Sermon on the Holy Spirit!!!!
I had the privilege of preaching at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Middletown, PA. They are doing a series on the Creed and today’s topic was the Holy Spirit. I went a bit different with the sermon and had a conversation. You can watch the video by clicking on...Read More
Why haven’t some people come back to church?
Lately I’ve been pondering the question of why some people haven’t come back to church. I italicized come back in that last sentence because I think that’s the focal point that needs attention in a variety of ways. If people aren’t coming back, we should be asking the question...Read More
Actions speak louder than words
I was made aware for a bill in Texas introduced that would allow “everyday people to sue anybody who hosts or performs in drag where any child is in attendance. Critics say the measure will create a bounty-hunting culture that targets drag queens and transgender people.” (Source). According to...Read More
Our Actions reveal our Cruelty and our Charity
We have words and we have actions. Humans are pretty good at using words. We can master words for our own purposes. We can shape them. We can manipulate them. We can make them do all sorts of things. We can make them appear to be one thing, while...Read More
Life, Death, and Resurrection
These three words make up a central tenet of our faith. But do we really grasp what it is we are saying when we say we believe these things? The easiest one may be life because we are living. We think we know what life is. We are most...Read More
The ideal time for worship is…
Anytime. Or no time. Or I haven’t got the slightest idea. Here’s what I do know. That maybe Sunday morning is ideal, and maybe it’s not. Maybe 8am is great for your congregation and maybe it’s terrible. The same could be said for 11am. Or 9:30am or any other...Read More
Plan B – Sermon for Second Week of Lent, March 5, 2023
(Sermon in response to Genesis 12:1-4 – 1The LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so...Read More
Can you feel it?
The question can run both ways. Down into the depths and up to the highest heights. Hang in there with me for this because we’re going on a journey. Can you feel it? Can you sense it? Can you not hear it? Can you not feel the pain around...Read More
The point of the church
I have no interest in maintaining a church that wishes to avoid the pains of living, the messiness of discipleship, and the discomforts of serving. What’s the point of such a church anyway? It doesn’t seem to be a church. Why does a church exist at all? It is...Read More
Will Artificial Intelligence replace church?
There’s actual a whole range of questions here. Will Artificial Intelligence (AI) replace pastors? How about the church institution? How about preaching? How about aspects of church? Hymn and song writing? Theological writing? Evangelism? Worship or parts of worship? Will AI replace the sense of community? How about the...Read More