6th Sunday of Easter

Easter 6.18 “What He Actually Commands…” John 15:9-17 St. Paul says that Christianity is a scandal to the Jews and folly to the Greeks (I Cor. 1:23). Jesus promises His Apostles they will be hated by all nations for His Name’s sake (Matt. 24:9). And don’t you

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2nd Sunday Easter

Easter 2.18 “How The Conversation Goes” John 20:19-31 So we ended on a bit of a cliff-hanger last week: just after dawn on Easter Sunday, the women met an angel at the empty tomb who told them: “Mr Jesus? He’s not here right now, but He’ll catch

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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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Second Sunday Advent

Advent 2.17 “Baptizing in the Wilderness” Mark 1:1-8 It’s not the way we would do it now, is it? Think about it for a minute. If you were God (blasphemous thought, but that’s part of the problem, those kind of thoughts, so let’s tackle them right now,

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Trinity Sunday 2017

Trinity Sunday.17 “On Learning What Cannot Be Taught” Matt. 28:16-20 In the cartoon, you see Jesus sitting on a mountaintop and a wide-eyed disciple sitting next to Him. The caption reads “Everyone always asks what Jesus would do. No one ever asks how Jesus feels about His

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Sermon for the 5th Sunday in Lent 2017

Lent 5.17 “This Changes Everything” John 11:17-27, 38-53 This changes everything. You hear it said of things that aren’t really that important—like presidential elections, Supreme Court nominations, job changes, basketball tournaments (OK, those can be pretty important 🙂 But this, this really does change everything. Or at

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Sermon for Christmas Eve 2015

S. Christmas Eve.15 “Down at the Hotel Montana” Luke 2:1-20 If you show (or tell) people they’re stupid, it will generally go one of two ways: 1) they will disagree bitterly with you, maybe argue the point with violence even, or 2) they’ll allow you to make

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