Matthew 5:1-12 “What makes a disciple?” That had to be a serious, daunting question hanging over the heads of the disciples as they followed Jesus away from the growing, demanding crowds up the mountain.  I guess the first answer to the question “What makes a disciple” is that these men get some very exclusive…

Reformation 2016 Psalm 46 This is going to be quite a year to be a Lutheran.  Today we enter the 500th year since Martin Luther began his critical, painful, passionate struggle with the church.  And for the next year the Twin Cities may be the proudest metro in the country as we celebrate Protestant Pride…

Christmas Eve 2016 This is the night Love was born.  This is the night we sing some of the most familiar melodies of all time and hear a story that many of us could give a pretty accurate re-telling of, even if you haven’t picked up a Bible in years. This is the night that…

Jacob was a man God chose to do wonderful works through. Jacob is one of our great fathers of the faith, a central figure in the life of God’s chosen people. Jacob…was a jerk. We step into Jacob’s story as he is on the run, and for good reason! Jacob has conned his way into…

Luke 14:1, 7-14 Sisters and brothers in Christ, grace and peace to you from God our provision and from Jesus our gracious host and teacher. Amen. According to our gospel reading, we should take some time this morning to go around and make sure everyone is sitting in the right spot! Are you sitting in…

Luke 14:25-33 September 4th, 2016 We are about to hear a scandalous text extreme language. The challenge for the listener this morning is to let this text speak with all of its extremities, yet to hear it within the flow and purpose of the gospel itself. 25 Now large crowds were travelling with him; and…

Luke 14:1, 7-14 14On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. 7 When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. 8‘When you are invited by someone to…

As we welcome a new pastor, this is a timely article in The Lutheran, “5 things that happen when you get a new pastor”: http://www.thelutheran.org/article/article.cfm New people will show up. Some people will leave. Worship will change. New life will spring forth. You will love each other, by God. “This last one is the most…

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What do you get when you cross the Easter Bunny with a pastor after Holy Week? An Easter Basket Case. After a spiritually filled Holy Week that culminates with the wonder of Easter Sunday, it is quite common to find a pastor, staff, and volunteers in need of a nap. Is there any wonder why?…

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It’s about that time again for many of us to dust off our “nice” church clothes for our semi-annual trip to “formal” worship. For some, Christmas Eve and Easter mark their only church outings on the calendar, but even for those of us who go almost every week—Easter is one of the Sundays we are…

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