4th Sunday in Lent

Lent 4.18 “Snake-bit” John 3:14-21 So with this famous Gospel passage we see the heart of the Christian Faith—how it works. And while the words are simple and familiar and the message entirely straightforward, most of Christendom does not seem to get it, throughout the previous centuries

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3rd Sunday Lent

Lent 3.18 “All Ate Up With Zeal” John 2:13-22 Lent 3.18 “All Ate Up With Zeal” John 2:13-22 I think the WWJD bracelets and t-shirts are a fad that has thankfully passed. If you missed it, good for you, you’re lucky. Basically, it was a popular appeal

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Lenten Vespers II

Lent MW 2.18 “Rejoice” Deuteronomy 14:22-29 I hardly ever do this, but here’s the Old Testament reading that we really should have for this Sunday upcoming, the 3rd Sunday in Lent, to match up with the Gospel of Jesus driving out the money changers with a whip—I

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2nd Sunday Lent

Lent 2.18 “Mindful” Mark 8:27-38 When Jesus and Yoda agree on something, I’ll confess—mmh, mmh, gets my attention, it does. You’re probably only influenced by Jesus, and good for you on that; and you probably are strong when temptation to slip into Yoda-voice comes calling (which, obviously,

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Lenten Vespers I

Lent MW 1.18 “Seed: Not Descendants; Seed…(!)” Gen 17:1-16 So, God is often in the details, the little grammatical nuances that even good translations hide from you so that you can’t see them. So let me be hard on my favorite translation tonight—I criticize the NIV often

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1st Sunday Lent

Lent 1.18 “Subjected” Mark 1:9-15 In Hebrew and in Greek, the word for testing and tempting is the same word. The only way you can tell the difference (if the Hebrews and Greeks even thought there was a difference) is context. Generally English translators think that if

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Transfiguration of Our Lord

Transfiguration.18 “Coming Out of the Closet” Mark 9:2-9 I did a wedding back in 2001, I think it was, for an officer from Fort Bragg. He was Army but his best man was (oddly) a Marine Corps major who was serving guard duty in the White House.

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5th Sunday after the Epiphany

Epiphany 5.18 “And She Served Them” Mark 1:29-39 “And she served them.” An apparently harmless little line, but it has generated a lot of chatter over the years, especially recently in our society so concerned with the roles of men and women, and much of the chatter

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Sermon for 4th Sunday after Epiphany

Epiphany 4.18 “We All Know Who He Is” Mark 1:21-28 It happens now and again in church still today—the unclean spirits cry out, make a ruckus, disturb the proceedings. The ones that shout “Amen! Preach it brother!” usually come out by conversion from Baptist to Lutheran. The

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Sermon for the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany

  Epiphany 3.18 “Change Your Mind” Mark 1:14-20 “And if the answer is ‘no’ can I change your mind?” Sets a different tone, doesn’t it, from Jesus’ “Repent and believe in the Gospel”? The first could be from one of the better b sides of an indie

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