Sermons

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Sermon on Mark 13:1-13 — “Are the promises of God still true?”

This week’s sermon was knitted up with the hymn of the day, so that text is included also. ———————————————————–Canticle of the Turning verses 1 and 2Text: Rory Cooney, b. 1952, based on the MagnificatTune: Star of County Down1.  My soul cries out with a joyful shout that the God of […]

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A family eulogy, for my Uncle Maynard

(I had the privilege and honor to offer the family eulogy for Father Maynard Kegler, Catholic priest and my uncle, at his funeral this morning.) Remembrances have flooded in about Father Maynard’s life.  One thing that has been mentioned over and over again was his loud, merry, infectious laugh.  He […]

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“Really?”: a sermon on Mark 10:32-45

Mark 10:32-45 Jesus and the disciples were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, “See, we […]

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the Packers, the True Vine, and Baptism: a sermon on John 15:1-12

John 15:1-12 Jesus said, ”I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been pruned by the word that I have spoken […]

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Sermon for August 11 and 12, 2012 (my last sermon at LCCR)

Texts for the day here. Kristi and I came through the doors of LCCR for the first time in March of 2008. After my graduation in 2007, we’d spent several months looking for a new church home for us. We were both newly confirmed Lutherans, and in the best Saint […]

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Sermon for Christmas 1 (New Year’s Eve / Day): “Lucky Ducks”

(Texts for the day here.) “Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not […]

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A new canon for our hearts.

In my sermon last week for Biblical Preaching, I tried to say (I’m not sure if it was clear, but I tried) that the words we use in Scripture and in singing write a particular kind of canon on our hearts.  So we should take our words — and particularly […]

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a retelling of the story of the woman called a dog

(an assignment for my preaching class) Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he […]

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Sermon for May 15 2011 (Good Shepherd Sunday / Youth Sunday)

Texts here. In reading over the texts and working with our youth as they prepared today’s service, I couldn’t stop thinking about the December Christmas pageant. I guess it’s because today is Good Shepherd Sunday – I don’t have a lot of sheep in my life, but at the Christmas […]

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Sermon for the Slaughter of the Innocents, December 26 2010

Texts here. Well, good morning! Merry Christmas! I hope you had a nice, relaxing day – one full of joy and celebration – time with family and friends and loved ones – a day of abundance, of loving-kindness. I hope you had that – because today’s reading yanks us out […]