Monthly Archives: October 2014

Renewing my Praying of the Catechism

Martin Luther wrote his Catechisms in 1529 after visits to several parishes revealed the people knew very little content of their faith. “Catechism” simply means “repeat back.” The goal in composing the Catechisms was not to explain the far reaching … Continue reading

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“The question behind the question” a Reformation / Confirmation sermon on Matt 22:34-46

10/26/2014 Reformation Day A sermon on Matt 22:34-46 “The question behind the question” St. Paul Lutheran Church, Old Saybrook, CT

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Missing my missing boxes

Moving is a chore, and is usually better once it’s done. However, one of the fun things about moving is finding a place for all your stuff in the new place where you live. Over the last twelve days we’ve … Continue reading

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“Jesus is more subversive than you think” a sermon on Matt 22:15-22 and 1 Thess 1:1

10/19/2014 A sermon on Matt 22:15-22 and 1 Thess 1:1 “Jesus is more subversive than you think” St. Paul ELCA Old Saybrook, CT

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Catching the Breeze from a Para-sailing Surfer

Last week I stumbled upon something beautiful. It was late afternoon and my head cold was starting to get the better of me. So I went down to Harvey Beach, here in Old Saybrook. I figured if I could sit … Continue reading

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” ‘Not’ wearing the Emperor’s new clothes” a sermon on Matt 22:1-14

10/12/2014 Sermon on Matthew 22:1-14 ” ‘Not’ wearing the Emperor’s new clothes” http://youtu.be/119XYk1lcyc St. Paul ELCA, Old Saybrook, CT

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Our moment in time

I love this picture, and not just because it is of my children (though that is a big part of it). I love it because it captures a moment in time almost perfectly.  It was July 1, 2014. We spent … Continue reading

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“The Vineyard Problem,” a Sermon on Matthew 21:33-46 & Philippians 3:4b-14 (1st week at St. Paul)

Jesus said, “Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country.  When the … Continue reading

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Call vote sermon: “The one Jesus keeps calling about” Matt 16:21-28

Preached at St. Paul, Old Saybrook, CT, August 31, 2014. A reading from Matthew: From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders … Continue reading

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