He had compassion for them

Over the last weeks, it seems that I have been confronted again and again with the reality of our human frailty, and physical mortality. I have had news of friends’ being diagnosed with illnesses, visited parishioners in the hospital, talked with family members who are embarking on the hard journeys of fighting disease, and while […]


Where do you get your Power

May the words from my mouth and the meditation of —each – and every one of — our hearts be acceptable to you, O LORD, our rock and our Redeemer……(Psalm 19:14) … Amen.   Where do you get your Power? There is an African saying, “riding the tiger,” a Bishop and political leader explained to […]


Be Still and Know that I am God

When I was seven, my two brothers and I stayed with our Grandma for a few weeks while my parents were traveling in Finland, Sweden and the USSR.  It was a fun time for us city-boys for my Mom’s mother lived in a town of one hundred and thirty people in the middle of farm […]


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 […]

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