Baptism is not something we undertake alone, but together, strengthening and encouraging each other as our eyes are opened to all the ways the world is killing us and embracing the alternative life God is offering, a life we see clearly in Jesus who pours out his life in a public testimony to the God of peace and justice and love.
Texts: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 + Psalm 32 + Romans 5:12-19 + Matthew 4:1-11 Serpents in the garden and devils in the wilderness. No matter which year or which gospel, the first Sunday in Lent always feeds us stories of temptation and confrontation between Jesus and that figure who has been named “the devil,” about whom … Continue reading Sermon: Sunday, March 9, 2014: First Sunday in Lent
Texts: Deuteronomy 26: 1-11 + Psalm 91:1-2,9-16 + Romans 10:8b-13 + Luke 4:1-13 Good morning students, and welcome to your Lenten study hall. My name is Erik Christensen and I will be your instructor for the next five weeks as we explore the ministry of Jesus in preparation for the great Three Days leading up … Continue reading Sermon: Sunday, February 17, 2013: First Sunday of Lent