Stardust

* a homily given at Luther Memorial Church of Chicago on February 18, 2015 * Text: Matthew 18:1-9 *************** A prayer: Mortality stares us in the face, O God. Hold us, and comfort us. Amen. *************** When I was a young boy, I was fascinated by things I didn’t understand. I’m not sure where this sensibility came from, but I … Continue reading Stardust

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

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

Trust Issues

* a sermon preached at Luther Memorial Church of Chicago on September 28, 2014 * Text: Exodus 14:10-14, 21-29   How many of you were camp counselors ever? Summers full of playtime. Maybe some God time, bible study, and prayer in there. Watersports. Arts and crafts. Camp food. Ropes courses. And who remembers the Trust Fall? Placing … Continue reading Trust Issues