A Sermon about Sabbath, Life, and Liberation: Lectionary 9 / Pentecost 2

This week, I was invited to preach at the weekly Eucharist at the Churchwide Office ("headquarters") of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), where I have also recently started a position as Interim Coordinator for Global Service Events with the Global Mission Unit of the ELCA. Pictured above, from left to right, is me, …

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A Sermon about Resistance in the Face of Suffering

Augustana Lutheran Church 7 May 2017 + Fourth Sunday of Easter 1 Peter 2.19-25 Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Fourth Sunday of Easter brings us to Good Shepherd Sunday. It’s tempting, isn’t it, to dwell in the midst of the idyllic early Christian community described in our reading from Acts, or to linger beside the …

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A Sermon about Change and Being Called as Dearly Beloved Disciples

Augustana Lutheran Church 22 January 2017 + Third Sunday after Epiphany (Lectionary 3A) Matthew 4.12-23 How are your New Year’s resolutions going? I won’t make us do a show of hands (though that would be kind of fun), but I’m willing to bet most of us who made some sort of resolution for 2017 will …

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A Sermon for Those Who Have Been Told to Take the Lowest Place

Augustana Lutheran Church 28 August 2016 + Lectionary 22C Luke 14.1, 7-14 Wash your hands. Pray before you eat. Don’t chew with your mouth open. Keep your elbows off the table. All phrases that I imagine each of us has heard as children that teach us table manners. And the fancier the meal, these table …

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A Sermon for Transfiguration Sunday in Which I Quote Doctor Who

Grace Lutheran Church 7 February 2016 + Transfiguration of Our Lord Luke 9.28-43 After about a month and a half of vacation time, I am very pleased to be back among you this morning and preaching no less on this feast day of the Transfiguration of Our Lord. I spent most of the holiday season …

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