Holy Week Reflections

Holy Week is my favorite week of the church year. It’s a week that engages us in deep ways – if we respond to the invitation. It’s also a week that is easy for many people to just skip over and treat like any other week. That’s their loss...
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Prayer for March 29, 2021

Prayer for March 29, 2021: Please pray with me. Holy God, we walk with you this Holy Week. We journey with you during this time. We watch. We wait. We observe. Free us from the delusion that we are any different from the crowds who shouted Hosanna and then...
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Barabbas or Jesus? Who would we choose?

(Here is the sermon I preached on Palm Sunday. You can watch the full worship service and hear the sermon at www.ststephenlc.com) Holy Week is my favorite time of the Church year.  In this one week, we encounter the culmination and summary of what Jesus is all about – The...
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Prayer for March 25, 2021

Prayer for March 25, 2021: Please pray with me. God of healing, we ask for your healing touch. Heal our hearts of fear and anger. Heal our eyes so that we can clearly see the image of God in all other around us and across the globe. Heal our...
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How do we heal from partisan divide?

(I preached the following sermon yesterday during our mid-week Lenten worship. It was in response to Ezekiel 47:6-12, Revelation 22:1-5, and Psalm 103:19-22.) I have a long, long history in politics.  You name it, I’ve done it before discerning a call into ministry.  My first job out of college was working...
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Jesus was not an originalist

The title of this blog might raise some questions – like, what am I talking about. In the last week or so, I read an article which made this argument: Jesus was not a strict originalist when it came to the law. He is quoted many times as saying,...
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Stroll through Scripture for March 28, 2021 – Palm Sunday

I’m having some difficulty with Facebook and my video downloader, so if you would like to watch this week’s Stroll through Scripture, please click the link below. And if you have a recommendation of software that works for downloading videos from Facebook, please share that with me too. Thanks....
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Prayer for March 22, 2021

Prayer for March 22, 2021: Please pray with me. God who calls us to days that are surely coming, oh how good that is. You tell us over and over again through Scripture that the days are surely coming when you will do something. Yet, why do we doubt...
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The days are surely coming…We can’t go back.

(I preached this sermon in response to Jeremiah 31:31-34 and John 12:20-33. You can find the video of the sermon and worship service here.) Take in the events of the last 12 months.  We live in a time of great and rapid change as well as upheaval.  We wear masks most...
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