Thanksgiving is a time of looking back and giving thanks to God. Advent is a time of looking forward and living into God's promised future. Below, I did a video on Advent and Thanksgiving in light of the recent shooting at an LGBTQ bar in Colorado Springs. https://youtu.be/pwnUqiZh-ic
Why Does Worship Matter?
Why does worship matter to you?
Are We A Progressive Church?
Is First Christian a progressive congregation? The answer is complex.
Why We Need and “Anxious Faith”
In this video, I talk about the anxious times we live in and how we need to have an "anxious faith."
Sermon: Drop the Blanket!
Luke 2:1-20 Christmas Eve December 24, 2015 First Christian Church Mahtomedi, MN On December 9, 1965 something special happened. On that day 50 years ago, CBS first broadcast The Charlie Brown Christmas Special. I’ve done some reading on the special and it was unique for a lot of reason. First off, is the soundtrack.... Continue Reading →
Sermon: “Better Living Through Grace”
Another sermon for this coming Sunday preached in 2005. Matthew 13:1-9,18-23, Romans 8:1-11, Isaiah 55:1-5,10-13 July 10, 2005 Community of Grace Christian Church St. Paul, MN When I was growing up in Michigan, I would always see these commercials on TV that made no sense to me. As most of you know, my... Continue Reading →
We Call Ourselves Disciples
My wife Jan and I have been members of First Christian Church of St. Paul for nearly 20 years. We love the congregational focus. We particularly embrace the dedication to the principles of wholeness and inclusiveness of the Disciples of Christ, that welcome everyone to the Communion Table with no exceptions. We have recently rededicated... Continue Reading →
Sermon: “When Love Comes to Town”
Matthew 21:1-11 and Phillipians 2:5-11 Palm Sunday April 13, 2014 First Christian Church Mahtomedi, MN If you were watching the recently concluded Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, you might have caught a commercial that has gone viral. It’s an ad for Cadillac and features a well-dressed man comparing hard-working, some might say overworked Americans to... Continue Reading →
Sermon: “Do You Remember?”
Isaiah 58:1-12 and Matthew 6:1-21 Ash Wednesday March 5, 2014 First Christian Church Mahtomedi, MN It’s been nearly 20 years since Ken Burn’s documentary on the Great American pasttime aired. Baseball talked about the early beginnings of the sport, what impact it had on American society and how it was impacted by American society. There... Continue Reading →
Sermon: Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
Matthew 17:1-9 Transfiguration Sunday, Year A March 2, 2014 First Christian Church Mahtomedi, MN I envy those people who can spend periods in prayer or meditating. The reason I am jealous of them is that this is something I can’t do. It might be a result of my Apserger’s diagnosis, but I can’t focus on... Continue Reading →