Just for this morning, let me say to you that Easter means this– although we are all frail, mortal, finite human beings and are wholly inadequate in our words and our deeds in the face of death- God – the one who creates and gives us life is determined to be the creator and the giver of life even in death. … More The Shocking News – An Easter Sermon
Rev. Kyle Seibert, my second pastoral intern, was ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament on Tuesday, March 20th at Zion Lutheran Church in Muscatine. Kyle spent fifteen months with the congregation has he completed his required pastoral internship. … More Saying Good-bye to Pastor Kyle Seibert
Offering the opening prayer of the Iowa State Senate on March 20, 2018. … More Pastor of the Day at the Iowa State Senate
Increasing as I age, I become more aware of my sinful nature. It’s not as if I’m a terrible person, but I realize the powerful effect sin has on my life and the world God loves. Perhaps it is the realization I have that I have the power to destroy and great potential to create … More Ash Wednesday – February 14, 2018
The vision of glory is right to hold, but it falls short because it will never point out the gaps between our sin and self-centered living. … More Vision of Glory… The Image of the Cross – A sermon for Transfiguration
Was Jonah mad because he had played by the rules, the same rules that had gotten him ahead in life? Was Jonah jealous that God would waste his time on people he refused to get to know? … More Pouting in the Pit or Preaching to the People?
As Jesus reminds us, “Be awake, keep alert; for you do not know when the time comes.” It might be today, tomorrow, or years and years awake. … More Advent I – Three Parts of the Bible We Need to Know.
https://player.fm/series/1526279/191428889 Each year, after we hear God’s promise of eternal life on All Saints’, we focus our attention on the return of the Son of Man. When we reflect our awareness to what happens around us, it seems to be fitting that following our remembrance of God’s promise on those who have already entered eternal … More “Keeping the Edges Hot” a Reflection on Matthew 25
I’m going to share a truth that we know is true, but for some reason, it’s easier for us to deny it. The truth I’m speaking of is that sometimes life just isn’t fair. It’s a reality that sooner or later we’re all going to face. It’s best that we are learning this fact while … More God’s Great Reversal – Matthew 20:1-16
How do you deal with others who have caused problems for you? Jesus has the answer. With straight talk, due process, but most of all, with grace. … More Dealing with Conflict – Matthew 15