Sermon for January 25, 2015: “Go Take A Flying Leap!”

Mark 1:14-20

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” 16 As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

Yesterday, Kristen and I had the chance to go to the Figure Skating championships.
And as I watched the skaters go through their routines, one thought kept going through my mind:
What was it like to try a triple axle for the first time?
Were they afraid they would fall and break something?
Were any of them afraid to take that leap? Continue reading

Sermon for January 18, 2015: “Listen”

Reading: 1 Samuel 3:1-10

Sermon: “Listen”

I remember this one time when I thought I heard the voice of God.
It was when I was on internship at Ascension Lutheran Church in Jackson, MS.
I had gone into the bathroom to wash my hands, and as I was leaving I turned the light off.
And then I heard it.
The voice. Continue reading

Sermon for January 11, 2015: “More Than Words”

Mark 1:4-11
4 John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 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. 8 I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

Sermon: “More Than Words”

One of the joys of my life is when I walk into a room where Paul is, and I say “Hello, Paul,” he lifts up his little head and looks at me, he smiles, and then he crawls very quickly to me.
I cannot put into words the joy that I feel when he does that.
Sometimes putting into words how we feel about someone or something can be difficult, sometimes impossible. Continue reading