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Harvesting Justice

This sermon was first preached at Bay View Lutheran Church on September 19, 2021 as part of a book event for #BaptizedinTearGas. Relevant lectionary readings here. In just a couple of days we are coming upon the Fall Equinox; the time of year when the sun crosses from north of the equator to the south, […]

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Banquets of Life and Death

This sermon was first preached for Faith Church in Joliet on July 11, 2021. Relevant lectionary readings can be found here. King Herod came from a line of tyrants. The Gospel of Matthew tells us that his father before him is the man who orchestrated the genocidal plot to drown all of the baby boys […]

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Dishonored Prophets – A Sermon for the 4th of July

This sermon was first preached at Faith Lutheran Church in Joliet on July 4, 2021. Relevant lectionary readings can be found here. In the secular calendar today we commemorate the 4th of July, a day many of us celebrate the founding of our “home” here in the United States. This is a day where we […]

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The Reign of God is Like…

This sermon was first preached for an online service of Tualatin Presbyterian Church on Sunday, June 13, 2021. Relevant lectionary readings can be found here. Hmmmmmm. How can we explain the Reign of God? What is it like? The Reign of God is like….how many of you are gardeners? Or have done landscaping? We recently […]

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Friends of God

This sermon was first preached for an online service of Mosaic Lutheran Church on May 9, 2021. Relevant lectionary readings can be found here. Grace and peace are yours from the resurrected Christ. Amen. It is so good to be with you all, virtually, this morning. I have heard a lot about this congregation and […]

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A Witness

This sermon was first preached at an online service for St. John’s Wilmette on April 18, 2021. Relevant lectionary readings can be found here. It had only been about three days since they arrested Jesus. At least I think it was three days. Four? Time moves so differently now. And these last few days…they were […]

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The Resurrection of the Body

This sermon was first preached for an online service of New Life on April 11, 2020. Relevant lectionary readings here. I invite you to take a deep breath. (breathe) Feel the air coming in through your nose. Feel your lungs expand. Notice the rising of your chest or belly and the way it softens as […]

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The Story of the CEO of Schmamazon and Lazarus

This sermon was first preached at an online service of Kindred+ on March 14, 2021. Relevant lectionary texts can be found here. If Jesus had a Twitter account, these verses might count as some of his spiciest subtweets. In the midst of several parables and direct teachings regarding money, Jesus was getting major heat from […]

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Jesus – Enemy of the State

This sermon was originally preached for an online service of American Lutheran Church Burbank on February 28, 2021. Relevant lectionary readings can be found here. On April 3rd, 1968, in Memphis, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr said:Like anybody, I would like to live a long life – longevity has its place. But I’m […]

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Leadership, Community, and that Neighborhood Mom that Becomes Your Other Mom

This sermon was first preached for an online service of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church on February 7, 2021. Relevant lectionary texts here. The woman in this story doesn’t have a name. This isn’t uncommon, unfortunately, with scripture. Women in the Bible are often erased from the narrative entirely or else left unnamed. When […]