Monthly Archives: June 2012

You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore

You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore Sometime in the last year when I was at Luther Seminary, this song was sung in chapel and it resonated somewhere deep in my memory banks. It was very familiar, but I don’t remember where or when I… Continue reading




Mark 5:21-43

Mark 5:21-43 One winter, three men in the woods found themselves face to face with an angry bear. They turned and ran, only to reach a ledge overlooking a lake. To be saved, they had to jump. The first man thought, “The ice on the… Continue reading




Mark 5:21-43

Mark 5:21-43 It can seem almost comical. Jesus is in a throng of people and yet he asks, “Who touched my clothes?” Perhaps you can see the disciples rolling their eyes. Or imagine Peter’s tone of voice when he answers: “How can you say ‘who… Continue reading




2 Corinthians 8:7-15

2 Corinthians 8:7-15 Everyone loves a stewardship text, right? Perhaps not. It is hard to be asked, or to ask others, to give of their worldly possessions. We especially have strong emotional ties to our money because, like it or not, it represents security and… Continue reading




Psalm 30

Psalm 30 A good friend of mine just buried her second husband. She and George had nine wonderful years together, but he succumbed to prostate cancer. She told me once that she knew God could take away George’s cancer, just like he could have saved… Continue reading




Lamentations 3:22-33

Lamentations 3:22-33 My local paper had an article today about a successful businessman who had grown his small company to 150 stores, in 10 states, with $200 million in revenue. As he shared his views on success, he said he looks for people who, when… Continue reading




“I Love to Tell the Story,”

“I Love to Tell the Story,” Recently, I was faced with the question:, “Why do you believe that the Bible is true?” Being a recent seminary graduate, one might expect that I would pull a seasoned theological argument out of my back pocket, citing the… Continue reading




“On Jordan?s Bank the Baptist?s Cry,”

“On Jordan?s Bank the Baptist?s Cry,” “Awake! Hearken! The Lord is coming!” John the Baptist implores us from Jordan’s bank. I often think that we have lost the wonder of Jesus’ coming. Growing up in church, the gospel can quickly lose its luster. The Bible… Continue reading




Luke 1:57-67 (68-80)

Luke 1:57-67 (68-80) The neighbors ask in verse 66, “What then shall this child become?” In his birth narrative, God has clearly set John apart. Zechariah’s prophecy sets the stage for John’s ministry. A Savior is coming in fulfillment of God’s promises and John will… Continue reading




Luke 1:57-67 (68-80)

Luke 1:57-67 (68-80) In our passage for today, God is breaking with tradition and doing something new. John’s birth breaks all of the rules. Not only is he born of an aged, barren woman, but also his name comes from outside his family. Elizabeth and… Continue reading