A Father's Day Message

This Sunday's (June 17, 2018) lessons for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost were: Ezekiel 17:22-24; Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15; 2 Corinthians 5:6-17; and 4:26-34. This continues a sermon series on 2nd Corinthians, but wanders into current events.

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We also remember that three years ago today, nine people were murdered during a Bible study at Mother Emmanuel in Charleston. And we remember that things have not gotten any better. Lord, have mercy.

Please join me in prayer.It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night. Amen.

I want to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all fathers, to those who are father figures, and for those who wish to be fathers.

Grace, peace and mercy to you, from God, our Creator, and Jesus Ch…

Getting Into A Habit

Ananias is writing an article for our weekly announcments, and they will be posted here as well.

I don’t know if you all are aware of this, but there are a lot of airplanes that fly around the area by our apartment. I think there is an air force camp or something like that; I’m trying to get more details. A lot of the time, especially at night, when My Big Guy takes me out to do my daily duties, I hear, and sometimes see, these big grey planes flying really low. They make a lot of noise, and at first I thought they were going to crash, but I guess they must land in that area where My Big Guy goes for his Whataburgers. He likes them a lot! I like their fries. When we first moved here, I would hear those airplanes and worry. Now, I hardly notice them. I guess I’m a Big City Bulldogge now. You can get used to almost anything the longer you are exposed to it. I realized that My Big Guy and I had gotten out of a habit. Before we would go to bed, and before I would go do my duties, he would re…

Unforgiveable Sin

OK Sports Fans. This is going to take a minute, and feel free to end this ride at any time. 

This Sunday's (June 10, 2018) lessons for the Third Sunday after Pentecost were: Genesis 3:8-15; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; and Mark 3:20-35. The plan was to continue a sermon series on 2nd Corinthians, and the sermon text below kind of does that. 

But I woke up Sunday morning and re-read this, and thought, that's not what I need to preach. Which is a problem because I'm having this mental conversation at 7:00 am, the first service is at 8:30, and I haven't showered yet. So, I prayed that the Holy Spirit make the "words of my mouth and meditations of my heart pleasing to you," and I made Her responsible. 

People ask me why I like serving multiple churches. It is for Sundays like today. I took three swings in front of three different communities, trusting that God put the right words in my mouth in the right space-time coordinates. Here are my three efforts, Ascen…

Stopping Is Sharing

Ananias wrote a small article for the weekly announcements for the Covenant Churches.

Ananias’ Theological Thoughts
Some of you have met me, but for those who I haven’t met yet, my name is Ananias. My Big Guy is the pastor you are installing today. I help him out by getting him some exercise and spending quality time with me.
One of the biggest changes I have had since moving here to Oklahoma are these things called stoplights. We didn’t have them in the town we lived in when we were in Wisconsin. There weren’t that many cars.
At first, I thought My Big Guy was not that good of a driver. We would be going along, then we have to slow down and stop all of a sudden. I slid off of my co-pilot’s seat a couple of times.
My Big Guy explained to me that there is a whole system of these lights that help people to travel all across the city. It is supposed to limit congestion. Sometimes you get to keep going; sometimes you have to wait to let someone else go first. I guess it is a way for all of yo…

Not Our Treasure

Below is my manuscript for my June 3 sermons. Audio recordings of the message at Redeemer and St. Mark may be downloaded by clicking on the church name. I focused on the text from 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, but referenced the lessons from Deuteronomy 5:12-15, and Mark 2:23--3:6.

Let us pray. May the words of my mouth, and meditations of my heart be pleasing to you, my Lord, my Redeemer and my Rock. Amen. Grace, peace and mercy to you, from God, our Creator, and Jesus Christ, God’s Son and our Savior.AMEN.
The church in Corinth was Paul’s troubled child. While he was there, they were obedient and faithful and devout; and then listened to anyone and everyone else as soon as Paul left the city limits. A group of apostles had come to Corinth after Paul’s last visit, and told the church there to reject Paul and Paul’s teaching. These apostles were physically imposing and were gifted orators. They were impressive to see and to hear. They proclaimed that the gifts of God were available for everyone…

Accepted as Saved

Below is my sermon manuscript for my sermon from Trinity Sunday, May 27, 2018. An audio recording of the message from Redeemer is downloadable here. The lessons were: Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12-17 and John 3:1-17. I focused mainly on John 3, with a reference to Romans, and a teaching moment from Isaiah to begin.

Grace, peace and mercy to you, from God, our Creator, and Jesus Christ, God’s Son and our Savior.  AMEN.

I want to first take a moment to use our first reading to explain something I do when presiding over Holy Communion. In the reading from Isaiah, the prophet is taken into heaven, and is in the presence of God. The seraphs, which are angels, are there proclaiming, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts.” While doing so, they are covering their faces. The “Holy, Holy, Holy” that we sing during Holy Communion is taken from this passage. While singing this in the presence of God, they cover their faces. So, while this is being sung, and I am in the presence of God, in th…