Monday, July 25, 2016

Sermon Audio 7/24/2016, Tenth Sunday after Pentecost C

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


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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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sermon Audio 7/10/2016, Acts Sermon Series Week 6


Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year C

Acts Sermon Series 2016, Week Six




I was gone for two weeks on vacation. I returned to find that violence and division still rule our nation. Who is our neighbor? And how does Jesus turn the world upside down? 

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sermon Audio 6/19/2016, Acts Sermon Series Week 3


Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year C

Acts Sermon Series 2016, Week Three


Our Acts series continues with a serious discussion of idolatry, our practice of placing our ultimate trust in that which is not God. As the horrific mass shooting in Orlando reminds us, murder is always idolatrous, and tragedies often drive us to other idolatrous responses. 

In worship during our Rite of Healing we read aloud the names of the 49 victims of the shooting at Pulse in Orlando. We handed out the names and went around the room, almost the entire congregation participating in this ritual of lament. Then we prayed for survivors, families of the deceased, their communities and our entire nation as we struggle to respond to hate and violence. It was  a powerful ritual, each of us holding one victim close and publicly voicing their name. 


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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sermon Audio 6/12/2016, Acts Sermon Series Week Two


Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year C

Acts Sermon Series 2016, Week Two


Already the Holy Spirit is messing with us this summer, as I've decided to forgo this week's Acts reading in favor of talking about rape culture. From the time David "took" Bathsheba, to the time an unnamed "sinful" woman washed Jesus' feet, and even until this very day, men have systemically treated women as less than fully human. There is good news in this sermon, but not before a long and difficult talk on sexism and sexual assault. 


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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Sermon Audio 6/5/2016, Acts Sermon Series Week One


Third Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year C

Acts Sermon Series 2016, Week One


Thus begins a second summer of Acts readings, in which we see how the Holy Spirit transformed the early church. The Holy Spirit does amazing things, even miraculous things, but we don't always notice. What keeps us from recognizing the work of the Holy Spirit around us?

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Sermon Audio 5/29/2016 2nd Sunday after Pentecost C

Lutheran Church of the Savior, Kalamazoo [Link to ]

Second Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year C

Luke 7:1-10 [Link to Oremus]

Jesus and the centurion in Capernaum: when even Jesus is surprised, we ought to pay attention. 


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