Category: Sermon

Last Stop on the Z Train by Jason Storbakken

This collection began as stories that Storbakken would tell his children while riding on the New York Subway. They are fantastical and some of the stories are true creative genius. Others will also make you go, hmm. I have never been on the New…

Apeirogon by Colum McCann

A fitting novel, especially in this time of continued struggles between Israel and Palestine and the talk of further annexation by Israel. My trip their earlier this year helped bring the book to life as I could picture many of the places that McCann…

rest in jesus

July 5, 2020 Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.  Walk with me and work with me—watch how…

Welcoming Christ

June 28, 2020 Matthew 10:40-42 “Whoever even gives a cup of cold water…” In 2016, a movement began at an ELCA congregation in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Jessica McClard launched the grassroots mini pantry movement, when she planted the Little Free Pantry Pilot, a wooden box…

Jesus is with you

June 21, 2020 Matthew 10:24-39 If your first impression of this gospel lesson is similar to mine, you will find yourself asking, “What are you talking about Jesus?” This is a tough lesson this morning as we make our way from Pentecost into the…

In the neighborhood

June 14, 2020 Matthew 9:35-10:8 We are shaped by our experiences and what we choose to watch, to read, and who we socialize. Sometimes we have a choice in this and other times we do not. For example, I did not have a choice…

The Holy spirit draws us together

May 31, 2020 Acts 2:1-21 For those of you that have been on Facebook for some time and post pictures, you have most likely had memories of years past pop up. During this time of staying home, that can be both delightful to celebrate…

In God we are one

May 24, 2020 Easter 7 John 17:1-11 As I have pondered this gospel lesson for the past week, the one concept that keeps floating to the top is around unity. This is a prayer that we are hearing from Jesus in the 17th chapter…

God Mends our Troubled hearts

May 10, 2020 John 14:1-14 Sure, Jesus, that is easy for you to say! “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” There is so much going on right now with us being under orders to stay home and stay safe that it is hard…

Living in Christ, an abundant life

May 3, 2020 John 10:1-10 Back at the beginning of March, a couple of weeks before our entire world seemed to get turned upside down, Vern and Theresa joined me to go see the Detroit Youth Choir and Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber. Pastor Nadia is…