Welcome to a selection of sermons. Below you will find preaching samples. Scripture for each sermon is also included in the recording. My typical sermons are 15-18 minutes long.
A Children’s Lesson: The 2nd Commandment
I love working with children. This summer, I decided to push myself to work with a puppet during my children’s lesson series on the Ten Commandments. Max is my sassy sidekick. This Children’s lesson was delivered June 17, 2018. The theme of this lesson is mentioned in the sermon that follows, which was preached on the same day.
For the Birds: Mark 4:26-34
How do preachers respond when events in the world clash with Christian priorities? This sermon was delivered June 17, 2018, at the very time news was emerging that the Department of Homeland Security was separating families at the border. The Gospel lesson calls people of faith to grow into large branches, “…so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” The “birds of the air” has long been recognized to be symbolic of three particular groups of people in biblical literature: widows, orphans, and strangers in the land. This sermon challenges people of faith to do as Lutherans and Christians have done for two millennia: care for those made vulnerable, especially the birds of the air threatened at the border.
Please note that this sermon was a risky one to preach in Western Waukesha County. However, I took this risk, knowing that it would require me to listen to and love those who would struggle with a sermon critical of presidential policy. I wouldn’t have been able to preach this in my church early in my ministry in this congregation. I could only do so after being here a number of years. Three brave people who disagreed with my sermon talked with me in the days that followed. Consistently, their message was that it would have been easier to listen to the sermon if in it I had acknowledged the importance of securing the border and protecting Americans. I salute the bravery of those people. The church is at its best when people talk about disagreements in civil ways that honor one another.
Let’s Just Get Together: John 17:6-19
This Sermon was delivered, Mother’s Day, May 13, 2018. It picks up the theme of Jesus’ farewell discourse in John 17, which was the gospel reading for that day.
An Easter Sermon: Luke 24:1-12
This sermon was delivered in March 27, 2016. That week was a tumultuous week in which there had been a bombing in Brussels, Belgium. You’ll hear references in the sermon to that tragedy and other tumultuous events from the same time frame.
A Sermon in Easter: Acts 5:27-32
This sermon was delivered April 3, 2016, at a time when anti-Muslim rhetoric and action was rising. It challenges Christians to be faithful to God’s will when governing authorities challenge.
By Her Love: A Funeral Sermon for Lynnette’s Family
The following is an example of a short sermon preached at a funeral, July 6, 2018. It picks up on the themes of the song sung just prior to the Gospel: They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love, which was sung at the Lynnette and Randy’s Wedding.