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36 Times

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From Rabbi Jonah Pesner:
We share that common text in our tradition. The most often repeated command in our tradition, for Jews, but shared with you, our Christian family. ‘You were slaves in Egypt, and therefore you are to love stranger.’ Thirty-six different times it is repeated in the Torah. Thirty-six, which is the Jewish number for life. One time, it says, ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ Thirty-six times it says love the stranger because it is thirty-six times harder, but thirty-six times more important. Together, Lutherans and Jews, and Christians and Muslims, and people of all faiths, and people of no faith must at this moment in history do justice to that phrase that the most sacred act is to love the person who is not like us. 
at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly, Milwaukee, WI; August 8, 2019.

Go And Do Likewise

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This is an outline of my sermon text for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost,on July 14, 2019. The video is from Redeemer. I used the Gospel lesson; Luke 10:25-37, the Parable of the Good Samaritan as my inspiration for my message. + pBRC


Be with us God as we open our hearts and minds to your Holy Word.
Move our hearts and souls and bodies to share your love and do your will.
We pray in the name of the Creator & of the
(+) Son & of the Holy Spirit. AMEN.
·Whenever I am not sure what to do with a text, I turn to some of my favorite preachers and look at what they said about the text, and that usually helps to guide me. oWith this parable, it wasn’t that I didn’t have any idea of what to say, but that I had too much to say. oIn addition, the last time I preached on this parable, several members of one of the churches in Wisconsin stopped attending that church because in my sermon that Sunday, three years ago[i], during the week when Philando Castle was killed by a St. Paul police offi…

On A Mission From God

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This is an outline of my sermon text for the Third Sunday after Pentecost,on June 30, 2019. This was a Fifth Friday Combined Service, where members from Ascension, Redeemer, and St. Mark all gathered for one service, this time at St. Mark. I used the Gospel lesson; Luke 9:51-62 as my inspiration for my message, presenting Jake and Elwood Blues as models for focused discipleship. + pBRC


Be with us God as we open our hearts and minds to your Holy Word.
Move our hearts and souls and bodies to share your love and do your will.
We pray in the name of the Creator & of the
(+) Son & of the Holy Spirit. AMEN.
·I thought I had dodged this lesson. oIn planning the vacation I was going to take and head back to Michigan, I looked at the Gospel lessons for the Sundays. oInitially, I thought the lesson for this Combined Service was the lesson about the man possessed by the demons known as Legion, and this text was scheduled for last Sunday. §I was excited because I had the framework for a mess…