Monday, November 24, 2014

Sermon Audio 11/23/2014, Christ the King A

Lutheran Church of the Savior, Kalamazoo

Christ the King Sunday A

Matthew 25:31-46

Christ the King, or Reign of Christ, is the final Sunday of the church year. Our Gospel lesson is Jesus' iconic judgment of the nations from his heavenly throne, surrounded by the heavenly host. In this state I like to call him cosmic awesome Jesus, king of the universe, Lord of heaven and earth. So how is it that I recognized the significance of this story while relaxing after yoga?

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sermon Audio 11/19/2014, 23rd Sunday after Pentecost A



In Jesus' parable, the master gives unbelievable sums of money to his servants and asks them to take care of the master's property. What do we do with all that God has given us? 

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Newsletter Article November 2014, or, How I Spent My Summer Vacation(s)

Below is my Lutheran Church of the Savior newsletter article for November 2014.

For more information, check out Living Water Ministries or another ELCA camp in your area.



“Will you come and follow me
if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know
and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown,
will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be
grown in you and you in me?”

-  John L. Bell, “Will You Come and Follow Me,” ELW 798

Have I ever told you about my time working at camp? I feel like I mention it often enough, ticking it off the list of experiences that give me perspective in serving this congregation as pastor. Sometimes I use it as a qualification, as if working five summers at camp gives me credibility on matters of church, children, or whatever else is convenient at that time.

The truth is that the only qualification I received in working at camp is an experience of the transformational power of the Holy Spirit. I know the gospel message of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ changes lives, because at camp it happened to me. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Sermon Audio 11/2/2014 All Saints A



Revelation has become my favorite book in the Bible. Hear why in this sermon for All Saints. 

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sermon Audio 10/26/2014 Reformation Sunday

Lutheran Church of the Savior, Kalamazoo

Reformation Sunday

Matthew 22:34-46 (alternate Gospel lesson)

To reform is to change, and the church has a particular kind of change at the heart of our community: the change from death to life. Resurrection is the reformation we seek.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sermon 10/19/2014 19th Sunday after Pentecost A

Lutheran Church of the Savior, Kalamazoo

Matthew 22:15-22

The Pharisees' challenge to Jesus about whether or not to pay taxes to the emperor famously ends with Jesus' witty victory when he asks to see whose image is on the coin. Whose image do we bear, and whose image do others see in us?

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Funeral Sermon for Richard Dinda, 10/10/2014

Lutheran Church of the Savior, Kalamazoo

Matthew 5:1-12

Romans 8: 26-28, 31-35, 37-39

Richard Paul Dinda

January 19, 1954 - October 5, 2014

Excerpted from his obituary: "Richard was a very active member of Lutheran Church of the Savior in Kalamazoo. At one time he operated the church sound system. Other church-related activities included playing guitar at folk services, organizing annual outings, and representing the congregation on the steering committee of the Greater Kalamazoo CROP walk organization."