Created, Called, and Sent as Beloved Salt that Shines! – a Stewardship Sermon for the 5th Sunday after Epiphany

It was a joy to be with the good people of Trinity Lutheran in Cordova, Nebraska today (Sunday February 9, 2020). Thank you to the invitation of Pastor Michelle Kanzaki to be with the congregation as part of the third Nebraska Synod Road Show weekend. I was invited to come and preach and share words about how we are the church together, as well as … Continue reading Created, Called, and Sent as Beloved Salt that Shines! – a Stewardship Sermon for the 5th Sunday after Epiphany

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 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

Preaching on Stewardship- October 7, 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 October 7, 2018: Revised Common Lectionary- The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (Time after Pentecost- Lectionary 27- Year B) First Lesson: Genesis 2:18-24 Psalm 8 Second … Continue reading Preaching on Stewardship- October 7, 2018

This Week’s Links

Tuesdays on the blog mean that I have the pleasure of sharing some links to things that I have found interesting and thought provoking over the previous week with all of you. To help make sense of all that I have read, I have grouped these links by the following categories: Church and Ministry Thought & Practice; Cross-Sector Collaboration; Leadership Thought & Practice; Neighbor Love; … Continue reading This Week’s Links

Preaching on Stewardship- September 10, 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 September 10, 2017: Revised Common Lectionary- Time after Pentecost 14A Lectionary 23 First Lesson: Ezekiel 33:7-11 Psalm 119:33-40 Second Lesson: Romans 13:8-14 Gospel of Matthew 18:15-20 … Continue reading Preaching on Stewardship- September 10, 2017

Choosing Life and Living Abundantly

The following is the majority of the sermon I preached at American Lutheran Church in Filley, Nebraska on Sunday February 12, 2017. The passages appointed for the day by the revised common lectionary (Epiphany 6A) included Deuteronomy 30:15-20, 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, and Matthew 5:21-37.  Grace and peace to you this day, and greetings from your 100,000 sisters and brothers across the Nebraska Synod. I know … Continue reading Choosing Life and Living Abundantly

Why the Old Testament Must Not Go Away

Tonight my wife Allison and I had the great pleasure to attend a lecture in the chapel at Luther Seminary. The lecture entitled, “Why the Old Testament Must Not Go Away” was given by the esteemed Dr. Walter Brueggemann, as the first annual Terence E. and Faith L. Fretheim Lecture in Biblical Theology. Dr. Fretheim was one of our absolute favorite professors that we were … Continue reading Why the Old Testament Must Not Go Away