Relationships, Relationships, Relationships- a sermon for The Holy Trinity (The First Sunday after Pentecost)

A sermon on “Relationships, Relationships, Relationships,” for The Holy Trinity, the first Sunday after Pentecost, for First Lutheran Church in Fremont, Nebraska. Continue reading Relationships, Relationships, Relationships- a sermon for The Holy Trinity (The First Sunday after Pentecost)

Preaching Thoughts- Second Sunday in Lent- March 13, 2022

Reflections about this week’s appointed stories from the revised common and narrative lectionaries for the Second Sunday in Lent, with potential insights about discipleship, mission, innovation, and stewardship. Continue reading Preaching Thoughts- Second Sunday in Lent- March 13, 2022

“Come and See…” – a #Stewardship Sermon for the Second Sunday after Epiphany

It was a joy to be with the good people of Salem Lutheran and St. Timothy Lutheran in Fremont, Nebraska. Thank you to Pastor Shari Schwedhelm for the invitation, and to both congregations for the warm welcome. I was invited to preach on stewardship and lead worship for both congregations. What follows is the majority of the manuscript that I preached from based on the … Continue reading “Come and See…” – a #Stewardship Sermon for the Second Sunday after Epiphany

Preaching on Stewardship- January 12, 2020- Baptism of Our Lord

Happy Epiphany! With the second half of Advent and the Christmas season being a time to focus on the story of God with us, I figured you didn’t need much more help with stewardship preaching that that. So this is the first weekly post in about month.  Here we are, in a new year, and off to the races with Baptism of Our Lord Sunday! … Continue reading Preaching on Stewardship- January 12, 2020- Baptism of Our Lord

Living in Gratitude- in at least 7 personal life ways

If you read this blog often, you know that gratitude has become a regular sub-theme of sorts here for me. So when I saw a friend ask the other day for strategies for promoting gratitude in daily life, I decided to think about what my daily gratitude practices look like. I’ll admit, I am human. Some days I lose sight of, or at least take … Continue reading Living in Gratitude- in at least 7 personal life ways

God’s Story, Our Stories, and God’s On-Going Story for Us

It was a great joy to be invited to preach today (March 11, 2018) at Salem Lutheran in Fontanelle, by my wife and the congregation’s pastor, Allison. What follows is the majority of the manuscript I preached from, based on the revised common lectionary’s appointed gospel, John 3:14-21, and epistle, Ephesians 2:1-10 for the Fourth Sunday in Lent (Lent 4B). Grace and peace from God … Continue reading God’s Story, Our Stories, and God’s On-Going Story for Us

What’s in a Name?

When you log into Facebook, and it reminds you that today is your Baptismal birthday, I have to admit, that’s kind of cool. It’s little strange, given that Facebook wasn’t around then, but still, it’s kind of cool.  This has me thinking today about the importance of names and the idea of being claimed. Those of you who know me well, know that I prefer … Continue reading What’s in a Name?

Let’s be a John 3:17 People! – A stewardship sermon

This weekend (March 11th & 12th), I had the joy of visiting First Lutheran Church in Kearney, Nebraska. Pastor Sylvia Karlsson invited me to come, preach, and visit, as part of the congregation’s stewardship season of focus during Lent. Over the course of the weekend, I preached the following sermon, visited with many different people, and also had a fun evening of a barbecue stewardship dinner … Continue reading Let’s be a John 3:17 People! – A stewardship sermon

130 Years of Ministry

My home congregation, First Lutheran Church in Poulsbo, Washington turned 130 today. That’s quite a history. As it celebrates its birthday, and continues to serve in changing ways and a changing context, I wanted to share a quick post of gratitude for this congregation that God has led and continues to call and guide in Kitsap County. It is the congregation where I was baptized … Continue reading 130 Years of Ministry