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."


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sermon 10/5/2014, 17th Sunday after Pentecost A

Lutheran Church of the Savior, Kalamazoo

17th Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year A

Philippians 3:4b-14

What does success look like? Paul wrote to the Philippians that he had been very successful before he met Jesus, and then the rules changed and he had to adapt to an entirely new definition of success. As followers of Jesus navigating our complex society today, how do we define success, as individuals and as a congregation? Who defines success for us?

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Sermon 9/28/2014, 16th Sunday after Pentecost A

Lutheran Church of the Savior, Kalamazoo

Philippians 2:1-13 

Today's beautiful lesson from Philippians reminds us that God is at work in us, and God is at work through us. 

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Sermon Audio 9/21/2014, 16th Sunday after Pentecost A

Lutheran Church of the Savior, Kalamazoo

15th Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year A

Matthew 20:1-16

Jesus' parable of the generous landowner is a wonderfully unexpected look at God's grace. The laborers are right to point out that the landowner's generosity exceeds the bounds of fairness, which is why this is such a great story for us as we embark on our annual stewardship drive. Stewardship is the process of figuring out how to respond to God's generosity, figuring out what to do with all God has given us. I love stewardship because this process draws us deeper into our faith and shows us how to live out our new lives in Christ.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Sermon Audio 9/14/2014, Holy Cross Sunday

Lutheran Church of the Savior, Kalamazoo

1 Corinthians 1:18-24

The cross is the central symbol of Christianity. Even before Jesus, the cross was a powerful symbol, and its meaning has changed over time. My son recognized the cross before he was 18 months old, but he understood it to mean something very different than I do. What does the cross mean to us today as we try to follow Jesus together?

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