Sermon on God’s Power

Text: Jeremiah 23:29: “Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? God’s word is like fire, like a hammer that breaks rocks in pieces. This reminds us that God often waits to act against evil. God’s power is so great that he does not want…

What Determines Where

Most of us have can remember times when we have lost things and had to go looking for them. When you are looking for something, the thing you are looking for determines where you look. If you are looking for sunshine and warm weather, you look south. If you are seeking snow and cold Minnesota…

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

“One giant leap for mankind.” That is how astronaut Neil Armstrong described his first step on the moon in 1969. Today, June 24, 2022, the church celebrates another giant leap for humankind – the overturn of the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States. The legal rights of an entire segment…

A Cloud Hid Him

At the Ascension Day worship service that I attended this year when the reader came to part in the ascension story from Acts, chapter one, “And a cloud took him out of their sight,” he stopped. He stopped so that one of the assisting ministers could step forward and extinguish the Christ candle, the candle…

2022 Art in Bloom

World-class art and exquisite flower arrangements – what could be better? The 2022 edition of Art in Bloom at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) did not disappoint. See what I mean. Florist Pamela Marie’s interpretation of First Century BCE Japanese ritual bell. Sheets of clay cover two figures like blankets warming sleeping bodies. Artist Georges Jeanclos’…

The Coming Lord is Our Righteousness

“In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 33”16) As Christians prepare to celebrate Christmas during the season of Advent (which means “coming”), our focus is on repentance. We are preparing for the coming…

My Salvation Will Be Forever

“Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and they who dwell in it will die in like manner; but my salvation will be forever, and my righteousness will never be dismayed.” Isaiah 51:6 The people…

Simultaneously

One of Martin Luther’s greatest theological insights was that believers in Christ are not perfect saints all the time, rather we are simultaneously saints and sinners. We are 100 percent perfect and sinless through faith in Jesus as our Savior but the sinful nature that has been ours since conception in our mothers’ wombs still…