Those of us who follow Jesus are called to leave the saltshakers of our own making and do good works for the glory of God in the wider world.
Every so often, more often than I'd like to admit, I get this feeling that I am a failure- especially when it comes to this pastor thing.
Sermon: “The Tale of the Lady and the Prayer Shawl”
John 10:1-10 and Acts 2:42-47 Fourth Sunday of Easter May 11, 2014 First Christian Church Mahtomedi, MN It’s Springtime and that means that it’s time for the spring pledge drive on public radio. Now, I love listening to Minnesota Public Radio and I’ve been a supporter for about a decade. I get that public... Continue Reading →
Sermon: “Waiting to Exhale”
Here's a sermon I preached in 2007 on Pentecost Sunday. “Waiting to Exhale” Act 2:1-21 May 27, 2007 (Pentecost Sunday) Lake Harriet Christian Church Minneapolis, MN When I was about two years old, I was diagnosed with asthma. From about age two until maybe age 9, I dealt with constant asthma attacks where I... Continue Reading →
Discipleship or Consumerism?
A few days ago, I was at a church retreat. In response to a question on what challenges the church is facing, a woman remarked that one challenge is how people don't really want to get involved in church. They don't see it as a life, as much as a place where they can get... Continue Reading →
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 →
About That Interview…
Some of you might have noticed that there is an article in the most recent Christian Century with a Disciples pastor in Minneapolis by the name of Dennis Sanders. I haven't said much about it, but I wanted to provide some background to the article. Steve Thorngate, the editor sent me an email over the... Continue Reading →
Sunday Sermon: “In God We Trust”
“In God We Trust” Mark 10:17-31 Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost October 14, 2012 First Christian Church Minneapolis, MN I will admit it: I really don’t like this passage. Why don’t I like it? For a lot of reasons. I don’t like how people sometimes use this passage to lord over others. People who are full... Continue Reading →
Occupy or Confess?
The whole Occupy Wall Street protests have been fascinating to watch. Even moreso is how Christians respond to the event. I know that there have been clergy taking part and other tweeting positively about the protests, which have now spread around the country. I'm not very sold on the whole thing. Yes, they are talking... Continue Reading →