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

Sermon: “Seeking God in a Shattered World”

In light of what’s going on in Boston, I thought I’d share this sermon I preached two years ago.  Vandalism is hardly in the same category as the horrors that took place today, but the message of the Sermon on the Mount ring true. “Seeking God in a Shattered World” Matthew 6:24-34; Isaiah 49:8-16 February 27, 2011 First Christian Church Minneapolis, MN This was one of those weeks that no body told me about when I was in seminary. If you have not heard, the church building was hit twice this week by vandalism on Monday and then again on … Continue reading Sermon: “Seeking God in a Shattered World”

Sunday Sermon: July 29, 2012

“Left Behind”
John 6:1-21 and Ephesians 3:14-21
July 29, 2012
First Christian Church
Minneapolis, MN

I was never good at sports, but I tried anyway.  In high school, I was in cross-country and long distance track.  In the summer of 1984, the summer between my freshman and sophomore year in high school, I went with several of my cross country team members to a week-long camp at a state park in Northern Michigan.  We would practice during the day and the evening after dinner was on our own.  A few nights we would walk about two miles or so to lodge that had a large recreation room.  Most folks would play on the pool table or some of the other games in the room.  One night as we all gathered, I decided to leave the room for a bit to go to the restroom.  Most of the guys were talking to some girls who had showed up.  I didn’t think much of this as I left the room.

So, I did what I had to do and came back to the room…and no one was there.  The room was completely empty.  I was a bit dumbfounded. Where did everyone go?  I walked up to the front desk and asked where my team mates had gone.  The person at the desk to me that they went down to see the lake with the girls. I had been left behind and I was kind of bugged. Continue reading “Sunday Sermon: July 29, 2012”

Sunday Sermon: Mc Jesus

This was a sermon I wrote and intended to preach at United Lutheran Church in Grand Forks, ND in 2006.  I never preached this sermon, but wrote another one for that Sunday.  Since I’m preaching on this text again on July 29, I thought I’d share this with you all. “McJesus” John 6:1-21 United Lutheran Church Grand Forks, ND July 30, 2006   It’s been about seven years since I went to China through Luther Seminary.  As part of a small group of seminarians, I spent two weeks in Hong Kong and then got on a plane to travel to … Continue reading Sunday Sermon: Mc Jesus

Trinity Sunday Sermon: "Come to the Table"

With Trinity Sunday coming up, I decided to share a sermon I gave on Trinity Sunday 2009.  “Come to the Table”Isaiah 6:1-8, John 3:1-17June 7, 2009Trinity SundayFirst Christian ChurchMinneapolis, MN A few months ago, my partner Daniel and I were invited to have high tea. A friend of mine this in an auction and she invited serveral of her friends to the event, including me. I was not looking forward to it. I had this fear that I would have to learn to how have tea. I was scared that I would not hold the tea cup in the right … Continue reading Trinity Sunday Sermon: "Come to the Table"

“Being There” (Version Two)

I will let you in on a little secret.  This is actually the second version of the sermon I preached on Pentecost.  I had written one sermon and it just didn’t work for the situation.  So, with about 40 minutes to spare before the service, I made some major edits.  So, here is the second version.  You can listen to the sermon podcast by going here. “Being There” May 27, 2012 (Pentecost Sunday, B) Acts 2:1-21 and Romans 8:22-37 First Christian Church Minneapolis, MN It was about ten years ago that I was in Clinical Pastoral Education, which is something … Continue reading “Being There” (Version Two)

Sunday Sermon: “What a Fool Believes”

“What a Fool Believes”Mark 1:1-11, Philipians 2:5-11April 1, 2011 (Palm Sunday)First Christian ChurchMinneapolis, MN“As members of the Christian Church,We confess that Jesus is the Christ,the Son of the living God,and proclaim him Lord and Savior of the world.In Christ’s name and by his gracewe accept our mission of witnessand service to all people.” The first car I remember was my Dad’s 1965 Buick Wildcat.  It was a beautiful car.  It had a nice light blue color to it, with those old little windows you can crank out when you didn’t want to roll down the whole window.  The memory that … Continue reading Sunday Sermon: “What a Fool Believes”

Sunday Sermon: October 16, 2011

“People, Let Me Tell ‘Bout My Best Friend” Exodus 33:12-23 and Matthew 22:15-22 October 16, 2011 First Christian Church Minneapolis, MN   “I pledge allegiance to the Flag, of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” That, of course, is the Pledge of Allegiance, and if I were a betting man, I would say most of you had said these words at some point when you were in elementary school.  I remember saying this myself back in second grand at Emmanuel Lutheran School … Continue reading Sunday Sermon: October 16, 2011

Sunday Sermon: August 21, 2011

“Think Different.”
Exodus 1:8-2:10 and Romans 12:1-8
August 21, 2011
First Christian Church
Minneapolis, MN
Earlier this week, the political world was abuzz about an op-ed by investor Warren Buffet.  In the opinion piece in the New York Times, Buffet calls on Congress to “stop coddling the super-rich” and raise taxes significantly on persons like himself who happen to be super rich.
As someone who follows politics, I can tell the reaction was rather predictable.  Many on the political left cheered it, while conservatives thought that if Buffet thought he should give the government more money, then he should do so without asking for Congress to raise taxes.
I’m not here this morning to talk about Warren Buffet’s challenge or to argue the finer point of American taxation.  What I am interested in is something that Buffet talks about  at the start of his opinion piece: a call for shared sacrifice.  It’s a phrase that we hear a lot from politicians.  For Buffet the answer to is one of the upper incomes paying more in taxes.  That’s a political and economic answer to our ongoing problems with the economy and the deficit.  But what does it mean for us?  What does it mean for those of us who follow Jesus?  What does shared sacrifice look like?

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