Sermons


Prepare for Disruption

Our family enjoys the Knuffle Bunny stories by Mo Willems. The first book begins this way: “Not so long ago, before she could even speak words, Trixie went on an errand with her daddy.” As Trixie and her Dad leave their apartment, Dad balances a full laundry basket with one arm while steering Trixie with… Read More

Awake to Hope

On the day of the solar eclipse, I rushed over to the parking lot of Hope Lutheran so that I could borrow a pair of eclipse glasses from my friend Nick. On the way there, I noticed that the neighborhood felt different. The day was unusually quiet. The summer sky was shrouded in semi-darkness. People,… Read More

My Way, Your Way

Moral dilemmas. How many of you have seen the movie, “A Bronx Tale?” This is a movie from 1993 starring Robert de Niro and another great actor, Chazz Palminteri, who wrote and directed the film. The movie is set in the 1960’s and tells the story through the eyes of a 9-year-old boy named Cologero,… Read More

Desert Wisdom

Last Spring, at the beginning of my sabbatical, I spent a couple of weeks in the desert. I drove north out of the village of Abiquiu, NM, past Ghost Ranch, and toward the dirt land that leads to the Monastery of Christ in the Desert where I would spend a week in solitude and silence…. Read More

A Way out of No Way

It’s probably not news to many of you that I have a terrible sense of direction. When I guided canoe trips in the Boundary Waters, finding my way was a major challenge. With the canoe bobbing in the waves, I would scan the landscape and study the map. Given the rambling shorelines and numerous islands,… Read More

A Spiritual House

When I work with couples preparing for marriage, one of the things we always talk about is… money. In the curriculum I use, there is an exercise called “The Meaning of Money.” Each partner responds to a list of statements on a spectrum from strongly agree to strongly disagree. “I look up to people who… Read More

Angel of Death

There is a story about a Chinese woman whose only son has died. She goes to see the Holy Man in her village and she begs him, “What can I do to bring my son back? What prayers can I pray, what sacrifices can I make?” The Holy Man sends her to get a mustard… Read More

Heartbroken

This week, I’ve been aware of trauma inhabiting my body and spirit. The events in Las Vegas have left me feeling heartbroken. My thoughts have been fragmented and unfocused. I’ve felt disoriented, overwhelmed and numb. I’m struggling to make sense of what is so senseless. The truth is, this world we live in breaks our… Read More

Holy Ordinary

I wonder what part of this story you like the best, or what part is most important? I wonder what part is about you, or about us? Thank you for adding your voices to the voice of this ancient text. It is only when we live with our sacred stories that they come alive for… Read More

Wade in the Water

I wonder what part of this story you like the best. I wonder what part is most important. I wonder what part is about you, or about us. Here’s what is rising up from this ancient story for me today. Everyday acts of courage and creativity can change the world. God, our holy trouble-maker, troubles… Read More