John, the baptizer, calls us to repent

Repent Maybe it’s just me, but when I hear somebody shouting “repent,” what I really hear is, “Stop being bad, and start being good — turn or burn.” We’ve heard it all before. It’s the same old, same old. We screw up, make a mess of things — we’re punished. We say we’re sorry, and, […]

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The stories we tell

We love to tell the stories… In short there’s simply not A more congenial spot For happ’ly ever-aftering Than here in Camelot. Camelot The story is based on the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Two themes are woven through it: Arthur’s dream of a peaceful world where “might serves […]

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It’s all a matter of perspective!

A man is talking to God “God, how long is a million years to you?” God answers, “To me, it’s about a minute.” “God, how much is a million dollars to you?” asked the man “To me, it’s about a penny.” God replied. “God, may I have a penny?” said the man “Just wait one […]

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Homecoming of all the saints

In just a very few years after Jesus was crucified, Christianity spread all over Europe, and to parts of Asia. These new believers were recognized as a potentially-powerful political force. This made the Emperor nervous. He ordered a “Pledge of Allegiance” from everybody. They were required to worship the emperor above all else. Not to […]

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The 95 Theses: Luther nailed it!

No one could have known that nailing those points of debate, basically 95 things the Catholic church was doing wrong, would open up a can of Worms! It would be the straw that broke the camel’s back, radically challenging and reforming basic doctrines of the church. Let’s face it, on October 31, 1517, Luther nailed […]

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A visit from Martin and Katie Luther

Pastor: Welcome to Mt Zion Lutheran Church. Today we have a visit from Martin and Katie Luther, from Germany in the 1500s, and here to tell us about their experiences 500 years ago. Martin and Katie enter, ad lib being entranced by the electric lights clothing styles and other modern items in the church. Katie: Why, […]

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Getting what’s fair

The pay was fine, until the all-day workers found out that everyone else was paid the same, when they didn’t work as long. Jesus is offending the scorekeeper in us all. We want to get what’s fair. With whom do you identify in this parable? I’m going to go out on a limb, and bet […]

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Redefine discipleship

I want to start by asking everyone a question: How many of you are completely comfortable with calling yourselves a disciple, like the ones Jesus sent out in our Gospel lesson — tenderly caring for bruised and hurt lives, going to the lost and confused, living generously. Raise your hands! The truth is, most of […]

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The cost of our discipleship

As you know, Deb and I, and her sister and her husband, just fulfilled a lifetime dream and went to England and Scotland. It was amazing, a blast, we will never forget it. While we were in London we visited Churchill’s War Room. It is where Churchill and has military staff hid out during the […]

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The good, the bad and the ugly

Do we have this impression that God is only interested in loving and saving an already cleaned-up version of ourselves? As if we believe God can only love us when we are our very best selves and that, everything else needs to be swept under the carpet. Lucas Cranach As we continue to lift up […]

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