Mustard Tree

Here we are on June 17th, getting ready to have our church picnic.  Though on the calendar, summer does not start for another four days, already it seems that we have been experiencing summertime for months.  Does it not? I am looking forward to our picnic today.  I like traditional picnic food.  Be it eating […]


Here are my mothers and brothers

Throughout the gospels Jesus declares whom he is with a great variety of different statements, for instance he declares at various times, “I am the good shepherd.  I am the bread of life.  I am the the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Jesus also uses parables to try and illustrate, either the Kingdom of […]


The Lord of the Sabbath

Our two stories from Mark this morning are linked by a number of commonalities.  What links them?  Let’s start with what is the most obvious link between these two stories in Mark, chapter 2. Most, if not all of you, will immediately think, “The link is that they both take place on the Sabbath!” And, […]


Holy Trinity Sunday

I remember when I was a boy, getting to know other children in my classes at school. Eventually, after talking about what we liked to play with, Legos for me. Or what sports were our favorites, for me American football, specifically the Minnesota Vikings.  Or, how many brothers or sisters we had, I have two […]



Today we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit into the lives of Christ’s followers on the 50th day after his death. And what a fifty days they were for Christ’s disciples.  First they experienced Jesus’ joyous resurrection, then those happy days of seeing the risen Lord in their midst which were too quickly followed […]


Ascension Sunday

This past Thursday Norway had the day off.  Thankfully it was a beautiful day too.  We went for a long walk along the water, and all around us were individuals, families, and groups of friends lying upon the grass, grilling, fishing, and simply enjoying the day, as did we. I had to remind myself though, […]


I give a new commandment

Just a few weeks ago we read other passages from this same section of John’s Gospel.  For this section was a part of the Maundy Thursday reading.  In fact the commandment that Jesus gives in these verses today is the very reason that Holy Thursday is named, ‘Maundy.’  ‘Maundy’ and mandate are related words, coming […]


God calls us to be Under Shepherds

This is Good Shepherd Sunday.  The Fourth Sunday after Easter.  The church year is in 3-year cycles for the Scripture liturgically, yet we read a part of this chapter in John’s Gospel every year.  It is seen to be that important in our Christian lives.  Our sermon hymn today begins, The Lord is my Shepherd. […]


Silver and Gold, I do not have

Peter and John were walking through the temple gate called ‘Beautiful’ one day, when a man lame from birth called out to them for a gift of money.  This man sat each day at the temple gate begging.  That is how he survived.  He was a fixture there, everyone who regularly used the ‘Beautiful’ gate […]

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