Category Archives: ELCA

They are People and Deserving of Dignity

Today I took a glance at my Twitter feed and came across this quote from the current president: Trump on deportation: “You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals and we’re taking them out of country.” This should be shocking, but based on the last couple of years it […]
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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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The Greatest Fruit – John 15:9-17

What is this fruit that Jesus talks of? It is love and it is wonderful.

Did You Finish? A Post-Boston Marathon Sermon

This sermon is based on John 10:11-18 “Did you finish?” The most common question asked after my completing the Boston Marathon. “Did you finish?” Not, “how fast did you go?” Not, “did you have fun?” Not, “what was your place?” But, “did you finish?” Why this question? I’ve now run eight marathons and I don’t […]
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Locked in Fear

This is pretty close to what I preached on April 8th…

We Shall…

I started my day today joining other pastors and community members at our local ICE office. The office is located in a nondescript strip mall in Camarillo. There is no room for anyone to gather inside the office, so we gathered outside, in the rain. We shall overcome… Our gathering was not one of silence, […]
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Quit Blaming the Kids

In the aftermath of an atrocity such as the massacre last week we enter into the Facebook and other social media debate. One unfortunate aspect of that debate inevitably is one that argues that the young people themselves are at fault…or if not the young people, then the culture around these young people.   I […]
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Pastor as coach?

I’ve discovered that better physical fitness can be related to spiritual fitness. Or better expressed, taking care of our bodies is part of a holistic way to live our faith.

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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