Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sermon Audio 3/1/2015, Lent 2B


Peter is a great biblical example of God using failure to accomplish God's intentions. Society teaches us to avoid failure at all costs, but Jesus shows us another way.

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Sermon for 2/22/2015, Lent 1B



Each year on the first Sunday of Lent we hear about Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. Some temptations are not the straightforward ones about money, sex or power, but instead are unexpected and can more easily worm their way into our hearts. Watch out for these temptations that seek to keep us from the reign of God. 

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Sermon Audio for Ash Wednesday, 2/18/2015



Ash Wednesday reminds us that God comes to us through mysteries. The rite of ashes and repentance has a sacramental quality that draws us into deeper relatoinship with God and into deeper knowledge of ourselves. 

Here is the link to the full text of T.S. Eliot's poem "Ash Wednesday," partially quoted in the sermon. 

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sermon Audio 2/15/2015, Transfiguration B



One definition of an epiphany is "a moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way." Sometimes these moments happen on our worst days, and God is with us in those times.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Sermon Audio 2/8/2015, Epiphany 5B



This was my first sermon after two weeks listening to the fine preaching of others. I tried to avoid the trap of saying everything when I got back to it, though the length of this sermon would suggest I was not as successful as I'd hoped to be. Still, it was fun to be back at it, and I enjoyed talking about Jesus' miraculous healing of "Grace" (the name we gave to Peter's mother-in-law, who deserves to be called something other than "Peter's mother-in-law.") Jesus frees us to follow him wherever he goes, wherever we go. 

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Monday, February 2, 2015

February Newsletter Article: Jubilee!

No sermon audio for 1/25/15 or 2/1/15, because we had excellent guest preachers both weeks, so instead today I can post my February Newsletter article and accompanying annotated schedule of Jubilee Events. Pancakes! Basketball! Bishop! Prayer! So much good stuff here, as we rediscover the joy of following Jesus together.



The glory of these forty days
we celebrate with songs of praise;
for Christ, through whom all things were made,
himself has fasted and has prayed.

Then grant, O God, that we may, too,
return in fast and prayer to you.
Our spirits strengthen with your grace,
and give us joy to see your face.

-  Latin hymn, tr. Maurice F. Bell, “The Glory of These Forty Days,” ELW 320

Lent and Jubilee. How does that make sense?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sermon 1/18/2015, Second Sunday after Epiphany B

Lutheran Church of the Savior, Kalamazoo

1 Samuel 3:1-20

Young Samuel heard the voice of God, and Phillip told Nathanael to "come and see" what Jesus was all about. Our Psalm today describes our bodies as marvelously made by God, and Paul's letter to the Corinthians describes our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit. How do we experience God in our bodies, with our physical senses? And why does God come to us in these ways?

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