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Pentecost 9 Preview

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32 Jesus reassures us of God’s care for his people in the first part of this Sunday’s reading from Luke. Just like Abram in this Sunday’s reading from Genesis, we must place our trust in God…

Confirmation Revisited

This Sunday is the day of your confirmation.  On your own two legs, in your own voice, independently and publicly and according to your own sole faith, you will declare that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.  I won’t say it for you this time, nor with you, nor to you.  You, child, will confess…

Faith as a Broken Box

The picture heading this devotion is not awaiting our trash pick-up this morning as you read this devotion.  No, it is actually an important protective spirit in my household.  It is the box which has housed the Christmas wreath that has hung above the front door to our home since we moved into it in…

Mary Magdalene, Apostle

New Day Sermon Mary Magdalene We can easily miss Mary Magdalene in our biblical narrative, since she is primarily a presence in the crucifixion and resurrection stories.  But oh, what a strong, witnessing presence she is when she shows up.

Pentecost 7 Preview

“He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two…” Mark 6:7 Jesus does great deeds of power and gives his disciples authority over demons. Yet none of this power is unilateral; it all must be received by faith. Jesus asks his disciples to go out without money or supplies, so that…

Holy Trinity Math: 1+1+1=1

New Day Sermon Holy Trinity Sunday Understanding the Holy Trinity is difficult. There is nothing in mathematics or the sciences that can even come close to giving some type of reasoning to explain the Holy Trinity because it cannot be done. In fact, it’s actually okay to be confused and not understand. Even Martin Luther…

Fire in the House

“Divided tongue, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.”  To be honest, I’ve never quite gotten it … the whole “tongues of fire” thing.  I’ve probably laid hands upon the heads of 600-700 teens over the years of my ministry, and never once did a “tongue of fire”…