Category Archives: Lutheran

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.

Discarded Vines? A sermon on John 15:1-8

Finding hope in a text that at first reading is more loss than hope

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…

A Hard Week & Running Buddies – Boston Marathon Training Week 15

Training partners are wonderful, especially so when training gets tough.

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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Disconnecting – Some thoughts

How do you make space for God in your life? There are many answers to this question. I’d even say there are as many answers as there are people. We’re unique, we’re individuals, we don’t respond to life in the same ways. As much as I believe this, I also know that we human beings […]
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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.