An Installation Sermon: “Following” (Matt. 4:18-22)

For various reasons, I don’t often post my sermons on this blog, nor do I mention my work with the Presbytery of the Northern Plains. Today, however, I’m making an exception and posting the manuscript for the sermon I preached this morning at First Presbyterian Church of Fargo, ND at the Installation Service of the […]

Sermon: “Young Adult Jesus” Matt. 16:21-28

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Fargo, N.D. August 28, 2011 Young Adult Jesus Matthew 16:21-28   Thank you for the invitation to worship with you all this morning. It’s always a joy to share a bit about what God is doing with young adults in Fargo-Moorhead and The Project F-M. So, I’m very grateful to be […]

Sermon: The Traveler’s Psalm

First Presbyterian Church of Hallock, Minn. March 20, 2011 The Traveler’s Psalm Psalm 121 Three or four years ago, when I was serving as seminary intern, I went with a pastor supervisor to meet with a family to plan a funeral. It was the first funeral I helped lead as any type of pastor. Even […]

Sermon: Holding It Together

First Presbyterian Church of Hallock, Minn. March 6, 2011   Holding it Together Matthew 17:1-9 There’s some stories in the Bible that pretty much everyone seems to know irregardless whether they’re Christian or attend church. Of course: there’s Christmas — the story of little baby Jesus in a manger. There’s the story of Noah and […]

Sermon: Critic or Judge?

First Presbyterian Church of Hallock, Minn. Feb. 27, 2011 Critic or Judge? 1 Cor. 4:1-5 I’m sure you have all been waiting with bated breath for tonight. Well…maybe not, but tonight is the 83rd Academy Awards and the presentations of this year’s Oscars. As they’ve done for the last while, the Academy has nominated a […]

Sermon: Assured of Our Foundation

First Presbyterian Church of Hallock, Minn. February 20, 2011 Assured of our Foundation 1 Cor. 3:10-11, 16-23 It didn’t take Megan and me long to figure out that Hallock was a special place. After my interview with the Pastor Nominating Committee in the summer of ’09, Megan and I were struck by many signs of […]

Sermon: Growing Up With God

First Presbyterian Church of Hallock, Minn. February 13, 2011 Growing Up With God 1 Cor. 3:1-9 A few years ago now, the presbytery surrounding metro Atlanta declared a goal of increasing the number of adult baptisms in year by 10%. In a presbytery that large, they figured, there were too few growing churches and too […]

Sermon: Foolish Baptism

First Presbyterian Church of Hallock, Minn. Jan 30, 2011 Foolish Baptism 1 Cor. 1:18-31 Dear Annika, Welcome to church. Heck, while we’re at it: welcome to life! I know it’s been a roller coaster these last few weeks. First there was the whole being born thing. Good job on that, by the way. Things went […]

Sermon: Unity in Christ

First Presbyterian Church of Hallock, Minn. Jan 23, 2011 Unity in Christ 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 There’s been a lot of talk lately about the rhetoric in Washington. For a time, after the Giffords shooting in Tuscon a few weeks ago, politicians held their tongues. Republicans in control of the House put off the contentious health […]