Tag: Jesus

You Belong

January 17, 2021 John 1:43-51                 The next two weeks we hear from both the gospels of John and Mark. They both share with us how Jesus calls his disciples to come and follow him. He is inviting the first disciples to share with… Continue Reading “You Belong”

Holy Spirit in the Chaos

January 10, 2021 Mark 1:4-11 The Holy Spirit is a mystery we quite often relegate to just a few Sundays a year because she does not take human form and thus makes it difficult to relate. Because of this, it is easy to ignore… Continue Reading “Holy Spirit in the Chaos”

Hope Born on Christmas

December 24, 2020 Luke 2:1-14 ​            Like many people, I grew up watching A Charlie Brown Christmas. It was a staple for the season and one that my family looked forward to watching again and again. As I reflect on that time in… Continue Reading “Hope Born on Christmas”

Who Are You?

December 13, 2020 (Advent 3) John 1:6-8, 19-28                 If I met someone on the street fitting John the Baptist’s description in the Gospel of Mark last week a few thoughts would come to my mind. Dressed in clothes made of camel hair would… Continue Reading “Who Are You?”

Preparing the Way

December 6, 2020 (Advent 2) Mark 1:1-8             Earlier this week we received one of our first snow accumulations for the season, although if you look outside now, you couldn’t really tell. As December ushers in the snow, we are used to the month… Continue Reading “Preparing the Way”

God Wakes Us

November 29, 2020 (Advent 1) Mark 13:24-37             As we sat down at the dining room table Thursday, it was quite different from past Thanksgivings. We chose to have Thanksgiving this year with just our household while also reaching out to family through the… Continue Reading “God Wakes Us”

Going Upriver

November 22, 2020 Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 There is a story of a town named Downriver. Some of you may have heard of this town. It was quaint and the people living there were very pleasant. They knew the happenings of their town and they… Continue Reading “Going Upriver”

Waiting & Preparing

November 8, 2020 Matthew 25:1-13 Now, I don’t know about you and your family, but we learned fairly quickly when our children were young, to not tell them of any upcoming plans because the waiting was excruciating for them and we would get tired… Continue Reading “Waiting & Preparing”

What is Holding You in Slavery?

October 25, 2020 John 8:31-36 As Lutherans, one of the staples of our liturgy is the Confession and Forgiveness. While we practice individual confession and forgiveness, it is much more common to partake in the corporate confession and forgiveness when we gather as an… Continue Reading “What is Holding You in Slavery?”

Who Are You Inviting?

October 11, 2020 Matthew 22:1-14 It was the summer of 2008 and my family and I had just moved to Columbus, Ohio so that I could start seminary. My first foray into the seminary world was going to be taking a seven-week intensive Biblical… Continue Reading “Who Are You Inviting?”