Sermons from April 2015

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Sermon: Easter 4, Good Shepherd Sunday John 10:11-18, Acts 4:5-12

There’s a lot going on today It’s Good Shepherd Sunday, as it is each year on the 4th Sunday of Easter And it’s World Malaria Day weekend, the actually day was yesterday, April 25, a day we in the ELCA have been marking in particular through the Malaria Campaign, which ends now, in 2015, from […]

Sermon Easter 3 B Luke 24:36-48

Jesus stood among them and said to them: Peace be with you, and they were startled and terrified.   Today we come to Luke’s telling of what happens on Easter night. It’s not that different from John’s account, which we read last week, except Thomas doesn’t get any special mention, and there are a few […]

Sermon, Easter 2 B, Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31

Wouldn’t it be something if we could experience what Luke describes in Acts 4? Truth be told, I’m not sure the early Church ever really experienced it. I think Luke might be reporting an idealized version of their reality. But there we have it. The whole group is of one heart and one soul There’s […]

Sermon Easter Vigil 2015

When Jill was little we read a book together in which a child and parent described their love as reaching to the moon and back. Expanding on that theme, throughout her childhood and well into her adolescence, Karen and I and Jill would challenge one another, declaring our love as extending, not just to the […]

Sermon Good Friday – The Passion according to the Gospel of John

At the beginning of his telling of Christ’s Passion, as we read last night, John writes these words: Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.   He commanded his disciples to live according to a new covenant built on and centered in love. He said: Love one […]

Sermon: Maundy Thursday John 13

Tonight is about love. Well, in fact, this whole weekend is about love. Using a phrase I’ve borrowed from my favorite Christian singer/songwriter, Michael Card, we can say that Jesus is the One who loves us so much that he “would really rather die than to live without us.” Love is at the heart of […]

Sermon for Passion Sunday Philippians 2:5-11, Mark chapters 14 and 15

Jesus is coming into the capital city. It’s a festival time – well, that doesn’t do it justice, it’s the most solemn of festival times – The Passover is only a week away. The crowd has heard of this Jesus from Nazareth who has done great things – healings, the blind see, the lame walk, […]