundaries, and the Promise of Restoration to Community

Edgebrook Lutheran Church, Chicago 1 July 2018 + Lectionary 13B (Pentecost 6) Mark 5.21-43 “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore…” Those are, of course, Judy Garland’s, aka Dorothy Gale’s, famous words from The Wizard of Oz as she takes her first steps in Munchkinland. Those words have also become somewhat of …

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A Sermon about How the Kingdom of God Is Like an Invasive Species

Lutheran Church of the Cross, Arlington Heights 17 June 2018 + Lectionary 11B (Pentecost 4) Mark 4.26-34 When I was growing up, I remember this giant turquoise planter in my grandma’s backyard, nestled right in the corner of the fence. Every year, it would blossom into the most gorgeous morning glories. They never just grew …

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