Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Actual Blog Post*: What Does It Mean to Be "Religious" in America?

With regard to religion, my cousin and dear friend is a devoutly skeptical and endlessly curious, a combination I hold in high esteem. He posted this article, entitled "Religious Diversity May Be Making America Less Religious," by Daniel Cox for fivethirtyeight.com.

I found this article extremely interesting. Upon reflection, the question that emerged for me was what it means to be "religious." This article points me toward a potential change in what it means to be religious. Is "religious" about belief, as Protestants tend to think? Is it about practice, as Catholic and (more clearly) Buddhist traditions suggest? I think in the US, "religious" has actually tended to mean something else.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sermon Audio 8/21/2016, Acts Sermon Series Week Twelve


Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year C

Acts Sermon Series 2016, Week Twelve


Our Acts sermon series continues with Paul re-telling the story of his conversion. This story has much to teach us about the baptism we celebrated today, and both the story and the baptism have much to teach the rest of us about how we follow Jesus. 


Monday, August 15, 2016

Sermon Audio 8/14/2016, Acts Sermon Series Week Eleven

Lutheran Church of the Savior, Kalamazoo

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year C

Acts Sermon Series 2016, Week Eleven

Luke 12:49-56, Acts 20:17-24

Our annual outdoor worship event brought fair weather and a Gospel lesson so challenging that I could not ignore it. Our Acts reading was similar, with Paul uncertain about his future in Jerusalem. Jesus says he came to bring fire and division to the earth. What does this mean?

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Sermon Audio 8/7/2016, Acts Sermon Series Week Ten


Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year C

Acts Sermon Series 2016, Week Ten


How does the gospel transform us? As individuals? As the church? How does it transform the communities around us? Paul's experience in Ephesus can tell us a lot about what the gospel looks like in the world


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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sermon Audio 7/31/2016, Acts Sermon Series Week 9


Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year C

Acts Sermon Series 2016, Week Nine


The Holy Spirit is active in our church and in our world, and it's ok if we admit that we don't always recognize the Spirit's work. But when we do see the Spirit moving among us, we have a chance to be a part of God's work.


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Monday, July 25, 2016

Sermon Audio 7/24/2016, Acts Sermon Series Week Eight

Lutheran Church of the Savior, Kalamazoo

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year C

Acts Sermon Series 2016, Week Eight

Acts 18:1-11
Our Acts sermon series continues with Paul in Corinth, struggling to share the good news about Jesus until he receives a gospel message himself. I spent this week at Living Water Ministries camp for the first time with LCS kids. A challenging week of camp is the perfect opportunity for the Holy Spirit to transform lives and institutions to share the gospel and direct us toward God's reign on earth.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sermon Audio 7/17/2016, Acts Sermon Series Week Seven


Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year C

Acts Sermon Series 2016, Week Seven

Acts 17:16, 22-31 [Link to Oremus]

This week we dive deeply into Acts, to talk idolatry in ancient Athens and in our lives today. With all the troubles in our world today, we sometimes overlook idolatry, but watch out. Idolatry lies at the heart of many of our concerns. 


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