Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com We tend to equate hospitality with parties and social gatherings or gracious resorts and expensive restaurants. To us hospitality is an industry, not a practice, one that summons Martha Stewart to mind more quickly than Jesus Christ. But to ancient Christians hospitality was a virtue, part of the love of … Continue reading People’s History: Hospitality
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com A few weeks ago I was driving to work when I found myself with a car in my blind spot who sped up to not allow me to merge in to the next lane. This just about caused an accident, and had me almost go off the road. When I … Continue reading Merge lane
Hello everyone, this is the last of my sermon series from January at Augsburg. I hope you have enjoyed them, or at least were not bored by them. Starting next week there will be regular, and hopefully original thinking. January 24, 2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-io6wJYKzU Good morning my Augsburg family. May the grace and peace of the … Continue reading Pass on what we have learned
January 17, 2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpd5oTA8TAA “Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’” (John 1:45) Last week, I talked a little bit about how during the time of Jesus, everyone was looking for the Messiah. I … Continue reading “Arguing for the sake of heaven”
Sermon from January 10, 2021: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeB18NVAQaE&feature=youtu.be “He proclaimed, ‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’ In those days Jesus came from … Continue reading Epiphany week.
This was the sermon/teaching that was originally delivered on January 3rd, 2021: Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com “Hear the word of the LORD, O nations and declare it in the coastlands far away; say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, as a shepherd a flock.” (Jeremiah 31:10) Hello, grace and peace to you my … Continue reading “There is no person, no place, that is absent from the presence of God.”
A few months ago I realized I wanted to learn more about the mystics of the Middle Ages (well, pre and post Middle Ages as well). I realized that the only parts of church history I am aware of, or writings of church fathers, are centralized around the men of the past. And for myself, … Continue reading “The Nature of God”
Friday my wife and I announced on our social media that we are adopting: "So many prayers. So many years. So many times we received a no when we wanted it to be yes. When we “found” her, we knew. It was time. Now that our home study is nearly complete and we are heading … Continue reading We are adopting!
A few years ago, I was disciplining under one of best men I’ve ever had the privileged of knowing, Don Schiewer. One of the practices he instilled in me was actually writing down things that I was blessing G-d for. Initially I had thought this was an absurd idea because I was young, arrogant, and … Continue reading Counting out Blessings