An Experiment in Church Youth Leadership

A few weeks ago, the children and youth of Faith Lutheran Church put on their annual Christmas program telling the Lukan Christmas story. As part of that day, the youth took over every worship leadership role (except mine). They don't often get to do this, even though I have strongly encouraged them to sign up … Continue reading An Experiment in Church Youth Leadership


Sermon–March 9, 2014–Lent 1A

First Sunday in Lent A Preached at Faith Lutheran Church, Three Lakes, WI. Genesis 2:15-3:21 Psalm 32 Romans 5:12-19 Matthew 4:1-11 Why do we need Lent? When I was in high school, a boy and a girl in my circle of friends started dating. This happened all the time, but thought the pairing a bit … Continue reading Sermon–March 9, 2014–Lent 1A

Sermon–March 5, 2014–Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Preached at Faith Lutheran Church, Three Lakes, WI. Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 Psalm 51:1-17 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 This afternoon, I had a visit from Pastor Gary Gilbert from the Union Congregational United Church of Christ. He had been asked to deliver some materials to me, and after introducing myself, I invited … Continue reading Sermon–March 5, 2014–Ash Wednesday

Sermon–March2, 2014–Transfiguration A

Transfiguration of Our Lord A Preached at Faith Lutheran Church, Three Lakes, WI. Exodus 24:12-18 Psalm 2 2 Peter 1:16-21 Matthew 17:1-9 In January of 2013, I and a group from Trinity Lutheran Seminary traveled to Israel and Palestine to spend a couple weeks touring the countries, seeing as many tourist and holy sites as … Continue reading Sermon–March2, 2014–Transfiguration A

Sermon–February 23, 2014–Epiphany 7A

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany A Preached at Faith Lutheran Church, Three Lakes, WI. Leviticus 19:1-8 Psalm 119:33-46 1 Corinthians 3:10-23 Matthew 5:38-48 Last summer, I worked for six weeks as a counselor for Trinity Lutheran Seminary's Summer Seminary Sampler, a program that invites high school youth from across the country to live on campus, engage … Continue reading Sermon–February 23, 2014–Epiphany 7A