What is the Sabbath Good For?

What do you do when you don’t have to do anything? Do you stay in bed? Watch television? Read a book? Go for a walk? Call a friend? Cook yourself a meal? Go out to dinner? How do you feel when you don’t have to do anything? Do you feel anxious? Excited? Blissful?...

What No One Can See

It is written in several places in the New Testament, in the Gospel and Letters of John, that no one has ever seen God. As I mentioned several weeks ago, one awkward fact about these passages is that there are several episodes in the Old Testament where human beings...

I Prophesied as I Had Been Commanded

Once upon a time, there was a man named Ezekiel. Ezekiel was born and grew up in Jerusalem, in the kingdom of Judah. Ezekiel’s parents taught him the religion of their ancestors: the worship of the God of Israel. From his parents and from his teachers, from the...

Faith Conquers All

1 John 5:1-6, John 15:9-17 Dear friends in Christ, grace to you and peace from God our Father and from our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. The Gospel of John and the Letters of John were all written, if not by the same person, then by members of the same...

How to See God

5th Sunday of Easter 1 John 4:7-21   “No one has ever seen God,” it is written.  “No one has ever seen God.” This seems a straightforward statement.  God is beyond human seeing and beyond human understanding.  The present-day version of “seeing God” might be more akin...

How to recognize an Antichrist

Fourth Sunday of Easter 1 John 3:16-4:4 Dear friends in Christ, grace to you and peace from God our Father and from our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. Lutherans, and Lutheranism, don’t make the news too frequently, so for me anyway it’s pretty memorable...