Sermon: Come Dance

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Sunday, May 27, 2018
Peace Lutheran Church, Las Cruces, NM
Trinity Sunday

I don’t know what led Nicodemus to visit Jesus in the middle of the night in our gospel story for today. The text never really makes it clear. However, I am pretty confident that that visit did not go as he expected.  Nicodemus was a Pharisee, an important leader in the Jewish community; and even only three chapters into John, Jesus has already made a name for himself as a popular folk preacher who turns water into wine and hangs out with John the Baptist.  Perhaps Nicodemus came to learn from Jesus, or to try to persuade him to reconcile with the other religious leaders.  But he never actually gets to the point of his visit or even asks Jesus a question. He starts off his visit by affirming, “we know that you are a teacher who has come from God.”  We know.  ‘You tick all the boxes: you do signs and wonders, you definitely know your scripture, and oh man, that water into wine thing was just awesome!  Nobody could do that stuff apart from God, so God must be with you.’

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Sermon: Summing it Up

Sunday, June 11, 2017
First Lutheran Church of Logan Square
Trinity Sunday

I was never very good at math in school – in fact, math was always my worst subject. I had hoped that after I graduated from college, I’d never have to worry about anything more than just simple math ever again. But now in seminary, I’m finding myself having to do math all over again! And the problems have gotten a little more complicated.

Today, we have a very complex math problem, and I want to see if you all can guess the right answer. Are you ready? Ok, here goes. What is 1 + 1 + 1? … In our “theological math,” our faith tells us that 1 + 1 + 1 equals 1 – that is, one God in three persons, three persons in one God. Continue reading “Sermon: Summing it Up”

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