Seeing Emmanuel- Our God who has come into the world and is with us!

This post first appeared on Christmas Day, December 25, 2020 on the Nebraska Synod Blog. Merry Christmas, People of God!!! What joy it is to think about God’s presence with me and with all of you on this most holy of days. Admittedly it’s been a hard year. It’s been a weird year. It has not been one that anyone could have dreamed of, imagined, … Continue reading Seeing Emmanuel- Our God who has come into the world and is with us!

Preaching on Stewardship- March 15, 2020- The Third Sunday in Lent

This week’s stewardship nuggets based on the appointed readings from the Revised Common Lectionary and Narrative Lectionary for the Third Sunday in Lent are as follows: Sunday March 15, 2020: Revised Common Lectionary- The Third Sunday in Lent (Year A) First Lesson: Exodus 17:1-7 Psalm 95 Second Lesson: Romans 5:1-11 Gospel of John 4:5-42 Normally, I present a look at all of the lectionary texts … Continue reading Preaching on Stewardship- March 15, 2020- The Third Sunday in Lent

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 and friends. All of this has me breathing a deep … Continue reading Dear Child of God- a new father’s reflection on their child’s baptism

Easter Once More- Joy, Prayer and Risk

Hello readers! It has been awhile. There were no posts on the blog during April as I was on parental leave, but now that I have returned from leave, posts will again appear here. This first post actually shares a bit about our new daughter Caroline, and is the manuscript I preached from today (May 13, 2018) for the Seventh Sunday of Easter at Salem … Continue reading Easter Once More- Joy, Prayer and Risk

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

‘Turn, then, and live’ – an invitation to abundant life & our response to God’s Work & Word

I had the great privilege of being home at Salem Lutheran in Fontanelle, Nebraska today (October 1, 2017), and was invited to preach on stewardship by my wife, and the congregation’s pastor Allison. What follows is the majority of the manuscript I preached from, which was based on the revised common lectionary readings for the day (Lectionary 26, Pentecost 17A): Matthew 21:23-32, Philippians 2:1-13, and … Continue reading ‘Turn, then, and live’ – an invitation to abundant life & our response to God’s Work & Word

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, based on Matthew 16:21-28 and Romans 12:9-21.  Grace and peace … Continue reading To Take Up the Cross and Follow

“Who do you say that I am?”- and the stewardship of relationships

This morning I had the great joy to be with the good people of Salem Lutheran Church in Fremont, Nebraska. I am especially grateful for the warm welcome and invitation from Pastor Chip Borgstadt. The sermon for today was based on the appointed lectionary readings from Matthew 16:13-20, and Romans 12:1-8, and what follows is the majority of the manuscript that I preached from.  Grace … Continue reading “Who do you say that I am?”- and the stewardship of relationships

Beyond Grateful

The month of May marks one year of serving in my current call. As I think about this, there are two words that surmise how I am feeling a year in. Beyond grateful. Serving as the Nebraska Synod Director for Stewardship is a blessing. Each day is new and exciting. Each day brings new experiences, new learning, new conversations, new ideas, and new stories. Serving … Continue reading Beyond Grateful

Can you Believe what you just Saw?

On Sunday March 26, 2017, I had the privilege of being invited to preach and lead worship at Salem Lutheran Church in Superior, Nebraska. This congregation is part of the Heartland Shared Ministries, and in the afternoon I led a stewardship seminar for the combined partner congregations and the surrounding cluster. It was a joy to be with the congregation, and I look forward to … Continue reading Can you Believe what you just Saw?