The Search for the Sacred: Sacred Places

July 22nd, 2017

The Search for the Sacred: Sacred Places Exodus 6:1-6 July 23, 2017   So, this week, I am going to challenge you to do something. I want you to stand up. Seriously…stand up! I want you to look around the sanctuary for a minute. Ask yourself a question, “Where is the last place that I


The Search for the Sacred: Sacred Rituals

July 9th, 2017

The Search for the Sacred: Sacred Rituals Mark 14:22-25 July 9, 2017 This morning, I want to talk about sacred rituals. When I say those words, most of you probably think of a priest walking the aisle in a cathedral, swinging the incense container back and forth or you think of a pastor holding a


The Overlooked and the Ignored

July 2nd, 2017

The Overlooked and the Ignored Matthew 25:31-40 July 2, 2017 (Community 4th of July Service) If you think about it, Jesus was crucified for two reasons. First, he was a threat to the powers that be. The fear was that he was too political. He was only a step away from turning his followers against


The Search for the Sacred: Freedom to Choose

June 25th, 2017

The Search for the Sacred: The Freedom to Choose Matthew 7:24-27 June 25, 2017 Here is this morning’s truth: We are free; God made us that way. We are free to take the gift of life that we have been given and find time for joy and take time to hone our skills and add


The Search for the Sacred: Nature

June 19th, 2017

The Search for the Sacred: Nature Psalm 8 June 18, 2017 Before people created religions, there was the experience of the holy. Let’s say that again…before people created religions, there was the experience of the holy. People experienced things that transcended the ordinary and every day. People were transformed by the power of this “something


No Greater Love

May 28th, 2017

No Greater Love John 15:13 May 28, 2017 “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” These words are spoken by Jesus to his disciples, not long before one of those disciples would betray him and the gears would be set in motion by which he would die.


Why Faith Matters

May 22nd, 2017

Why Faith Matters John 21:15-19 May 21, 2017 My gift to the confirmation class and to the congregation as a whole this morning is a brief sermon. For some people, this a dream come true! For me, it is the pragmatic result of having confirmation and a congregational meeting on the same Sunday. As the


When it Dawned on the Disciples…

May 14th, 2017

When it Dawned on the Disciples… John 21:1-14 May 14, 2017 Imagine someone comes up to you and starts sharing about a mystical experience they had. Chances are, you’re going to think two things. First, “Why didn’t I get to have that kind of a powerful experience, too?” Second, “If I did get to have


“Stay With Us!”

May 7th, 2017

“Stay With Us!” Luke 24:28-35 May 7, 2017 This past Monday was a hard day. I had to get my car in for service which always disrupts a day and usually takes more time and costs more money than I think it will. I was getting reports from Sarah about racist incidents at Saint Olaf,


Defending Thomas

April 30th, 2017

Defending Thomas John 20:24-29 April 30, 2017 Every Gospel is a little different. Some of those differences seem pretty inconsequential. Some differences are pretty powerful. Our job is to “harmonize” these different accounts. Our job is to listen very carefully to them and ask ourselves, “What are they saying to us today?” One of the


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