Whose We Are and Who We Can Be

Jul 11, 2021
Today’s reading from Ephesians 1 is a Biblical goldmine. In fact, Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones, one of Great Britain’s great 20th century preachers, once preached on it for sixth months. Can...

Astounded or Amazed?

Jul 04, 2021
The people in Jesus’ hometown were astounded at him, and Jesus was amazed at them. But…neither emotion was for positive reasons.

Paving the Way Forward

Jun 27, 2021
Jesus is back from his trip. He has been busy, though, while away. Following his storm-silencing boat ride, the topic of last week’s Gospel reading, Jesus disembarked on the Gentile...

Jesus Pilots the Boat, so Keep Calm!

Jun 20, 2021
As I prepared for today’s sermon, the hymn, “Jesus Savior, Pilot Me,” had burrowed its way into my consciousness and would not leave me alone. We will be singing it soon. It’s an old-...

The Mystery of Planting and Growth

Jun 13, 2021
I'm hesitant to even say this, lest I jink it, but the church garden already is growing SO much better than was the case last year, and it's only a few weeks into the season. A year...

We Do Not Lose Heart

Jun 06, 2021
“So,” wrote the Apostle Paul, “we do not lose heart.” Are those words on your lips? If they are, what is on the other side of the “so”? In other words, what is the reason that you do...

New Lenses

May 30, 2021
If you're sitting there thinking, "Sandy looks different," you're right! For as long as I've been at Faith Lutheran Church, you've seen me wearing glasses. Ever since I was in grade...

Praying for Holy Spirit Surprises

May 23, 2021
Fifty days ago, we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus; 10 days ago was the official observance of the Ascension of our Lord, and today is the Day of Pentecost when we remember the...