Monday, August 3, 2015

Sermon Audio 8/2/2015, Acts Series Week Nine


Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year B


The crisis that scattered the first church from Jerusalem into Judea and Samaria became an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to spread the gospel. Recent news that the Lutheran tradition is the whitest religious tradition in the US presents a very different kind of crisis. Will we be open to how the Holy Spirit can use our weakness as means to share the gospel?

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Sermon Audio 7/26/2015, Acts Series Week Eight


Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year B


Prophetic grief is the public lament that challenges the injustices that have led to violence against God's people. The death of Stephen in our Acts sermon series is an excellent lens through which we can explore prophetic grief as the work of following Jesus today. For more on prophetic grief, search the hashtags #PropheticGrief and #SlateSpeak (the online church conversation that inspired this sermon, by @TheSlateProject) on Twitter. 


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Monday, July 20, 2015

Sermon Audio 7/19/2015, Acts Series Week Seven


8th Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year B


The Holy Spirit will mess with you. Thus I learned anew when a series of technological circumstances led me to preach this sermon from memory. Of course that was also the intended point of the sermon, on how the apostles' establishment of the diaconate in Acts 6 did not go as planned. Funny how that works.


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Monday, July 13, 2015

Sermon Audio 7/12/2015, Acts Sermon Series Week Six


Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year B


Three challenging readings today - the death of John the Baptist, the deaths of Ananias and Sapphira, and Amos arguing with Amaziah - all have a surprising thing in common. Each features a character with the same motivation: popularity. They wanted to impress people. They wanted people to like them. When is popularity not Good News? 


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Monday, July 6, 2015

Sermon Audio 7/5/2015, Acts Sermon Series Week Five


Acts Sermon Series Week Five


This week our detour from Acts continues with an exploration of generosity in Paul's second letter to the Corinthians. My passion for generosity combines with translational nerdery, congregational participation, and Jesus' first sending of his twelve disciples to address a 20-year-old mystery. Much excitement!


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Monday, June 29, 2015

Sermon Audio 6/27/2015, Day of Repentance for Racism and Mourning for Charleston Victims




In response to the massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, we heeded the words of our Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton with a Day of Repentance and Mourning. The alleged shooter is a member of an ELCA congregation, and two of the victims, Hon. Rev. Clementa Pinckney and Rev. Daniel Simmons, were graduates of the ELCA seminary in South Carolina. It should not take these ELCA connections for our churches to rise up for racial justice, and that it did is one of the realities of which we repent. 

Thanks to Rozella White, ELCA Director of Young Adult Ministries; Rev. Meghan Johnston Aelabouni; and President Obama. Each brought us a necessary Word this morning. Links are to the full texts quoted in part in this sermon. 

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sermon Audio 6/14/2015 - Acts Sermon Series Week Two


Acts Sermon Series, Week Two / Third Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year B



At my recent continuing education event, I learned about generosity, one of the core values of Lutheran Church of the Savior. What is generosity, and how does it flourish among us?

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