Whoever is not against us is for us

Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost, September 30, 2018, First Trinity Lutheran Church – There’s a lot going on in today’s passage from Mark’s Gospel. To recap, Jesus had just finished teaching his disciples about what greatness means in the Kingdom of God – whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of Read More …

What does it Mean to be Great?

Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost, September 23, 2018, First Trinity Lutheran Church – “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” These words spoken by Jesus reminds me of Gordon Cosby the Pastor and Founder of the Church of the Savior here in Washington DC. Gordon founded this church in Read More …

Who Do You Say That I Am?

Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost, September 16, 2018, First Trinity Lutheran Church – Are any of you familiar with the “what I really do” meme? It’s a series of images that goes around Facebook every now and then. The title of each meme is an occupation or identity group, like accountant, or runner, or lawyer, and Read More …

Speak the Truth in Love

Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost, September 2, 2018, First Trinity Lutheran Church – In the Gospel lesson for today, Jesus is arguing with the Pharisees about what is really important in life. There was a basic theological difference between Jesus and the Pharisees because Pharisees believed that obeying the complex rules for piety were what it Read More …

You Are Who You Say You Are

Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost, August 26, 2018, First Trinity Lutheran Church – First, if you are able, raise your hand over your head. Bring it behind, to your back. And pat yourself on the back. You have made it through the 5 weeks of hearing about the bread of life from chapter 6 of John’s Read More …

This Bread Will Change Your Life!

Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost, August 19, 2018, First Trinity Lutheran Church – This bread will change your life! I came across this claim as I was looking through one of my favorite cooking blogs. You see, one of my favorite ways to relax is to find a new recipe, and then give it a try Read More …

I Smell Bread

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, August 5, 2018, First Trinity Lutheran Church – Today we read in Exodus that the Israelites are traveling through the desert, hungry, tired, and cranky. It’s been six weeks since God led them out slavery, rescued them from Pharaoh, but as the old saying goes, “What have you done for me Read More …

#Blessed

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, July 15, 2018, First Trinity Lutheran Church – Please pray with me: May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, our rock and our redeemer. Amen. Good morning! I am so excited to be here this morning and Read More …

Nazareth Two by Two

Seven Sunday after Pentecost, July 8, 2018, First Trinity Lutheran Church – Even though our gospel text is from Mark, I want to start with a scene from the gospel of John. Jesus is calling his disciples. One of them describes him to a potential disciple as “Jesus of Nazareth.” “Can anything good come out Read More …