Sermons

That We May Live

Is it possible to be something by not being something? I know, that’s an intense question to ask so early on a Sunday morning, so let me ask it another way: one some level do we define who we are by who we aren’t?

Perhaps some of you have heard the contemporary term applied to many young millennials today, the “nones.” Recent social science indicates that one third of young adults (18-29) and just over one third of thirty-somethings in the US identify as non-religious. Spiritual, yes, but without religious affiliation

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Get Up

Over the summer, people I love suffered an enormous tragedy.  When they called to tell me their terrible news, I found myself saying the words so many of us say so honestly but so automatically: oh my gosh, I’m so sorry, let me know if there’s any way I can help. 

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A Permanent Reformation

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

The Martin Luther love fest has reached its apex and across the country Lutheran Churches of all varieties are celebrating the beginning of the protestant reformation begun by Luther when he posted his 95 theses on October 31st, 1517. Which by the way you can read on the poster right outside the office door.

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A Generous Spirit

I love reading the psalms.  I love that they tell the full story of what it means to be human.  They describe our joy in God’s creation, our hope for safety and joy, and even our deepest despair and fear.  But it’s not even just that the psalms are the most honest and human book of the Bible.  It’s also that they’re written in Hebrew!  I love Hebrew.

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Speak Lord, I’m Listening

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

This morning’s text is a call story. The call of the boy Samuel. It is the first in what will be a series of these call stories that we will hear in the next few weeks.

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You Shall Know

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 stopped

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Because I AM you can

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?

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God’s Not Done

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

There are a lot of really great stories in the bible and part of what I like the best about these stories is that they reflect what life is really like.

What life is really like is a difficult thing to convey to 15 year olds. Like the ones who are here this morning as part of Augustana’s confirmation class of 2017. Is it even possible for a 15 year old boy or girl to know what life is going to really be like when they are 25 or 45 or 65? Probably not.

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Now I Know

  Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, and our Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.

            The word Genesis means beginning, and true to its name, this book gives us stories of beginnings.  Just as the creation story gave us the beginning of God’s work in the created world, so too does the story of Abraham give us beginnings.  In the story of Abraham and his beginnings, the story narrows in focus from one that encompasses the created universe to just this one family, God’s chosen people.

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From Chaos to Creation to Rest

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace.

If you found yourself getting lost in today’s reading its ok. A whole chapter of the bible is a lot to take in. Much like creation itself, right. How does one take it all in or even begin to understand how it all works and all the things that are in creation.

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