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Sighs of the Spirit

This sermon was first preached at an online worship service on Sunday, July 26 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square as part of a sermon series on the book of Romans. Relevant reading here. [ deep sigh ] The Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. [ deep sigh ] […]

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Joseph and the Pretty Princess Dress

This sermon was first preached on June 28, 2020 in an online church service with St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square. It is part of a month-long Pride celebration, bringing queer theology and queer biblical interpretation into worship through the liturgy and preaching. Relevant reading here and continues here. Ketonet כְּתֹנֶת Did you catch that in […]

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Brimstone, Fire, and Radical Hospitality

This sermon was first preached on June 21, 2020 in an online church service with St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square. It is part of a month-long Pride celebration, bringing queer theology and queer biblical interpretation into worship through the liturgy and preaching. Relevant text here. A rain came to Sodom and Gomorrah. But […]

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The Witness of St. Stephen

This sermon was first preached for an online service of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square on Sunday, May 10, 2020.  You can watch and participate in St. Luke’s online worship on our Facebook page at 10:10 am on Sundays, central time. Relevant lectionary readings here.   This week the reading in Acts tells us […]

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Long Walks, Trauma, and Jesus

First preached for an online worship service at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square on Sunday, April 26th. You can worship with us Sundays at 10:10 am central time at St. Luke’s Facebook page. Relevant lectionary readings here.    It’s been another week of feeling like we are on the strangest timeline. The days […]

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Salvation Stories

This sermon was originally preached for an online Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 11, 2020 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square. Relevant lectionary readings here. This is the night where we gather together and sit around the fire as the dark creeps in, and we tell and retell our favorite stories. Stories that began […]

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Between the Horror and the Healing

This sermon was originally preached for an online reflection on Holy Saturday at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square. Relevant lectionary readings here. It’s Holy Saturday, the morning after it happened.   The disciples are huddled inside, frozen and afraid.   A few of the women have begun preparing burial spices, channeling their mourning into action, […]

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The Cross: Solidarity and Forgiveness

First preached online on Friday, April 10th, 2020 on Good Friday for an online service of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square. Relevant lectionary texts here.  He saw it coming, the way a lot of slain revolutionaries do. He knew how this would go.  He saw the way that John was snatched away, imprisoned, executed. […]

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The Quarantined Christ

First preached for at online, social-distancing service at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Logan Square. Relevant lectionary texts here. With gratitude to John Stendahl for his post on the etymology of “quarantine.” The Spirit drove Jesus into quarantine for 40 days and 40 nights.  He was socially distant from everyone. He didn’t go to the […]

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Jesus Gets Ready for the Revolution

Readings are from Lent 1, and can be found here. St. Luke’s, Holy Family, and First Trinity decided to share preachers this Lent. Each of the five preachers brought one sermon to each place, which is why you might notice that the lectionary is out of the traditional order. This sermon was first preached at […]