Here are some stewardship, discipleship, mission, and innovation thoughts about the appointed readings for the Revised Common and Narrative Lectionaries for Sunday July 18, 2021. Continue reading Preaching Thoughts- July 18, 2021
God has entrusted me with a voice. I have a voice. I have a blog. I have some social media presence. Recognizing such, I feel convicted, and I will use my voice to do what I can. Continue reading Being a Deacon Today…
I had the privilege of being with the people of Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska online, and with a few in person for the ordination of Deacon Koren Lindley on Sunday May 17, 2020. Deacon Koren has now been called and installed as Director of Family and Social Ministry, at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Omaha. What follows is the majority of the … Continue reading The Call of a Deacon Doesn’t End when the Church Goes Online – an Ordinaton Sermon for Deacon Koren Lindley
This week’s stewardship nuggets based on the appointed readings from the Revised Common Lectionary and Narrative Lectionary for the Fifth Sunday of Easter are as follows: Sunday May 10, 2020: Revised Common Lectionary- The Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year A) First Lesson: Acts 7:55-60 Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 Second Lesson: 1 Peter 2:2-10 Gospel of John 14:1-14 Visions of what is to come with Jesus’ ascension … Continue reading Preaching on Stewardship- May 10, 2020- The Fifth Sunday of Easter
Three years ago, I said “yes” to God, and the church said “yes” to me in affirming my call toward Word and Service ministry. Three years ago today, I was formally consecrated as a minister of Word and Service, a Deacon in our church. Set apart for formal ministry. And now, three years later in the eyes of a church, I am seen as ordained … Continue reading What does it mean, to me, to be a Deacon today?
It was a joy to be with the good people of Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska today (July 28, 2019) thanks to the invitation of Pastor Carm Aderman. I was invited to come and preach, and to also speak about Deacons and the Ministry of Word and Service. What follows is the majority of the manuscript from which I preached or at least … Continue reading Walking with God & Doing God’s Work Together through Prayer- a sermon for Lectionary 17C/Pentecost 7C
I had the privilege to be with the good people of Thabor Lutheran in Wausa, Nebraska yesterday (March 24, 2019) for the Third Sunday in Lent. I was invited by Pastor Carl Sirotzki to come and preach on stewardship, and visit the congregation, as well as meet with members of the church council and stewardship committee. It was a joy to be with the congregation, … Continue reading Bearing Fruit as God’s Stewards, even among the floods of life- a stewardship sermon for the Third Sunday in Lent
I had the privilege of being with the good people of Immanuel “Stateline” and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Parish in Wymore, Nebraska today (Sunday September 30, 2018) for their Fall Festival. I was invited to preach on stewardship by Pastor Suzanne How, and help celebrate the dedication of the congregations’ Global Farm Challenge Gifts to ELCA World Hunger. What follows is the majority of the … Continue reading “Being Salty and Offering a Cup of Cool Water”
To all dads, fathers, grandpas, and anyone who has shown or shows fatherly love and care, Happy Father’s Day! If you read this blog at all, you know that I am a relatively new parent. So new, that this is my first Father’s Day as a dad actually. I am deeply in love with our darling daughter Caroline. I couldn’t be more blessed and grateful … Continue reading Reflections on my first Father’s Day- Love and gratitude, calling out evil, and our need to change.
I have been reading and gaining insights from the great academic and ministry journal, Currents in Theology and Mission for a little over a decade. While in college, I read a number of articles and cited them in my religion capstone. Later in seminary, it was a go to source of insights and the references these articles cited helped in crafting and strengthening my thesis. … Continue reading Stewards of God’s Love for the World: The Relationship of Deacon and Stewardship