The Third Death

On Ash Wednesday the faithful received a sign of death placed upon their foreheads. We say the words at a funeral, “ashes to ashes and dust to dust” If a loved one is cremated many have their ashes in a special container or in a vault. Many as well will scatter those ashes to the…

1,010

One thousand and ten. That is a number I’ve been looking at for a few weeks now. It’s the number that’s posted on the traffic alert sign on 76 coming and going to the office. While I’m driving this number blinks at me, one thousand and ten, men, women and children killed on Ohio roadways…

It’s bigger than that…

The second reading for this coming Sunday comes from Romans chapter 6 verse 11, “so you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” When Pastor Paul says this he is addressing a question asked of him, basically saying “does it matter how I live?” We already know the…

Parable of the Ten Virgins, Explained…. mostly

The Great Wisdom literature of the Bible talks about the way of wisdom and discernment and the way of foolishness as being like two separate paths that a person can follow or like two different people whose ways of living are proved as wise or foolish when a trial or crisis occurs. To live a…

Rachel Weeping on Christmas

“A voice was heard in Ramah,     weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children;     she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.” Matthew 2:18 This is one of the Christmas stories that is rarely told. This was the fulfillment of the prophecies from the prophet Jeremiah, somewhere between 600 years before the Christ…

The Key

This weeks meditation is from Matthew 16:13-20. I remember my first year of marriage with Shi, that year when you begin to really realize what it’s like living with a different person. I left the toilet seat up and she put it down. I left the cap off of the tube of toothpaste, which drove…

“Blessed Blessing” Meditation

“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and…

“Three Tempting Myths” Meditation

Whenever you start a conversation off about temptations and how Christians work through them it almost seems obligatory to tell that really worn joke about a fishing hook, a tasty worm and a fish and when the fish takes a bite out of the tasty worm it is hooked and pulled wherever the fisherman wants…

“Cliche Church?” Mediation

Sitting in the hospital waiting room, waiting for your wife’s surgery to finish is not the time that you want to hear anything pat or clichéd. Things like: “Don’t worry, she’ll be fine,” or even Christianish things like “God will never give you more than you can handle,” or even “don’t worry, God is in…

“Why I go to church”- Meditation

This is based on a newsletter article to my congregation at Gethsemane: When I became a “professional church worker” I realized that people just take it for granted that I go to church.  I mean after all the guy gets paid to show up on Sundays doesn’t he? Yes, I do, but that’s not why…

“Life and Death” Meditation on Spiritual Struggle

This is my sermon titled Life and Death based on Luke 20:27-40 that I preached at Gethsemane Lutheran in 2013.  There came to him some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife…