Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year B
2 Corinthians 12:2-10
On my last Sunday as pastor of Lutheran Church of the Savior, we reflected on the changes LCS has experienced since I arrived in 2009, and on the nature of strength. What is it that makes people strong? What is it that made Jesus strong?
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year B
This week we hosted Day Camp with Living Water Ministries, so our Gospel lesson came from the camp program rather than from the lectionary.
In today's sermon we get to hear from a set of kids who attended day camp this week. What did they enjoy? What did they learn? Is this what the reign of God looks like?
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year B
Special worship, special sermon: today Lutheran Church of the Savior joined with African Christian Fellowship, our morning and afternoon churches sharing one worship experience after a year of sharing a building. This sermon was translated to French in real time! And it's about Jesus.
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year B
The reign of God - or kingdom of God - grows out of the ruins of our efforts to build a world of human justice. Will we allow the reign of God to grow in us, transforming our lives to radical care for one another?
Third Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year B
In today's Gospel lesson, Jesus' own family sides with the religious authorities in believing Jesus to be out of his mind. What does it mean to be a family? What holds a family together? This question is particularly relevant to our congregation right now, between this weekend's celebration at Kalamazoo Pride and this week's news that I will be leaving Lutheran Church of the Savior this summer. It's a good thing for us that Jesus has something grace-filled to say about family.
Second Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year B
The religious authorities challenge Jesus for breaking the law on the Sabbath. What is the purpose of Sabbath? Who is it for?
Pentecost Sunday, Lectionary Year B
We trust in the Holy Spirit, just as the church did in its creation at Pentecost. What has the Holy Spirit done with Lutheran Church of the Savior in the past year? Where will it lead us next?
Seventh Sunday of Easter, Lectionary Year B
Sometimes the spiraling and repetitive writing style of John's Gospel leaves me cross-eyed with confusion. This week I tried a different tactic to make sense of John's words. I think it helped.
Sixth Sunday of Easter, Lectionary Year B
Today's Acts lesson tells how the Holy Spirit descended upon the gentiles of Cornelius' household during Peter's great sermon. God has shown Peter a new thing, and even gentiles receive God's Spirit and thus are full members of Christ's church.
Fifth Sunday of Easter, Lectionary Year B
1 John 4:7-21
This passage in the first letter of John summarizes the teaching of John's Gospel in such powerful phrases as "Love one another" and "God is love." What does this love look like? Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch show us on the road.