God’s dream/calling for us

What happens when the plans for your life don’t work out as expected? Our readings today offer examples of people in the Bible whose lives ended differently than they thought. What is Mt Zion’s calling (fancy word for God’s dream for us)? Children’s Sermon What do you want to be/do when you grow up? Why? […]

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Washed clean

What does it mean to repent? What does it mean to forgive? In baptism we’re washed clean and today’s Gospel tells the story of when Jesus was baptized. Children’s Sermon Setup Chair with sign that says “DO NOT TOUCH” and a tray of colored chalk powder A bucket with warm water and a towel to […]

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Tree planted by water

The image in Jeremiah, of a tree planted by water sending its roots down to the stream, is an image that is also used in Psalms. The sermon Jesus is giving in the gospel of Luke sounds a lot like the Sermon on the Mount that Jesus gives in Matthew. Our texts today have images […]

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When God calls a prophet

What would your excuse be? Prophets always have excuses for why they are not up to the task. Do you remember what Moses said? (I have never been eloquent.) What does Jeremiah say? He’s too young! He hasn’t gotten his PhD in prophecy yet? What would your excuse be? The role of prophet was a […]

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The end times or a new beginning?

Are you saved? Do you believe in the rapture? These are questions that are incredibly common in some part of the Christian experience. Known as decision theology, this way of thinking about faith involved us making a choice and sometimes saying the correct words of allegiance to the gospel message in order to insure our […]

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Loving one another

At 4:38 am the wail of my emergency phone wakes me from sleep. Ugh. Oh. It’s not going to be a “good” morning today. A dispatcher from the Milwaukee Police Department is on the line. “Good morning, pastor. We are in need of some chaplains to respond to a fire.” Groggily trying to wake myself […]

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Zeal for the Father’s house

Zeal for the Father’s House? What was Jesus doing with a whip in his hand?  And, why was he tipping over tables, and stampeding the cattle and the goats? Look at them run! Why was he freeing the doves? Look at them fly! And, why was he overturning the cash drawers, spilling money all over […]

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Jesus, of all people. In hell, of all places.

In the second reading from 1 Peter 3:19-20 it says that after the crucifixion Jesus went and preached to “the spirits in prison, who in former times did obey.”  “He descended into hell” is how the Apostles’ Creed puts it. We can picture Jesus “on earth”, preaching, teaching, and healing.  We can picture Jesuit “in […]

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Transfiguration, the first and only time a transfiguration happened, took place on a “mountain apart.” It was a day of “dazzling white clothing.” It was day when Elijah and Moses appeared. How? I do not know! It was a day for the building of three dwelling places. It was a day of a cloud. It […]

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