June 3, 2018 Mark 2:23 – 3:6 Many of us may know the 3rd Commandment, but are we following it? Remember the sabbath day and keep it holy. Rolf Jacobson, professor at Luther Seminary, thought this seemed a little too polite and rewrote the commandment for us living in the present: What is wrong… Continue reading The Sabbath is for Us!
May 6, 2018, Easter 6 John 15:9-17 Toy Story is one of those quintessential Disney stories that brings to light what it means to be a friend. Spanning three movies, soon to be a fourth, it shows the friendship between Andy and his toys, as well as the friendship that is built among the toys.… Continue reading You’ve Got a Friend in Me
December 24, 2017 Christmas Eve Luke 2:1-20, Titus 2:11-14 Birth is messy! For those of you that have had children, you will know what I mean. Of course, you have the literal mess from the birth itself. There is also the mess that comes with the total reorganization of lives that have been completely changed… Continue reading The Grace of God has Appeared
Matthew 25:31-46 Let’ admit it, Jesus is much easier to see in some people than he is in others. I got to know David while I was serving in my last congregation. Some would have said that he was a bit odd and hard to approach. He would amaze me though as I would see… Continue reading When did we…
October 15, 2017 As a preacher, this is one of those gospel texts that make you bristle. It would be easy to go to one of our other lessons this morning because they are quite a bit softer. However, our challenge is found in Matthew. Reading it makes me at first wonder if we have… Continue reading Welcome to the Feast
October 8, 2017 We are blessed in the state of Michigan to be surrounded by some very fertile land. There are a variety of crops that are grown, and the state is a leader, if not near the top in many of those crops. One of those crops that you can find in abundance in… Continue reading A Vulnerable God
October 1, 2017 Who among us, would love to sit down with Jesus and ask him some questions? I am sure that we can all think of some questions to ask. Would they be much different than the question that was asked by the priests and the elders, “By what authority are you doing these… Continue reading Authority, What is it Good For?
September 24, 2017 Matthew 20:1-16 I have had the opportunity to work in many different environments over the last twenty plus years. Since my graduation from college, I have worked for seven different companies and churches. I have been paid hourly, a salary, and even by commission. My favorite form of compensation in my management… Continue reading Joy is Enough
August 6, 2017 Romans 9:1-5 James and Elena were longing for the wedding of their dreams. They were both in their early thirties, so they each had some time to think about what that wedding may look like. It would be a fabulous celebration that their friends and families would remember for some time and… Continue reading Grace Amid Heartbreak
July 23, 2017 Romans 8:12-25 Can you imagine what it would be like not knowing where you came from. Wondering everyday what your past may have been like and where your family was. These thoughts can run and even ruin your current life as you know it. Saroo was born in India. His family consisted… Continue reading A Spirit of Adoption