Sermon: SyrophonecianLivesMatter

The following was preached in 2015. Mark 7:24-37 Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost September 5, 2015 First Christian Church Mahtomedi, MN Listen to the sermon. When I was in high school I was cross country for two years.  I enjoyed running, but I wasn’t the fastest guy in the world.  I was less a gazelle than I was a gazelle that was limping.  Anyway, this mean that I was usually more often than not, I was in the back of the pack, a long way of saying I was dead last.   So one day after school, we went meet in … Continue reading Sermon: SyrophonecianLivesMatter

Sermon: How Many Lights Do You See?

Acts 2:37-42 Tenth Sunday After Pentecost Sacraments Series August 13, 2017 First Christian Church Mahtomedi, MN Listen to the sermon here. Good science fiction should be able to talk about a present issue dressed in futuristic garb. Star Trek has been able to do that for most of its 50 years of existence.  There is an episode in the sixth season of Star Trek: the Next Generation, where the captain of the Enterprise, Jean-Luc Picard is captured by the Cardassians, a humanoid race that had uneasy relations with the Federation. He is taken to an interrogator named Madred.  Madred is … Continue reading Sermon: How Many Lights Do You See?

Progressive Christian and Trump Voters

The first day or two after the election I decided to contact friends and acquaintences of mine  who had voted for Donald Trump.  I wanted to apologize if I said anything off-putting to them.  To a person, all of them were gracious and even told me why they considered voting for Trump.  I took their responses to heart.  I didn’t always agree with their reasons, but I was glad to hear them and to give Trump voters are more humane face. What’s been sad is that most progressive Christians haven’t been willing to sit and talk to Trump voters.  Like … Continue reading Progressive Christian and Trump Voters

Sermon: Trouble In Lake Wobegon

“Trouble in Lake Wobegone” Luke 10:25-37 and Romans 14:1-18 Seventh  Sunday After Pentecost July 10, 2016 First Christian Church Mahtomedi, MN Listen to the Sermon.   It could have been me. That is what I thought early Thursday morning, as I groggily woke and checked Facebook.  There were some news reports of a police shooting near St. Paul.  As I became more conscious I started to realize this was big news.  It was another member of the police shooting a black man. It was then I saw a post from Daniel my husband. It was frieghtening post.  He was already … Continue reading Sermon: Trouble In Lake Wobegon

Life in Black and Blue

Crime is increasing Trigger happy policing Panic is spreading God know where we’re heading Oh, make me wanna holler They don’t understand -Inner City Blues, Marvin Gaye For the second time in two days we have heard of another police shooting of an African American.  Tuesday saw the killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA and last night Philando Castile in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights.  While all of these kind of shootings have bothered me, the Falcon Heights shooting hit closer to home and not just because it was only a few miles from me. What … Continue reading Life in Black and Blue