Maundy Thursday Meditation

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 About fifteen years ago, I saw a wonderful movie called Soul Food.  The movie was about an African American family in Chicago where the family gathered weekly after church for a meal cooked by the matriarch of the family.  The meal was filled with things that I love: fried chicken, collard greens, macaroni and cheese- all probably bad for my cholestrol, but so good. It was this meal that in many ways held the family together, and when Big Momma died the meals and the family were thrown into disarray.  The skill and cunning of one grandson … Continue reading Maundy Thursday Meditation

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 Europeans that take a large amount of time off. At the end of the commercial, the name walks up to the subject of the commercial, the ELR, Cadillac’s plugin hybrid. If Cadillac wanted to get some attention, it got it in spades. The general feeling … Continue reading Sermon: “When Love Comes to Town”

Sermon: “The Lord Is My Shepherd….at 35,000 Feet”

Psalm 23 Fourth Sunday in Lent March 30, 2014 First Christian Church Mahtomedi, MN I can be a nervous flier. My fear of flying hasn’t stopped me from getting on a plane on a regular basis. I’ve flown international flights to Europe, South America and Asia. You are really dealing with your fears when you take a 15 hour flight from Los Angeles to Hong Kong. I think the reason I am able to get on a plane and go up into the air is because I’m fascinated with any kind of trasportation. When it come to planes, I love … Continue reading Sermon: “The Lord Is My Shepherd….at 35,000 Feet”

Sermon: “Eau? Oh!”

John 4:4-42 Third Sunday in Lent March 23, 2014 First Christian Church Mahtomedi, MN Life in a small town is interesting. I grew up in a city that had about 150,000 in my childhood and I was only a short distance from the Detroit Metro Area with a population of 4 million. So as a city kid, life in a small town is not something I’m familiar with. My partner Daniel, on the other hand grew up in small towns. He was born in a small town in Saskatchewan and grew up in the small towns of Hope and Kindred, … Continue reading Sermon: “Eau? Oh!”

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 was a certain poignancy in watching this mini-series in 1994, because during that fall there was no baseball due to a strike. For the first time since World War I, the bats of October would fall silent; there was no 1994 World Series. There are … Continue reading Sermon: “Do You Remember?”