it’s not a very nice sermon

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost | Texts: Jeremiah 23:23-29, Psalm 82, Hebrews 11:29-12:2, Luke 12:49-56 | I remember in high school one day, walking down the hall to English class with my friend. There were about two minutes left in the passing period, and she kind of curiously asked me to explain real quick what Christianity is and what Christians believe. (My friend was Hindu.)...

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a sermon that doesn’t really matter

Eighth 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.)...

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...