Monthly Archives: January 2013

Why Pyrotechnics won’t save the church (Some thoughts on ‘contemporary’ worship)

I’m quoted in an article of the Fall Issue Connect; Journal of Children, Youth and Family Ministry, published by the ELCA Youth Ministry Network. I’m currently at the ELCA Youth Ministry Network annual Extravaganza conference (this year taking place in Anaheim, CA.) The … Continue reading

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The Peaceful Transfer (or Re-affirmation) of Power

On Monday our seven-year old daughter called a family meeting while we watched the highlights from the Presidential Inauguration. She wanted to start a “family village” that every family member would participate in, and she held a vote to determine our new … Continue reading

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Sermon on John 2:1-11, “Leaving your mark behind”

January 20, 2013 2nd Sunday after Epiphany Sermon on John 2:1-11 “Leaving Your Mark Behind” http://youtu.be/x87U5eISzIk St. Michael’s Lutheran Church New Canaan, CT

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Opening the the Word (Having a conversation with God)

The Biblical narrative is meant to be heard. God wants to have a conversation. How shall we have our conversation with God? What I’ve observed over the last several years is that in the life of the church we tend to talk … Continue reading

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Sermon on Isaiah 43:1-3a and Luke 3:21-22, “The Sweet Sound of Your Name”

January 13, 2013 Baptism of our Lord Sermon on Isaiah 43:1-3a and Luke 3:21-22 “The Sweet Sound of Your Name” http://youtu.be/6ESXRWtohe0 St. Michael’s Lutheran Church New Canaan, CT

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Starting the New Year with the Gospel of Luke

The church year officially starts in Advent – the four weeks preceding Christmas. Even though we start each Advent/Christmas/Epiphany cycle by utilizing a different Gospel than the year prior (this year it happens to be Year C featuring Luke), with … Continue reading

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Magi Puppet Show & Sermon on Matthew 2:1-12, “How far have you come?”

January 6, 2013 Epiphany Magi Puppet Show & Sermon on Matthew 2:1-12 “How far have you come?” http://youtu.be/cOqAcT8gWu4 St. Michael’s Lutheran, New Canaan, CT

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