“Sir, we wish to see Jesus!” Sermon for Lent 5 2018, John 12:20-33

After 11 chapters of building anticipation, Jesus’ hour finally arrived. It happened when Gentiles came to Phillip and said, “Sir we wish to see Jesus.” (John 12:20-23) They were speaking for the whole world whether the world knows it or not. The world wants to see Jesus because seeing Jesus means knowing, in the most profound sense, what he has done: offered himself for the life of the world, offered himself for you. 


Do You Want to Become Jesus’ Follower? Lent 2 sermon 2018, Mark 8:31-38

Satan has no time for losers. It is God’s nature to embrace even losers. We are more like Satan. That’s why Peter speaks for all of us when he tries to set Jesus straight. Jesus embraces losers and becomes a loser. If you want to become a follower of Jesus, if you want Christ to be formed in you, it entails a willingness to embrace losers and become a loser. 

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Suffering is participation in God’s Life. Lent 1 sermon, 2018, 1 Peter 3:18

Christ’s vicarious, innocent suffering for us offered to God is how Christ brings us to God, as 1 Peter 3:18 says. This happens concretely. Christ not only suffers with us & for us, but he also mixes our suffering together with his. This is our participation in the Life of God. This is our Baptism in action in daily life. Christ sanctifies your mundane suffering because Christ himself is being formed in you.   

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God’s 2 words (do not try to alleviate the threat!)  Ash Wednesday Sermon 2018, Joel 2;1-17

The prophet Joel exemplifies how God always uses 2 words preached together to break us out of ourselves and to bring us to God’s mercy: A word of dreadful threat and a word of beautiful promise. They go together, so do not try to alleviate the threat! Let the threat stand just as God intends it!

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If the Gospel is truly such good, compelling news, why do some NOT find the Gospel compelling? Sermon for Transfiguration 2018, 2 Corinthians 4;3-6

If the Gospel is truly such good, compelling news, — why do some-, in fact, most — NOT find the Gospel compelling?

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Is God incompetent or uncaring? Sermon for Epiphany 5, Isaiah 40:21-31

Isaiah speaks with biting incredulity to God’s people when they question God’s competence or God’s concern for them and for justice.  Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning?” Isaiah 40:21 Isaiah directs their attention to the only thing the Bible is concerned about: their theology, which is to say, God’s Word. God’s Word is the only comfort for God’s people. We should not seek our comfort in sociology, politics, economics, philosophy or morality. These things are more or less in human control, but there is no help there. Only in God’s Word, which we have in Jesus Christ. 

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Cool Farm News




I put all the hens to work. Yesterday I put the big red hens in the tractor and in 2 hours they had laid 2 eggs! I guess they were happy. 














The seeds are bursting!




What’s up? collard greens, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, bok choy, & kale.

What’s NOT up? Onions, peppers, mustard, & kohlrabi.




Here’s a wonderful surprise: mustard is growing voluntarily just outside the church door.

In this picture it is the larger clubs of green, (which I marked in red). While the leaves are babies they are mild, but as they get larger they become spicier. Pick some baby leaves for your GraceFeast salad or to take home. If you do pick some, pick the largest leaves from each plant. It will help it generate more leaves. You can even pick most of the leaves from each plant, but don’t pick them all or it might die.

Action on the farm!

There has been some action on the farm. The seeds planted indoors have sprouted: lettuce, kale and bok choy, so far.

Today I planted three rows of garlic outside in the front of the church. The cloves I planted are from garlic Micah grew last year.






I also put our newest hens to work in the chicken tractor. These two new hens are not very hard workers, but they are beautiful. Mmm. Privilege! Maybe the new setting will encourage them to mend their ways.


God has no other grace for you than following Jesus. Sermon for Epiphany 3, Mark 1:14-20

Since the good news Jesus proclaimed is God’s good news it’s not like any other good news. It is not for consideration. It is to be acted on immediately. Not that we do! But that’s the kind of news it is intended to be. It demands an immediate response, like when Peter and Andrew immediately leave their nets in midair and follow Jesus. The call of Jesus to take up your cross and follow him is God’s grace for you. God has no other plan to include you in grace than this.

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God Loves Your Body, Sermon for Epiphany 2, 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

God loves your body, the same body that poops, farts, gets sick, has headaches, orgasms, gets old, wears out and dies. Your body is not merely the biological fact of you. It is the concrete means by which you relate to God & others. In Christ your body is free from anything that could bind you. Your freedom in Christ is so complete that there is no norm or criterion, [no] ethic or rule of law, [that] is applicable to your behavior; you are free, and everything is allowed.” [Harrisville, R. A. (1987). I Corinthians] As Paul says in Galatians 5:1, “For freedom Christ has set us free, stand firm therefore and do not submit again to the yoke of bondage…” Paul forbids fornication not because it is sexual gratification, but because it is a form of slavery. I am an obedient slave to my desires, obeying them without regard to whether it is beneficial or if it dominates me.

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