Author: laceduplutheran

What kind of God do we really believe in?

I believe it was Will Willimon who said something like this during the most recent Festival of Homiletics earlier this year – “Do we really believe in a God that actually interacts and is active in the world, or an inept God that stays out of the way and...
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Prayer for October 6, 2020

Prayer for October 6, 2020: Please pray with me. God who makes a path, you set us on the path you make – why do we wander from it? Why are we attracted to alternative paths that lead to no where? What is it about these alternatives that are...
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We're headed to a vineyard

(I preached this sermon yesterday, October 4, 2020. It is based on Isaiah 5:1-7 and Matthew 21:33-46) Pick any story where there are bad guys and good guys.  Think of movies you’ve seen.  I want you to think about the bad guys and their methods.  There’s emperor Palpatine or Darth Sidious in...
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Prayer for September 25, 2020

Prayer for September 25, 2020: Please pray with me. God of justice, we pray that your justice may flourish. The world is your creation. We are the created, yet I wonder how often we forget that. Humanity creates unjust systems that harm and kill so many – kill black...
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How to be a successful church (according to the world)

I’ll never understand why the two main metrics churches use to measure their success is attendance in worship and how much money comes in. Maybe part of my not understanding why these are the primary metrics is because of a difference in seeing what the purpose of a church...
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Prayer for September 24, 2020

Prayer for September 24, 2020: Please pray with me. Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, for you made all things and sustain all things. Nothing can compare to you. No one can match you. The first sin was believing that we could be you, even...
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Stubbornness

Stubbornness is defined as “dogged determination not to change one’s attitude or position on something.” Other words associated with stubbornness are: obstinate, unreasonable, unmoving, difficult, hard, stiff, fixed, and set. When I hear these terms I think of boulders – unmoving and unmovable – not alive. Things that are...
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