Luke 24:13-35 Third Sunday of Easter May 4, 2014 First Christian Church Mahtomedi, MN In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther's preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while the leader was describing the change which God works... Continue Reading →
Constitutional Amendments and the Church
This fall, Minnesotans will go to the polls to vote on two constitutional amendments. The first one would ban same-sex marriage and the second one would require photo ids before a person could vote.Now I have my own opinions on the amendments and I'm not shy about sharing them (I'm strongly against the first and... Continue Reading →
Talking Back to the Strawman
As much as I love following and engaging in politics, I've have come to the opinion that politics is nasty business; especially for Christians and especially in these highly polarized times.The diversity of political opinion as well as healthy debate are hallmarks of a democratic society. My mom talks about growing up in her native... Continue Reading →
Sunday Sermon: May 2, 2010
I usually post my sermons soon after I preach them, but for some reason I didn't post this one last year. I filled in for the pastor at Plymouth Creek Christian Church in Plymouth, MN. Part of the reason I share this now is that I want to tell part of the ongoing story of... Continue Reading →
"The Table Reveals Who We Are"
Disciples like to call that thing that's up front in the sanctuary a table. Lutherans used to call it an altar, but more and more they've started following us and calling it a table. Far more humble and fitting in my view. Disciples Pastor Lee Yates reminds us that the Table reveals who we really... Continue Reading →
What Church Is All About
This article has gone viral and I think sums up what church should be all about: the communion of the saints. The writer goes after the person that likes to say they are "spiritual but not religious." Here's a snippet: Being privately spiritual but not religious just doesn't interest me. There is nothing challenging about... Continue Reading →
Is "The Help" A Modern Tale on Materialism?
So says, Elijah Davidson: The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s serves as the backcloth for The Help, but I did not walk out of the theater with a renewed commitment to racial equality. I left deeply appreciative of women and deeply disturbed by how women are affected by our materialistic culture. To reiterate, The Help, I... Continue Reading →
We Need This
Interesting words from Lutheran minister Nadia Bolz-Webber: I need to receive the Eucharist. I need to hear the gospel again and again and again, because I forget all of that. I think that’s what we do in Christian communities. We gather. We remind each other of who we are. We remind each other of God’s... Continue Reading →