a sermon that doesn’t really matter

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost | Texts: Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23, Psalm 49:1-12 , Colossians 3:1-11, Luke 12:13-21  | This week is the one major time in our three year cycle of bible readings that we get to read from the book of Ecclesiastes. (It also comes up on the festival of New Year’s Eve, but would you believe not a lot of people spend their New Year’s Eve at church.)...

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an ordination sermon

Ordination of Mathew Berger | Texts: Isaiah 42:5-9, Romans 12:9-13, Mark 6:30-44 | There’s a piece of advice that I have heard on several occasions from pastors who are wiser and more experienced than I. It is a piece of advice that I have resented, and successfully ignored...

a sermon in translation

Day of Pentecost | Texts: Genesis 11:1-9, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, Acts 2:1-21, John 14:8-17, 25-27 | When Josh and I lived in Argentina alongside a Lutheran congregation there, one of my closest friends was a woman named Blanca, who was really into crafts. To give you an idea of how intense she is about crafts, she found our facebook profiles before we arrived...

a sermon on bathsheba

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost | Texts: 2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a, Psalm 51:1-12, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35 | “Teacher, when did you come here?” the crowd asks Jesus. They didn’t see him back on the other side, so they’ve gotten in boats to find him across the water. Jesus casually ignores their question, but the ones who know the story remember what happened just before. Jesus is on the other side of the lake because he walked there on water...