Can these dry bones live?

• May 20th, 2018

Celebrating the Day of Pentecost, Pastor Joanne Engquist preaches on Acts 2:1-21 and Ezekiel 37:1-14.  

Can these bones live?  Can God breathe life into death and despair?  Is there reason to hope?

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Not of this World

• May 13th, 2018

Pastoral Intern Erik Thone preaches on John 17:6-19 and "the world".

What does it mean to "not belong to the world" as Jesus says?  How can we be "in" but not "of" the world?  What is the relationship between Christians and "the world" that hates Jesus?

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Acts: A Dysfunctional Family

• May 6th, 2018

Preaching primarily on the lectionary passage from the Book of Acts , Pastoral Intern Erik Thone reflects on the Holy Spirit's formation of the Church.  What happens when the Spirit's work of radical inclusion stretches in the other direction?

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The Good Shepherd Still Speaking

• April 22nd, 2018

Texts for the Day

Pastor Kari Lipke preaches on Good Shepherd Sunday.  The sheep know the shepherd's voice.  Where do we hear the voice of the good shepherd today?

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A Ghost Story Problem

• April 15th, 2018

Luke 24:36-48 (Audio Reading Available)

Pastoral Intern Erik Thone preaches.  The author of the Gospel of Luke had a "ghost story problem" as people were interpreting Jesus' post-resurrection appearances as those of a ghost.  Do we, too, have a ghost story problem?

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Notice the Wounds

• April 8th, 2018

Pastor Kari Lipke preaches on John 20:19-31.  The resurrected Christ is the crucified Christ; the disciples see the wounds.  The body of Christ in the world is wounded; do we notice?

 

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The Silence in Resurrection

• April 1st, 2018

Pastor Joanne Engquist Preaches on Easter Sunday.  The Gospel of Mark's account of the resurrection ends with the terrified women at Jesus' empty tomb remaing silent.  How do silence and grief fit into our celebration of resurrection?

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Maundy Thursday: Receiving the Mystery

• March 29th, 2018

Pastoral Intern Erik Thone preaches on Maundy Thursday.  Communion is a strange, incomprehensible meal: bread, wine, body, blood, "this is the body," "you are the body"...how can we receive a meal so layered in mystery?

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breaking open for life

• March 18th, 2018

At the fifth week of Lent, we're all pretty clear that it's an arduous journey through texts that tell us the truth about life in the company of Jesus-followers. Pr Joanne reflects on our approach to Holy Week, with the cross looming large on the horizon, and Jesus' words asking us to risk dying in order to live fully. We wonder together about surrendering some dear sense of our selves, letting go of some part of us or idea of us that we hold dear... It's this kind of risk that Jesus invites. Even encourages. And finally we trust that it is in such losing that we find life!

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For You and With You

• March 11th, 2018

Numbers 21:4-9, John 3:14-21

With the Israelites in the book of Numbers, Pastoral Intern Erik Thone asks "God, why?"  But is this the wrong question?

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