Photo by David Gonzales on Pexels.com John 9:1-41| Fourth Sunday in Lent | March 19, 2023 | First Christian Church Roseville, MN Maybe you’ve seen the video. It’s the one where you are asked to count how many times a basketball is passed by a group of people as they move in what seems to... Continue Reading →
What A Beautiful World This Will Be
On this first Sunday in Lent, we talk about hope vs. optimism.
Lenten Reflection-Ash Wednesday
We want to think we have all the time in the world to follow Jesus, but if last year has taught us anything is that tomorrow is not promised. If we are going to follow Jesus we have to be willing to follow him now. Life is too short.
Sermon: Looking for Loopholes
Luke 10:25-42 Who Is My Neighbor Series First Sunday in Lent March 5, 2017 First Christian Church Mahtomedi, MN Click here to listen to the audio version. Supposedly the commedian W.C. Fields was reading a Bible one day. Fields was known for his kind of outrageous lifestyle of drinking and mistrisses, so having him... Continue Reading →
Sermon: Borrowed Time
“Borrowed Time” Luke 13:1-9, 31-35 March 12, 2017 Second Sunday in Lent Who Is My Neighbor Series First Christian Church Minneapolis, MN Click here for the audio version. A man leaves home to head into New York City and work in one the city’s tallest buildings. It’s the morning of September 11, 2001, and the... Continue Reading →
Like The Woman At The Well?
Like the woman at the well, I was seeking For things that could not satisfy. And then I heard my Savior speaking— “Draw from My well that never shall run dry.” Fill my cup, Lord; I lift it up Lord; Come and quench this thirsting of my soul. Bread of Heaven, feed me till I... Continue Reading →
Sermon: “Natural Born Sinners”
Genesis 2:15-17 & 3:1-8 and Matthew 4:1-11 First Sunday in Lent March 9, 2013 First Christian Church Mahtomedi, MN For about two or three years growing up, I took swimming lessons. Sometimes I too the lessons at the local YMCA and sometimes at the YWCA. I’m not a great swimmer, but I do credit these... Continue Reading →
“A Tale of Four Marys:” A Good Friday Sermon
This is a sermon I gave at an ecumenical service in 2010. “A Tale of Four Marys” John 19:25 Good Friday April 2, 2010 Central Lutheran Church Minneapolis, MN When I was asked to speak on the three Marys, I have to be honest that nothing was immediately coming to mind. What could I... Continue Reading →
The Four Misconceptions of the Prodigal Son
I'm preaching next Sunday and the gospel text is the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Bible Scholar Kenneth Bailey brings a different perspective of the famous story grounded in the context of Middle Eastern culture. h/t Michael Kruse
Ashes to Ashes…We All Fall Down.
Like many people, I've been rather surprised to hear that Oscar Pistorius has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend. The South African athelete, who is a double amputee, is known as "Blade Runner" for his carbon fiber legs and his speed. Pistorius was a symbol that persons with disabilities can achieve great feats,... Continue Reading →