October 3, 2021 Mark 10:2-16 There are times when we are assigned a text for Sundays where we struggle and wonder what the heck the Bible is attempting to say. This Sunday’s gospel lesson is one of those texts. It is disturbing because each one of us can most likely share a story of divorce… Continue reading Jesus Welcomes All!
September 19, 2021 Mark 9:30-37 Sibling rivalry. It happens in nearly every family. It could be over schoolwork, athletics, or even trees. Yes, trees. A couple of years ago on The Moth, a story telling podcast which I would recommend to anyone, Annie Share shared her story of the gumdrop tree. She had the typical… Continue reading Jesus Levels the Playing Field
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 on a post containing food, personal care, and paper items accessible… Continue reading Welcoming Christ
In February of 2005 I went off to a deserted place. It was a locale that many people would have dreamed about going to and wished that someday they may be able to make the trip. However, for me it was a deserted place because those that I loved and cared for were not with… Continue reading Welcome to Your Deserted Place!
June 24, 2018 Mark 4:35-41 The wind picked up and the smell of rain hung in the air as the disciples began to fight the waves that battered the boats. They would soon be drenched by the rain that poured down. Through it all, Jesus remained sleeping in the stern of the boat. While… Continue reading Love Changes Everything!
July 2, 2017 Romans 6:12-23, Matthew 10:40-42 It is wonderful to have the freedom to walk outside and not worry too much about our safety. Sure, we are not immune to violence and terror in our country. However, in most of our cities, we are not surrounded by it daily. Our sisters and brothers around… Continue reading Who are you serving?
Luke 16:19-31 I grew up with Bernice. Okay, not literally. However, she was a fixture in my hometown for as long as I can travel back in my memories. You would see her pushing her shopping cart around town and digging through the garbage to see if she could find any cans to return. Did… Continue reading How Rich Are We?