Who Are You

Who are you? We often get asked when it means, “What’s your name?” But, the question “Who are you?”  with a bit of thought, gets more complicated.  How do we define ourselves?  Job titles, personal accomplishments, life experiences, family roles such as parent, child, aunt or grandparent.  In an international community, nationality and cultural traditions […]


Who ever wants to be first shall be last

Jesus is a hard master to follow.  He is!  I mean, how do you follow someone who constantly is asking you to to try and live, to try and do, to try and speak against your very nature?  HOW?  How? Look at the disciples, they don’t get how to do it.  In fact they don’t […]


Who do you say that I am

“But who do you say that I am?” Jesus asked this question of his disciples during his ministry.  Yet, it is not a question that only those who shared his dusty road heard, but billions more have heard it as well. I think it is a question aimed at each of Jesus’ disciples throughout the […]


A Wideness in God’s Mercy

This faith business, this following of Jesus can be hard.  How is it that we walk as Christians when confronted with issues that divide and confuse? Well, we turn to the scriptures.  We open the Bible for guidance and help and strength.  Within the Bible lies the truth by which we live.  It is within […]


Hypocrisy, the Contamination of the Heart

This morning I am going to jump right in, ‘cause I cannot think of any cute stories about hypocrisy or people judging people, and I cannot even think of a good joke. In Mark’s gospel this morning Jesus speaks a hard truth to the Pharisees, as well as his other listeners.  To the Pharisees for […]


Ephesians 6

Unlike most of his other letters, the Apostle Paul wrote Ephesians to the believers in the church in Ephesus to teach and encourage them in their daily lives as a community of individual believers.  He wanted them to understand more about how to live out their lives as believers in Christ. We can see this […]


Live In Gods Wisdom

The Reverend Antti Lepisto was a wise man.  I regarded Antti as my mentor, it was never formal, but for me as a pastor, he was the man whom I listened to, asked questions of, and simply  observed to learn from.  I speak in the past tense, for Antti died of pancreatic cancer in 2012. […]


The life to which we are called

This past week my family, along with my younger brother’s family did something very Norwegian, we went hiking in the mountains.  A week ago yesterday we traveled by train North to Reinheim National Park, South of Åndalsnes.  We hiked first to the hytta of Pyttbua, spent the night and then the next day hiked over […]


The blessing and the burden of eating

The story of the Israelites in the book of Exodus is one referred to many times, but is nonetheless an important one, that reflects the relationship between God and his people, whether on a personal level or God’s people as a collective. In the scripture that we just read, we see the Israelites receive the […]


Jesus, Justice, Jazz

Today’s reading, the feeding of the 5,000, is a story that is so well known and remembered that sometimes it is hard to preach upon, because each of us have our understanding of what it is all about.  Well, this morning I want to share with you another aspect of what the feeding of the […]

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