Everything's Upside Down
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  Gospel: John 2:13-22 13The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” 17His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18T ..read more
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Altered on the Edge of Belonging.
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 Here are some random thoughts on this Sunday's gospel. I'm using the resource Lent in a Box, which has the overall theme for Lent as Altered by the Spirit. For the first Sunday, we're focusing on Altered on the Edge of Belonging.   Gospel: Mark 1:9-15 9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”  12And the Spirit immediatel ..read more
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Transfigured to Transform
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This is the sermon I preached on Sunday, 2/11/24 at St. Timothy Lutheran Church. The text was Mark 9:2-9. You probably thought I misspoke when I said “transformed” instead of “transfigured” in the reading of this morning’s gospel. However, in Greek, they are the same word. It is the same word used in Romans, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed…” and in 2 Cor. 3:18, “And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the ..read more
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Some Questions
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 This is the message on this coming Sunday's gospel that will go out to the people of St Timothy Lutheran Church. Gospel: Mark 1:29-39 29As soon as [Jesus and the disciples] left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.  32That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. 33And the whole city was gathered around the ..read more
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Evil in a Holy Place?
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 This is the message I sent to the people of St. Timothy regarding this coming Sunday's gospel. Gospel: Mark 1:21-28 21[Jesus and his disciples] went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught.22 They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23 Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, 24 and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” 25But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, a ..read more
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Fishy Story
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This is the sermon I preached on Sunday, 1/21 at St. Timothy Lutheran Church. The text was Mark 1:14-20. There’s something fishy about today’s gospel. Are we really to believe that these four prospective disciples would instantly drop everything and follow Jesus? And this was at night, when fishing took place, to get the fish to market while they were fresh. Jesus has dropped his net to fish for disciples.  The kingdom having come near is the refrain for Jesus—where the work of God is done among the people of God, there the kingdom of God can be found. It is the heart of Jesus’ message ..read more
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 This is the sermon I preached on 1/14 at St....
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 This is the sermon I preached on 1/14 at St. Timothy Lutheran Church. The text is John 1:43-51. The other day I was in the grocery store. I noticed a couple wearing Bills regalia and decided to say to them, “Go Bills.” They smiled and responded in kind, “Go Bills.” Because they identified themselves as fans, we were able to identify each other and greet each other as fans. They displayed their identity and I saw it. I wonder how often we display our faith, not so much by t shirts and colors as by our actions. Others can then see Jesus in us. Sight is key in John’s gospel. In fact, the ..read more
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We Are Baptized!
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 This is the sermon I preached on Sunday, Jan. 7, Baptism of Our Lord at St. Timothy Lutheran Church. The scripture text is Mark 1:4-11. This last part of this morning’s gospel reading grabbed my attention. It stood out like the words were neon lights.They are action-packed and we are going to concentrate on the part which is Jesus’ baptism. Today we have the appearance of all three members of the trinity at this event—Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Father’s voice.  In one sense, Jesus did not need to be baptized, since he had nothing to repent of. He was sinless, so why did he get b ..read more
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Heaven Comes to Earth
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2M ago
 This is the sermon I preached at St. Timothy Lutheran Church on Christmas Eve. The text was Luke 2:1-20.  We gather to proclaim the coming of the light. In this familiar account of Jesus’ birth, the eveningsky is bright with the heavenly host singing, “Glory to God in the highest.” Amid our broken world,we proclaim that the prince of peace is born among us. (Sundaysandseasons.com). Keeping a distraught family together, struggling to get a job, and worrying about a loved one serving overseas are some of the things that we have to do after all the shopping, cleaning, cooking, and p ..read more
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Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks...Always
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 This is the sermon I preached Sunday at St. Timothy Lutheran Church. The text was 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24. Today, the third Sunday of Advent, is Joy Sunday. Our celebration of our Lord’s birth is right around the corner, and there is much to rejoice about. Today’s epistle reading begins with the words, “Rejoice always” (v. 16). The verbs are all plural. Paul is not addressing individuals, but the community of faith. This is a church that has experienced much persecution, and yet Paul writes,  “Rejoice always” (v. 16). Really??? Rejoice is but the first of three quick, staccato-like ..read more
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