Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sermon Audio 4/12/2015, Second Sunday of Easter B



How did the first apostles live together, and how can they inspire us to live more fully for God in the light of the death and resurrection of Jesus?


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Sermon Audio 4/5/2015, Easter Sunday B



Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

Mark's maybe-abbreviated story of Jesus' resurrection may be my favorite version of the story, showing how God's love for us in Jesus transcends the power of sin and death, yes, and also the power of fear. As usual, "Do not be afraid" is the beginning of the Good News.


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Friday, April 3, 2015

Sermon Audio 4/2/2015 Maundy Thursday



"Love one another" is Jesus' most powerful, challenging command to his disciples. He gives this new commandment during his final meal with them. How can we follow such a simple, complicated commandment? In this meal Jesus shows us how to love one another. 


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Monday, March 30, 2015

Sunday 3/29/2015 Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday B

Lutheran Church of the Savior, Kalamazoo

Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday, Lectionary Year B

Philippians 2:5-11

This year, instead of again being annoyed that Palm Sunday and Sunday of the Passion are forced to share a single stage, I decided to embrace the paradox, and remembered the helpful guideline that Jesus is both.

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Sermon Audio 3/22/2015, Lent 5B

Lutheran Church of the Savior, Kalamazoo

Fifth Sunday of Lent, Lectionary Year B

John 12:20-33

"[U]nless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit." Jesus brings the wisdom to those who wish to see him. With cameos from Obi-Wan Kenobi and S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Sermon Audio 3/15/2015, Lent 4B



On the day of our big Shots for Shots fundraiser, a basketball event for the ELCA Malaria Campaign, we ran into a bit of adversity. God's grace is greater than this, or any, adversity. 


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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sermon Audio 3/8/2015, Lent 3B

Lutheran Church of the Savior, Kalamazoo

Exodus 20:1-17

I've long found the Ten Commandments to be quite vexing, especially since learning that Lutherans count the Ten differently than any other Christian or Jewish group. (It's true. I looked it up on Wikipedia. And in the Book of Concord.) When we talk about God's Law, what are we really talking about? 

I admit, I really like this sermon, and hope you do too.

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