A(nother!) Sermon about Wealth and Chasm-Crossing

Augustana Lutheran Church 25 September 2016 + Lectionary 26C Luke 16.19-31; 1 Timothy 6.6-19 One of my favorite scenes in the film adaptation of the popular rock musical Rent opens on an impoverished-looking apartment complex in Manhattan’s East Village, where we are introduced to two roommates, Mark and Roger, and their former roommate and friend-turned-landlord, …

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Overwhelmed: A Sermon for Lectionary 18C / Pentecost 11C

Augustana Lutheran Church 31 July 2016 + Lectionary 18C Luke 12.13-21 [22-34] It’s all a little bit overwhelming, isn’t it? This election season, that is. We’ve certainly witnessed a mix of exciting and interesting moments. One moment in particular caught my attention this past Tuesday as delegates at the Democratic National Convention cast their votes, …

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What’s the Catch? A Sermon About Costly Grace, Discipleship, and (of course) Threading Needles with Camels

Grace Lutheran Church 11 October 2015 + Pentecost 20B Mark 10.17-31 What’s the catch? It’s the question we ask when things just seem too good to be true. After four years of college and almost two years of seminary, I know that the surest way to attract poor students to your event is to offer …

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