Luke 24:1-12 Easter Sunday April 16, 2017 First Christian Church Mahtomedi, MN Listen to the sermon. I think people have a hard time accepting Easter. People can get Good Friday. We can get that good people get executed by the State, by religious leaders. We’ve seen social reformers like Martin Luther King and Dietrich Bonhoeffer who challenge the status quo and meet a horrible end. We know how the world works. People rise up to challenge the system, people who preach peace and equality. The ruling authorities and their backers are scared to death of such change … Continue reading Sermon: Eucatastrophe!
Jesus is Lord. Caesar is not. Jesus riding on a donkey might seem foolish, but so was having a prayer service deep inside the old Iron Curtain. In the end, the man on the donkey will bring down the kingdoms of this world. Continue reading Sermon: Risky Business
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 reading a Bible seemed a little out of character. When asked why he was reading the Bible, Fields responded, “I’m looking for loopholes.” Today we are looking at one of the most well-known parables, the tale of the Good Samaritan. Even people who have never … Continue reading Sermon: Looking for Loopholes
Luke 4:14-30 Mission First: Gathered Series Second Sunday of Epiphany January 15, 2017 First Christian Church Mahtomedi, MN If Donald Trump showed up at the door of this church, would you let him in? Just hold that thought for a bit. A few years ago, I was involved in helping the church I was at in sponsoring a refugee family. We worked with the Minnesota Council of Churches which has a good record of helping people from around the world settle here in Minnesota. We learned that we were going to sponsor a family coming from Somalia. This is not … Continue reading Sermon: “When the President Comes to Church”