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Keep Walking

2/19/2018
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Biblical Text: Mark 1:9-15 Full Sermon Draft It is the first Sunday in Lent, hence the purple colors on the graphic. The traditional text is one of the temptation of Jesus texts. When we think of those we probably think … Continue reading →

Duration:00:25:34

Bearing the Ashes

2/14/2018
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Biblical Text: Matthew 6:19-34 Full Draft Ash Wednesday is one of the occasional services of the church year. I alter up the text a bit, because I think the assigned texts don’t reflect our actual practice. It is not that … Continue reading →

Duration:00:09:34

Transfigured Lives

2/12/2018
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Biblical Text: Mark 9:2-9 (Transfiguration) Full Sermon Draft One way to think about meaning in a text is to divide it into different levels. The first and most basic level is the words and grammar themselves. This is a very … Continue reading →

Duration:00:21:49

What are We Here For?

2/5/2018
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Biblical Text: Mark 1:29-39 Full Sermon Draft That title is the question of purpose; it is the specter of despair. It is also something that Jesus, in his time on this earth, experienced with us. And in his experience showed … Continue reading →

Duration:00:20:43

Satan Right Before Us

1/28/2018
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Biblical Text: Mark 1:21-28 Full Sermon Draft Texts on unclean spirits and demons are tough ones for sermons these days. You can completely spiritualize them, which is dishonest and drains them of all their power. As O’Connor said about the … Continue reading →

Duration:00:25:59

Origin Stories

1/21/2018
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Biblical Text: Mark 1:14-20 Full Sermon Draft I’ve always been fascinated by the synoptic gospel accounts of the disciples juts leaving, dropping their nets and following Jesus. For a long time I thought it doesn’t make any literal sense. Don’t … Continue reading →

Duration:00:15:10

Early Faith/Come and See

1/14/2018
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Text: John 1:43-51 Full Sermon Draft Every now and then you get a text that the received or conventional understand of it is one that you just reject. When I get in that situation it is usually because I find … Continue reading →

Duration:00:23:24

Seeing the Glory

1/7/2018
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Biblical Text: Mark 1:4-11, Romans 6:1-11 (and the general Epiphany Texts of the Magi, Cana and the Transfiguration) Full Sermon Draft/a> Holy Days, like Epiphany, often come with a phalanx of texts associated with them. The day itself is a … Continue reading →

Duration:00:16:59

Backwards and Forwards, Grounding and Hope

1/1/2018
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Biblical Text: Luke 2:22-40 Full Draft Text New Year’s Eve is not something on the Traditional Church calendar, it is the 7th day of Christmas for those who follow the liturgical calendar. I know that other Protestant traditions (typically Reformed) … Continue reading →

Duration:00:24:15

Feet on the Mountain

12/25/2017
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Biblical Text: Isaiah 52:7-10 Full Sermon Draft Christmas Day is always a smaller, more intimate time. Sometimes I wonder what it was like when that was not the case. But anyway, the sermon attempts to honor that. It is less … Continue reading →

Duration:00:18:36

Hidden and Revealed

12/24/2017
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Biblical Text: Luke 2:1-14 Full Sermon Draft Christmas eve evening is mostly about the people and the candles, the sights and sounds together. But after 10 years I finally hit a message that I felt was worthy of the night. … Continue reading →

Duration:00:17:42

Wisdom from Mary’s Heart

12/24/2017
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Biblical Text: Luke 1:26-38 Full Sermon Text An unfortunate circumstance of the reformation has been the tendency to look for things that say “not catholic”. One of the big ones is how Protestant’s tend to treat Mary. The first generation … Continue reading →

Duration:00:28:02

From Heaven Above (A Shepherds and Angels Children’s Pageant)

12/17/2017
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Today was our Children’s Pageant. The pageant this year was built around the hymn “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come”. That is LSB 358 is you would like to see all 15 verse by Luther. The recording here is … Continue reading →

Duration:00:35:05

The Beginning of the Gospel…

12/10/2017
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Biblical Text: Mark 1:1-8 Full Draft Sermon All of the canonical gospels have their own spirit, a spirit expressed often at the very beginning. This is “year B” in our three year cycle of readings, so we are in the … Continue reading →

Duration:00:23:27

Advent Inspirations

12/3/2017
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Biblical Text: Isaiah 63:15-64:10, Mark 11:1-10 Full Sermon Draft Advent gets short shrift in modern America, and it shouldn’t. Of all the seasons of the church year, it is Advent that feels most like home to me. Christmas and Easter … Continue reading →

Duration:00:20:09

Not Fame, But Glory

11/26/2017
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Biblical Text: Matthew 25:31-46 Full Sermon Draft Looking at the word cloud I hope I didn’t abuse the pulpit today. When a name is bigger than Christ or Jesus or even a generic God, I get worried. That and nobody … Continue reading →

Duration:00:21:24

Economics of the Reign

11/19/2017
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Biblical Text: Matthew 25:14-30 Full Sermon Draft The text is the parable of the talents. We have trouble reading this today I think because the word talent itself has become on English word with a meaning. A specific gloss of … Continue reading →

Duration:00:22:26

Then…And Now

11/13/2017
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Biblical Text: Matthew 25:1-13 Full Sermon Draft The text is the wise and foolish virgins which is one of Jesus’ most enigmatic parables of the kingdom. The images are striking, but we often don’t know what to make of it. … Continue reading →

Duration:00:20:58

Revelation and Challenge

11/5/2017
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Biblical Text: 1 John 3:1-3 (Psalm 136) Full Sermon Draft Today was All Saints (observed) on the church calendar. In Lutheran circles All Saints is not a celebration of some spiritual elite but the celebration of the church in all … Continue reading →

Duration:00:20:22

Free Indeed

10/29/2017
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Biblical Text: John 8:31-36 Full Sermon Draft It was a full service. Reformation Day, A Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Lots of Red. We did something a little different, the choir got the showpiece – “A Mighty Fortress Is Our … Continue reading →

Duration:00:26:35

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