AuthorAvery Carr

Vicar, 2016-2017

R. Avery Carr was called to serve as pastor of First & Trinity Lutheran Churches in Iron River, MI.

Science & Faith Friday

An archaeopteryx State Of Mind When I was working on my bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology, I wound up taking classes in ornithology (the study of birds). I had never really had a lot of interest in birds as a kid, and to be perfectly honest, I only chose birds in that moment because of…

What If the Messenger Named You?

Advent 4 Traditional Worship So what it’s in a name really. Shakespeare wrote, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” In that very brief prayer that I begin every sermon with we call out the names Lord, Our Rock, and Our Redeemer. Three different…

Science & Faith Friday

SchrĂ–dinger’s advent Welcome to the 1st episode of Science & Faith Friday!!! The 1st Friday of every month we will walk together down a path addressing a topic with one foot in science and the other foot in faith.  Albert Einstein once said, “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”  This is the beginning of Advent…

Advent 1

New Day Sermon For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6 The Message translates the title “Prince of Peace” as “Prince of Wholeness.”  What does it mean that our Savior who…

Is Christ Our King?

    Traditional Sermon,     Christ The King Sunday In 1928, Elie Wiesel was born in Transylvania. Fifteen years later he and his family would be deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz where his mother and younger sister would perish. He would later study in Paris and become a journalist where he was encouraged…

Things Are Not Always What They Appear

Traditional Sermon, Pentecost 23 So things are not always what they appear.  Sometimes due to our own preconceptions and prejudices we can completely misread the world around us. For example, at one point in history, because of humanities narrow perspective from our limited knowledge, we believed that the world was flat and that if you traveled…

Who is the Real You?

New Day Sermon Pentecost 19 We all have our stories and the truth of our lives lie more in what cannot be seen than what can.  The important part of our stories are not the troubled relationships but rather the reconciliation, the forgiveness, or the lack thereof…

Is The Bar Set Too High?

Traditional Sermon, Pentecost 16 So typically, I am not a huge fan of reality TV programs. Some of them feel to me as though they are constantly just trying to stir up drama and conflict between people and I guess I just feel as though there is enough drama and conflict in the world without…

Pentecost 16 Preview

Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. – Luke 14:25-27 The translators of today’s Gospel (Luke 14:25-33) chose the word “hate” but our…