Dream On!

* A sermon preached for the finals of the James Kenneth Echols Prize for Excellence in Preaching at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago on April 28, 2016 * ** You may also want to watch and hear this sermon preached. Here is that video. And here is the audio if you prefer to just listen. ** Text: Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5 … Continue reading Dream On!

Learning to Swim

* a sermon preached at Luther Memorial Church of Chicago on May 17, 2015 * Since sermons are primarily intended to be heard, you can listen along here. Text: Romans 6:1-14 *************** Pray with me this morning: Cleanse us, and make us new, Holy One. Today, and every day. That your resurrection might be our hope, And hope … Continue reading Learning to Swim

Lights Out

* a sermon preached at Luther Memorial Church of Chicago on December 7, 2014 * Text: Isaiah 42:1-9   As we consider these words from Isaiah, and the world in which we live, please pray with me. God of all things; God of life; God of peace; God of justice; Come soon… Amen. I was a camp … Continue reading Lights Out

What is hope?

There is no such thing as an insignificant loss of life. All life is sacred. All life is divine. All life is important. All lives matter. --------- As I internally struggle with what’s happening in Ferguson, Missouri, I’m also being confronted with similar stories from Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Hammond, Indiana; Chicago, Illinois… I think, by and … Continue reading What is hope?

Torn in Two

* a sermon preached at Luther Memorial Church of Chicago on November 16, 2014 * Text: A Story from Isaiah (based on Isaiah 36:1-3, 13-20; 37:1-7; and 2:1-4) The King of Assyria came to Judah and sent a messenger to King Hezekiah in Jerusalem. The messenger called out to the people of Jerusalem, in their own language, … Continue reading Torn in Two