Repentance (a sermon for Advent II)

God’s grace and peace be with all of you. Repent! Repent, repent, repent! Our gospel reading today sounds like it belongs at the beginning of Lent, don’t you think? The repeated refrain is for repentance. John’s proclamation is for repentance: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” People are hearing John’s message and … Continue reading Repentance (a sermon for Advent II)

Breaking and entering (a sermon for Advent I)

Preached November 27th, 2016, at Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oxnard.   God’s grace and peace be with all of you. Have you seen those commercials for security systems? Regardless of the brand, they usually follow the same pattern: there’s a nice, attractive family that tells a scary story. The wife says, “Our neighbors’ … Continue reading Breaking and entering (a sermon for Advent I)

Remember me when you come into your kingdom (a sermon for Christ the King)

Preached Christ the King Sunday, 2016, at Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oxnard.   God’s grace and peace be with all of you. Let’s check in on Jesus campaign headquarters. It looks like Jesus is having a meeting with his advisers right now... “Okay, Jesus, we’ve got the focus groups back and it’s not … Continue reading Remember me when you come into your kingdom (a sermon for Christ the King)