Sermons

2019-07-28

Persistent Prayer

My nephew Leif has always been one of the most persistent people that I know.  I remember when he was a little boy, and I would visit his family for the weekend. I might be sitting at the table finishing up breakfast over coffee with my brother and Leif would come up to the table […]

2019-07-21

Martha, Hospitality and Jesus

Hospitality is wonderful!  I truly think that being hospitable, and receiving hospitality are two of the great gifts of life.  I actually believe, especially as a Christian, that the willingness to invite someone into your home is an act of love.  In the same way, accepting another person’s invitation of hospitality is the other side […]

2019-07-14

The Good Samaritan, Tom Lee and MLK

We have just heard Jesus’ parable of the “Good Samaritan.”  I would bet that a great majority of us have heard or read this parable before, if you have not, well then you have just heard one of the most famous stories in the history of the world. When we have heard a story before, […]

2019-07-07

The Sending of the Seventy

“God’s kingdom is right on your doorstep.” This is a paraphrase of the message that Jesus wants his followers to share in the towns and countryside into which he is about to travel.  These seventy followers are given the mission of preparing the people for the arrival of Jesus and his good news message of […]

2019-06-30

Freedom

In 1776 the Thirteen British colonies in the Americas declared their independence from England.  Representatives of each of the colonies signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th that year, setting the American people free from English rule and governance.  It was a freedom that was costly because it was bought in blood over the […]

2019-06-23

Jesus crossed the sea for him

In today’s text from Luke we encounter one of the most unique personalities in the Bible.  He’s a man whom is never named, and so in English, has come down through the years known to us as, “The Gerasene Demoniac.” It sounds like this guy could have been a famous wrestler, or boxer, or something.   […]

2019-06-16

Holy Trinity Sunday

It is not only American Father’s Day, and the ALC church picnic, but it is also Holy Trinity Sunday today.  It is the Sunday in which we tackle the question, “What is the Trinity?” Now this is a question that I know that I asked early on in my life because my home church, the […]

2019-06-09

Pentecost Sunday

Today is Pentecost Sunday, the Sunday when we remember the Holy Spirit coming upon the disciples in Jerusalem and propelling them out the door into ministry.  Pentecost has often been called the ‘birthday’ of the Christian church. So it is a proper day for us also to remember our history and by this I mean […]

2019-06-02

Ascension Sunday

This past Thursday was the fortieth day since Easter and as we read in Luke’s account at the beginning of Acts, “After his suffering [Jesus] presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the Kingdom of God.” On that fortieth day, Jesus was lifted up, […]

2019-05-26

Grace, God’s Forgiveness sermon

While I was waiting to receive my first call in the months before I was ordained I worked in the St. Paul, Minnesota Public School system as a substitute schoolteacher.  Those five months gave me a good taste of what that line of work is all about, and how so many of my friends and […]

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