June 27, 2021 Mark 5:21-43 While we may not like it, taking risks are part of life. They can be small risks, or they could be big risks. There is a chance of losing everything, and there is a chance of losing little. The world of business involves risks daily. Risks on new products or… Continue reading Jesus Heals
January 31, 2021 Mark 1:21-28 I ask you to profess your faith in Christ Jesus, reject sin, and confess the faith of the church. Do you renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God? Do you renounce the powers of this world that rebel against God? Do you renounce the ways of… Continue reading Jesus Heals!
Healed in Christ
June 23, 2019 Luke 8:26-39 The morning burned so August-hot, the marsh’s moist breath hung the oaks and pines with fog. The palmetto patches stood unusually quiet except for the low, slow flap of the heron’s wings lifting from the lagoon. And then, Kya, only six at the time, heard the screen door slap. Standing… Continue reading Healed in Christ
The Sabbath is for Us!
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!
God’s Promise of Forgiveness
March 18, 2018 Jeremiah 31:31-34 Every Master of Divinity student in the ELCA is required to take CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education). Usually this occurs after your first year of seminary. During CPE you become a chaplain, usually in a hospital setting, and care for patients as they encounter various health related issues. I had the… Continue reading God’s Promise of Forgiveness
God’s Promise of Healing
Numbers 21:4-9 These past few weeks we have heard the Word of God spoken to the people of Israel through covenants that abound with hope. We have encountered God in the remnants of the flood and the promise of commitment that has been made with Noah and his family. In Abraham and Sarah there is a promise of… Continue reading God’s Promise of Healing
A Review: Wounds Are Where Light Enters by Walter Wangerin, Jr.
Thanks to Englewood Review of Books for the advance copy and publishing this review. Walter Wangerin Jr. has become one of the quintessential story tellers of this day and age. His stories break through the mundane and add a personal touch to everything that he shares. Whether his stories are based upon scripture or from his… Continue reading A Review: Wounds Are Where Light Enters by Walter Wangerin, Jr.
Called to Serve
February 4, 2018 Mark 1:29-39 Preparing a meal for over 100 people weekly can be a challenge. That challenge is multiplied when your ingredients are dependent upon what the local food warehouse receives for the week. Imagine getting, 10 lbs of leeks. Ever tried leek soup? It was interesting. Or 20 lbs of onions. I… Continue reading Called to Serve
Grace Amid Heartbreak
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
Are you the one?
Matthew 11:2-11 When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the… Continue reading Are you the one?