When We are Sent

Prayer is a dangerous thing… I find it a bit humorous, or at least ironic, that the disciples prayed for workers to be sent into the harvest fields only to find out that they were praying for themselves and didn’t know it. They were the ones Jesus wanted to send. Sometimes the answer to our […]

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Bandanas and God

Today is the celebration of The Pentecost. It’s what we might call a Transition Holiday because it is the day that the early believers in Jesus Christ began to make the transition from being Jewish to being Christian. In fact, Pentecost began and still is a Jewish holiday as well as a Christian holiday. In […]

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Writing the Next Chapter

Christ’s ascension reminds us that his resurrection was not the end of the story. At his ascension, Jesus initiates the next chapter of God’s unfolding revolution of grace in a qualitatively new way, and gives a commission to his followers to spread the good news. The disciples would have work to do. Lots of it! […]

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Bonnets and Blue Laws

Times, they are a change ‘in. I grew up on a small farm in a small town. I remember Sunday mornings growing up. I would put on a pretty dress, girls were not to wear pants back then, occasionally I would sport a bonnet and white gloves and a little purse. We were poor, but […]

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The Busboy

The main character in our story today from the book of Acts is Stephen. Stephen, as many of you know, is known far and wide as the first Christian martyr. I don’t know that anyone in Stephen’s day would have labeled him as such, because Christianity had not yet emerged from the cradle of Judaism. […]

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I wonder … were any of you feeling slightly uncomfortable as the first lesson was read this morning? In modern times, especially since World War II when over 6 million Jews and others were massacred, this text has given many people cause to reject Christianity. It was … of course … used by many “good” […]

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We Had Hoped

A lot happens in gardens this time of year. Even back in my native Minnesota the persistent snows of winter, which often cover the ground well into April, begin to melt away … and life giving refreshment begins to trickle down into the waiting earth below. Seeds, receiving the long anticipated moisture, swell as if […]

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The Healing Model

Today, before I talk about The Woman at the Well in Samaria I want to talk about The Man in the Maine Woods. Back in the late 1980’s a twenty year old man named walked off the job one day. He left his tools behind, got in his car and started driving. He had always […]

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Again and Again and Again

This morning we welcome guest preacher and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) seminarian Taylor Hagbo. Taylor is a native of Washington state who studied biology and religion at PLU. After working at Holden Village and living on a redwood tree farm in Northern California, Taylor felt called into a life of ministry and is currently […]

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