Tag: baptism

Dear Child of God- a new father’s reflection on their child’s baptism

Yesterday our daughter Caroline was sealed with the Holy Spirit, and marked with the cross of Christ forever. It was a wonderful day with the whole people of God, the wonderful congregation of Salem Lutheran of whom I am happy and grateful to be a part of, and a fantastic day of gathering with family

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“The Kingdom of God breaks into our world, in part through stewards like us”

I had the privilege of being with the good people of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Falls City, Nebraska today (October 7, 2018). Thank you so much to Pastor Andrew Chavanak for the invitation to come and preach, and for the warm welcome I received by the whole congregation in a time of conversation

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We’re a People on the Go, who is Blessed to be a Blessing

I had the privilege to be with the good people of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Hickman, Nebraska this morning (Sunday September 16, 2018), preaching on stewardship and leading a learning time conversation after worship. Thank you to friend and Pastor Ron Drury for the invitation. What follows is the majority of the

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Preaching on Stewardship- May 27, 2018

Happy Monday! Every Monday I share a few tidbits, nuggets, or ideas for incorporating some stewardship themes in your preaching. This week’s stewardship nuggets based on the appointed readings by the Revised Common Lectionary and Narrative Lectionary are as follows: Sunday May 27, 2018: Revised Common Lectionary- The Holy Trinity First Lesson: Isaiah 6:1-8 Psalm

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New Life in Christ & Our Response as Stewards

On Sunday January 14, 2018, I was honored to be with the good people of Lord of Love Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska. As part of my visit, Pastor Becky Sells and the congregation’s stewardship team invited me to preach on stewardship at both services and also present during the Adult Forum time. The congregation

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It’s All About that Grace- Called, Claimed, Baptized, Charged & Sent

I had the pleasure and privilege of being with the good people of American Lutheran Church in Gothenburg, Nebraska this weekend. As part of this, I participated in their joint Epiphany celebration with Zion Lutheran Church on Saturday January 6, 2018; and then I preached in worship for Baptism of Our Lord Sunday, helping kick

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To Take Up the Cross and Follow

Today I had the privilege of sharing the message at my congregation, Salem Lutheran Church in Fontanelle. My wife (the congregation’s pastor Allison Siburg, at the far left in the picture above) invited me to preach on the lectionary for this week, so what follows is the majority of my manuscript that I preached from,

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I renounce…

In baptism and the affirmation of baptism, we profess our faith together like we do most weeks in worship. But unlike our usual profession of faith, which usually involves some proclamation of a creed or statement of belief, in the baptism and affirmation of baptism liturgies, the creed is prefaced with three questions. The presiding

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Preaching on Stewardship- August 20, 2017

Every Monday I share a few tidbits, nuggets, or ideas for incorporating some stewardship themes in your preaching. This week’s stewardship nuggets based on the appointed readings by the Revised Common Lectionary and Narrative Lectionary are as follows: Sunday August 20, 2017: Revised Common Lectionary- Time after Pentecost 11A Lectionary 20 First Lesson: Isaiah 56:1,

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Take Heart, it is I, Do not be Afraid

Today I had the joy of filling in for my friend, Pastor Andrew Dietzel, leading worship and preaching at the congregations he serves- Edensburg Lutheran Church in Malmo, Nebraska and Alma Lutheran Church in Mead, Nebraska. The sermon for today was based on the gospel reading for Lectionary 19A, Matthew 14:22-33. The majority of the

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