Preached on Mark 4:26-34, which you can read here and can listen to me read below. I was at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Chicago, IL. Topics include immigration, asylum, humanity, mustard, and the Kingdom of God.
Enjoy! There are moment of quiet in the audio where the congregation is talking to conversation partners. I've edited most of them out for this. However, if you're listening while driving, I left a minute or two in for you to do your own thinking on the question. If you want to discuss below:
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1. Where do you find comfort in your faith?
2. Who is on the hills of our world? Who might not be comforted when the hills are made low?
3. How do we bring comfort to others?
4. How does your baptism give you strength?
Isaiah 40:1-11 and Mark 1:1-8, Advent 2
It was 92 degrees at church on Sunday, in a sanctuary without any air conditioning or much ventilation. So, I decided to do the children's sermon and adult sermon mostly together. Our picture taker was not there, and I started recording a little late. However, you can imagine that there are three groups of children standing up in the font, and the kid in front of each group is holding a sign. This is where the recording picks up. Part One is the kids acting out Matthew 20:1-16 as modern day strawberry pickers hanging out in front of a store hoping for work. Part Two is a commentary on it. Enjoy!
The cross is hard. Sometimes I don't want to take it up and follow Jesus. Sometimes I don't want to lose my life and gain it. Often, I don't even know what that means. Listen for stories of people who did just that throughout history. Sermon based on Matthew 16: 21-28. Comment below with your thoughts. Are you able to be a disciple of Jesus and take up a cross? What will be hard about that, and how can work through those hard parts? Let me know!
Matthew 18:21-28. Guest Preacher Rebecca comes to us from the time of Jesus.
Do you wonder what it all means? How is Jesus and what he says in the Bible relevant for us today? What does being a disciple of Jesus look like in the whitest denomination in the US? How does Jesus call us to respond when justice is not done? Listen here for some ideas, and leave a comment on your own thoughts. We have to start talking about it or we are part of the problem. Even if it is uncomfortable. If this sermon impacts you, please do one of the actions below and then leave a comment about what you did and what you learned.
Preached at Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church on 6-18-17 on Matthew 9: 35-10:23, includes the verdict from the #PhilandoCastile case. You can read about it here from closer to the murder by the wonderful Jess Davis. You can read about the verdict here. Compassion means seeing the pain of others.
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