Sermons on “Exodus”
I turned on the radio in the car on Monday morning. The kids wanted to hear their favorite music, but instead the news was on, and I caught the breaking story. I heard about a shooting in Las Vegas, one that would be the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, and my heart stoppedView Sermon
Grace to you and peace from Jesus Christ our LORD. Amen.
In my first weeks here at Augustana I’ve been learning many new names. And there’s a lot to names. Think about yours. Do you know the meaning of your name(s)? What’s in a name?View Sermon
When I talk about a person who is a prophet, whose words are prophetic, what images or emotions come to your mind? You might envision a man of unruly appearance and otherworldly connection, one who speaks in obscure messages of terror and mystery, whose warnings to his hearers are coded with impenetrable symbolism. Prophets feel prickly, perplexing, and peculiar. Why would we focus on the words of men who spoke in codes to people long ago? What does that have to do with us today?View Sermon
Our lesson today is about Moses and the burning bush. It takes place in the wilderness of Egypt, which might be a surprise because last week we met Jacob, who was wrestling with God, in a land that was pretty far northeast Egypt—in that time, it would have taken several months to get from one place to another.View Sermon
“Ladies and gentlemen, we request your full attention as the flight attendants demonstrate the safety features of this aircraft.”
Most of us have heard this sentence or a variation of it, many times throughout our lives. We all know what’s coming next, a long spiel about the rules and regulations of flying usually accompanied with a nice demonstration by the flight attendants. It becomes old, maybe even annoying if you fly often. It is boring and pretty much common sense, so you ignore it, scroll through your phone one last time, or try and get a head start on your inflight nap. And why can’t we have our trays down I still haven’t figured that one out?View Sermon
Let’s start with a survey. Raise your hand if you’ve ever made a promise. You may leave your hand up
if you have never, ever broken a promise. It appears that humans have a little trouble keeping their
promises. Maybe this is why we have trouble believing promises. Not only have we broken our own promises,
we’ve been on the receiving end of a broken promise.