Sermon Archive

These sermons highlight the importance of how Christ comes to us today through His Word and Sacraments.

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Breakfast With Jesus

Sunday            07-05-20                 5th Sunday After Pentecost Text:          John 21:4-17 This weekend we are celebrating the 4th of July.  Because of pandemic restrictions, this year’s celebrations will be more subdued but this holiday will always be associated with Patriotism and with good food, friends, and family.   My family has always had its family reunion on the 4th and during the time we lived in New York, I belonged to a flying club.  So every 4th of July, we would fly…

Why Was Buddha Fat?

Text:  Ecclesiastes 12:1-8              John 10:7-10 This Sunday we will be looking at the subject of desire.  In the creation stories we read that the first sin occurs when Eve sees that the fruit of the tree is good for eating.  It is pleasing to the eye.  It is desirable. So here’s what happens with many of us.  We think to ourselves, “If I want to be   spiritual, I have to avoid sin.  And the best way to do…

Up to Our Necks

Text:  Exodus 14:8-15 Our text on this Father’s Day Sunday is the well-known story of Moses parting the Red Sea to enable the Israelites to leave Egypt once and for all.  What is fascinating about this story is that as the Israelites become increasingly trapped between the Red Sea and the approaching Egyptian army, they start to long for their time in slavery and cry out to Moses, “It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than…

Soap Operas from Genesis

This Sunday, we will be looking at, without a doubt, the most dysfunctional families in the Bible.  They are so bad that I will occasionally be using big adult words, so that young ears will not understand what we’re talking about.  No matter how bad you think your family is, no matter how many problems you are having with estranged, or just strange, relatives, I promise, you will feel better after hearing these “Soap Operas from Genesis.”  Spoiler alert:  the…

The Trinity: Our Security and Our Song

Sunday            06-07-20                    Trinity Sunday Text:  Revelation 4:1-8  OK, confession is good for the soul.  I confess that I have always struggled with abstract language.  In seminary, while many of my fellow students raved about their theology courses, I was signing up for every Hebrew and Greek course that was offered.  The biblical languages were so tangible while theology seemed, well, fuzzy. In church history classes, I marveled that the church fathers spent centuries arguing about the precise nature of…

Tohu-bohu and the Spirit of God

Text:  Genesis 1:2             Acts 2:1-4 The Bible is the source of our deepest Spiritual insights, but it also faithfully reflects the culture that produced it.  If we read a purported ancient religious text that mentions global warming and Covid-19, we will have reason to  question its authenticity.  Likewise we shouldn’t gasp if we hear the Bible  casually mentioning commonly held Jewish beliefs about the joys of owning slaves, having multiple wives and sex slaves (e.g. Abraham), and wives being…

God’s Finishing School

Text:  Genesis 37-39 This morning we’re looking at Genesis chapter 37-39, a fascinating Bible story that has all the makings of great piece for a gossip magazine:  a dysfunctional family, attempted murder, attempted adultery, unjust incarceration, sibling rivalry, slavery, and much more!  And through it all, God brings ultimate good out of all the good and bad choices that our characters make. Over the years, many people have tole me, “My family put the ‘fun’ back in ‘dysfunctional.’” Join with…

“Turning Lemons Into Lemonade”

Text:  Acts 3:1-19 Anxiety (and other sins) are nothing more than temporary atheism, but how do we overcome our shortcomings?  Do we take a deep breath?  Do we read comforting scriptures?  Do we listen to motivational speakers tell us how great we are?  Yes, you have heard me say this many times, but our thoughts are the key.  Our thoughts produce most of our feelings and actions.  But this is not just another plea for the power of positive thinking.…

“Does A Woman Really Need A Man Like A Fish Needs A Bicycle?”

Our sermon title, “Does A Woman Need A Man Like A Fish Needs A  Bicycle?”  is a stolen quote from Gloria Steinem.  Our text this Sunday concerns a very strong woman named Tabitha who, with God’s help, does quite well without a man.  She organizes an effective ministry with poor widows.  We can learn from her example. Tabitha is the only woman in the Bible to be called a disciple.  Many commentaries assume that she cared for the widows by…

Keep Your Fork

Text:  Romans 8:18-25 The theme of our text is hope, and we sure are experts at that, either having it or losing it.   But our text is about the ultimate hope that underlies all other ones.  Some of you have heard this story, but it bears repeating.  A woman was given a few months to live.  As she sat with her pastor to plan her funeral service, she made an odd demand: “I must be buried with a fork in…

Being A Lion in A Den of Daniels

Scripture: 1 John 4:15-19; John 21:20-23 John’s gospel ends with Jesus treating his disciples to an intimate breakfast on the beach.  I can never read this story without thinking of Zihautaneju, a small fishing village on the Pacific coast of Mexico–about 100 miles north of Acapulco. Years ago, a buddy of mine and I spent 3 days there. Each morning about 6 a.m., just  before sunrise, you could hear the fishermen racing towards shore in their open boats after a…

Taking Off Our Rags

Sunday            04-19-20                   2nd Sunday of Easter Sermon:  “Taking Off Our Rags”  Text:  Philippians 4:6-7 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. In the New Testament, 9 different texts use clothing as a metaphor for the kind of character that we Christ followers should…