Sermon: Sunday, March 9, 2014: First Sunday in Lent

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

Sermon: Sunday, September 25, 2011–Third Sunday in Season of Creation, Wilderness

Texts: Joel 1:8-10,17-20  +  Psalm 18:6-19  +  Romans 8:18-27  +  Matthew 3:13—4:2 The congregation in which I grew up, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Des Moines, Iowa, used to take high school groups up to the Boundary Waters for weeklong canoe trips in the summer. We went through a Christian camping organization that provided the … Continue reading Sermon: Sunday, September 25, 2011–Third Sunday in Season of Creation, Wilderness