5th Sunday of Lent

S. Lent 5.20 “Though He Die…” John 11:17-27, 38-53     Jesus says: “I am the Resurrection and the Life.” And we love to hear that. Good news. Welcome news. But then He adds: “Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone whoRead more

4th Sunday in Lent

S. Lent 4.20 “What If…?” John 9     “What if…?” What if… it wasn’t that the blind man sinned in utero, or that his parents did something terrible, smoked stuff in college they ought not to have smoked, that he was born blind? What if… it wasn’t

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3rd Sunday in Lent

S. Lent 3.20 “True Worshipers” John 4:5-26     True worshipers. That’s what the Father through Jesus is seeking to worship Him. So what does a true worshiper look like?     Well, in true Seinfeld “Opposite Land” style, he or she would be the opposite of the Samaritan

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2nd Sunday in Lent

S. Lent 2.20 “Promising Beginnings” John 3:1-17     What a promising beginning Nicodemus and Jesus have at their first meeting… not! Nothing about this exchange suggests it will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship, anymore than Bogie’s and Louis’ first meeting in Casablanca. It really could

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Transfiguration

S. Transfiguration.20 “Glory On The Mountain” Matt. 17:1-9     And this, really, is what it’s all about, what the disciples saw on that mountain: Jesus’ face shining like the sun, clothes gleaming with the bright, white light of Heaven’s High Noon—glory. In the end, Christianity’s all about

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6th Sunday after the Epiphany

S. Epiphany 6.20 “What Jesus Wants” Matt. 5:21-37     Maybe it’s difficult for women to say what men want (maybe not?); but it’s basically impossible for men to know or fathom what women want. Maybe that’s just me, maybe Valentine’s Day (and my deep, romantic streak) just

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5th Sunday after the Epiphany

S. Epiphany 5.20 “Humility And How I Achieved It” Is. 58:3-9; Matt 5:13-20 Remember how C.S. Lewis found letters from Screwtape, a senior devil? What follows is the first chapter of a book by one of Screwtape’s more famous “patients”… [a literary device!]     “It wasn’t easy,

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Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Jesus – Vicar Bartelt

Candlemastide:                                                                                               2/2/20 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Among Lutherans in America there appears to be a definite allergy to anything Roman Catholic. As soon as a whiff of

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3rd Sunday after the Epiphany

S. Epiphany 3.20 “Light in the Dark” Matt. 4:12-25     Not sure why the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali are such dark places, to be perfectly honest. The Bible never says exactly. I mean, it’s not Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” (I don’t think) not like “The horror,

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