Monthly Archives: March 2015

“Let Christ’s Passion Wash Over You” a Palm/Passion Sunday sermon on Mark 11:1-10 and 15:33-40

3/29/2015 Palm/Passion Sunday Mark 11:1-10 Mark 15:33-40 “Let Christ’s Passion Wash Over You” St. Paul Lutheran Church Old Saybrook, CT

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“Mouth House” Reflections from a Weary Preacher (or “Ode to Qoheleth,* My Old Friend”)

It is one of those rare Monday afternoons where there is nothing going on at church and the preacher sits – alone. The morning had its normal busyness of list making, phone calls and other contacts, but now – all … Continue reading

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“Especially When You Don’t Get It” a Sermon on Mark 15:1-32

3/22/2015 Lent 5 Passion of Mark, Part 5 “Especially When You Don’t Get It” St. Paul Lutheran Church Old Saybrook, CT

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Rediscovering Sabbath During a Busy Time

A recent blog articulated that the commandment we tend to ignore is Sabbath keeping (http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/practical-faith/most-ignored-commandment). Clergy can be some of the worst offenders. When the law does what it is supposed to do, here I stand, guilty as charged. I’m often … Continue reading

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“There is Healing Beyond Denial” sermon on Mark 14:53-72

3/15/2015 Healing Service Lent 4 Sermon on Mark 14:53-72 “There is Healing Beyond Denial” St. Paul Lutheran Church Old Saybrook, CT

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7 Reasons for Church Decline and How to Address Them

I sat across from someone I didn’t know at a recent church luncheon that was open to the community. We introduced ourselves. She soon found out I was the pastor. After some conversation she said, “The churches aren’t as full … Continue reading

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“When you don’t make it to Amen” a sermon on Mark 14:32-52

3/08/2015 Lent 3 Sermon on Mark 14:32-52 “When you don’t make it to Amen” St. Paul Lutheran Church Old Saybrook, CT

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