TagHoly Spirit

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”…

Day of Pentecost Preview

Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.  (Acts 3:3-4) On the fiftieth day of Easter we celebrate the Spirit, through whom and in whom the…

Water People

EMAIL DEVOTION week of LENT 3 Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. (John 3:5) So if you are not sure what those little buggers are in the cover picture … well … they are earthworms. More properly, they “were”…

Follow Me!

Traditional sermon Epiphany 3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord, Jesus Christ (1 Colossians 1:3). Have any of you ever thought about just dropping everything and starting life anew? I’m not talking about being given the chance to go back in time to start all over and…

Make It Small

Pentecost 2 Taditional Sermon May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts create worthy ripples throughout the waters of our Baptism… In the name of Jesus we pray… Amen First of all, I want to wish all the fathers in the room a Happy Father’s Day. Even though this is not…

Holy Spirit, Holy Unpredictable

Traditional Sermon Pentecost Sunday A woman told me a story about something that happened to her several years before. She was a faithful woman. A lifelong Lutheran. She went to church every single week. Her piety was a quiet one. Not loud, not proud, just pious. One day she went to church and in the…

The Day of Pentecost Sunday Preview

On the fiftieth day of Easter we celebrate the Holy Spirit as the power of God among us that heals, forgives, inspires, and unites. When the day of Pentecost had come, [the apostles] were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and…

Where Does Your Faith Grow?

The Rite of Confirmation has been around a long time.  Over the years it has been characterized by white and red robes … the examination of confirmands in front of the congregation … lofty talk about becoming “members” of the congregation (even though we have always become members of the church through baptism) … gifts…