A sermon on Luke 4:14-21 [For an audio recording of this sermon, click here] There was a common theme running through most of the commentaries I read this week. In different ways each of these sources described today’s gospel reading as giving us a summary of Jesus’s “mission statement” According to Lutheran pastor David Lose, “Luke reports Jesus first sermon as a kind of mission statement, an identity statement. You want to know what Jesus is all about? Luke almost asks. The
Wine, Miracles, Ordinary Problems, and Hope
A sermon on John 2:1-11 and Isaiah 62:1-5 [For an audio version of this sermon, click here] There are both relatable and unrelatable aspects to today’s gospel story, aren’t there? There’s a wedding, a wedding that was perhaps a little more expensive than the family could afford. – That part’s familiar enough. Then there’s the problem, which comes to a head when the party runs out of wine. -That could happen to anyone, especially at a party that traditionally goes on for days.
Come join me in the river
A sermon on Luke 3:15-17, 21-22, and Isaiah 43.1-7 [An audio recording of this sermon can be accessed here] Whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith, know that you are most welcome here, to receive God’s goodness, mercy, and love. Amen. I’m not going to preach a sermon today. At least… I’m not going to spend the next ten or twelve minutes explaining our scripture readings to you. I’m not going to unpack the historical context or explore the theo