“War of the Worlds vs. Jesus”

Today, God’s Word is directing us to think about God’s story of salvation and how we place ourselves in the great story of redemption that God has written for all of humanity. When I say the word story, I want to make sure we are all on the same page. In one sense when weContinue reading ““War of the Worlds vs. Jesus””

“Glimpse of Heaven” Meditation

Meditation for Transfiguration Sunday from Matthew 17:1-9 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appearedContinue reading ““Glimpse of Heaven” Meditation”

“Eye for an Eye” Meditation

Sitting in Panera on Friday, working on this sermon, a group of older men were joking around about one of their companions complaining about his back pain. They started calling out at him “survival of the fittest,” and “the weak will perish!” and hunched over his chair, he said, “your right, I’m a goner.” InContinue reading ““Eye for an Eye” Meditation”

“Honesty” Meditation

I’m sorry friends that this post was late coming. We just celebrated our week of birthdays with the kids and I’m still working from a sugar coma! Thank you Tammy for giving me some good motivation 🙂 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Let me share with you some things my kids have said after they got caught red-handed doingContinue reading ““Honesty” Meditation”

“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 wantsContinue reading ““Three Tempting Myths” Meditation”

“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 inContinue reading ““Cliche Church?” Mediation”

“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 whyContinue reading ““Why I go to church”- Meditation”

“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 wifeContinue reading ““Life and Death” Meditation on Spiritual Struggle”

“Praise the Lord!” Meditation on Christian Worship

Everybody loves to get a compliment! Everybody likes to get some praise once in a while. We all like to hear things like: “good job,” “ ataboy!” “proud of you,” “keep up the good work!” It’s good to be praised like this, it let’s us know that we are on the right track and allContinue reading ““Praise the Lord!” Meditation on Christian Worship”