Category Archives: All Are Welcome

A Big Distraction

This is a sermon based on John 17:6-19 I confess that I struggle reading this prayer from Jesus. Whenever I read it, it seems as if the words go in circle after circle. After about the third circle my mind is dizzy and I’m ready to jump off. Maybe this is why I don’t seem […]
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Growing up racist #5…or I never knew that

I’ve been reading the very good, but very uncomfortable to read book, “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.” It’s been a slow read for me, but from an historical perspective I am finally to the 60s, thus to when I was born. One paragraph struck me today because it […]
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Can anything good come out of …? Today’s sermon

Can anything good come out of Oxnard? I remember an encounter in my first days here at Our Redeemer. It was with Rusty Jackson, a long time (but not his entire life) Oxnard resident and founding member of the church. Upon our introduction, he looked at me, and with a twinkle in his eye said, […]
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Quit when it’s hard? No Way!

Most of us have contemplated quitting something. Sometime our reasons are perfectly valid, but not always. I’ve been thinking about this topic, quitting, after my latest fall while hiking (read about it here: Overdoing It). I confess that while picking myself up, rinsing off the blood, and brushing all the dirt off my clothing I thought […]
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Tears and Gratitude

A few years ago our church had a series during Lent with the theme of “who are our neighbors?” We invited various people from the community to come and speak. The goal was to help our members begin to understand neighbors that they may not know. One of these weeks we invited two young women […]
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A Difficult Topic – My sermon on Romans 9:1-18

On my first full day in Wittenberg (last March) our group went on a walking tour of the old city. This older area is actually pretty small, so maybe village or town would be a better description. I’m thankful for the guided tour because I would have missed some important history if I had been […]
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“As we ought” – yesterday’s Sermon

This sermon is on Romans 8:26-39. When I first began reading (and trying to understand) scripture, this particular part of Romans 8 was very significant for me. It was confusing, annoying, and helpful. The confusing part first. Paul writes: “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray […]
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Today’s Sermon (Romans 6:1-11)

Lately I haven’t been writing out my sermons…usually just notes. This message was/is difficult for me and so I had to write it all out. I’m not sure how much will change in the preaching, because I never stay exactly with what I’ve written, but I decided to share this one. “For if we have […]
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An Old Sermon on Matthew 28:16-20 and the Trinity

“We begin in the name of Jesus, who came down from heaven, died on the cross, and entered my heart.” This is the invocation for weekly chapel at Good Shepherd Lutheran School. Beginning in preschool, children learn these words, and when I began leading chapel here many years ago, it was the children who taught […]
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A Fitness Marker – And Some Gratitude 

This morning Facebook showed me a memory from 4 years ago. It was a running log – 4 miles at an 11:27 pace. Today I’m proud of that because if I hadn’t started running 5 years ago I wouldn’t be a marathoner today. And if I hadn’t shared that particular run I wouldn’t have celebrated […]
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