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Listen to sermons from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Mar 29, 2016

We all hope for a better world; a less violent world; a world with fewer tears and less grief. Those hopes can often seem remote and impossible. This was true for the women who found the tomb of Jesus empty. But then they remembered the promises and the promise-maker. Then they saw that death did not have the final word,...

Mar 21, 2016

As Jesus enters Jerusalem, his disciples sing his praises. Some, perhaps from fear or disagreement, call for them to be quiet and shut up about this Messiah. The crucifixion is an attempt to silence Jesus, but he keeps saying things to provoke right to the end. The world still seeks to silence the word of grace,...

Mar 17, 2016

The Sin of Entitlement

When we think of entitlement, my mind goes directly to government programs like Social Security, Unemployment Compensation and others. Those are programs that help so many people. But if I look past these superficial examples of entitlement and dig a little deeper, I find that entitlement is...

Mar 15, 2016

When Mary empties a year’s wages on Jesus' feet to anoint him for death, it seems to some a disgraceful act of over-the-top generosity. Mary, however, learned generosity from Jesus Christ, who had a knack for abundance that overflowed into the life of the world. Following his lead may in fact lead to some acts...

Mar 10, 2016

Busy, Busy, Busy. It seems like we are always busy spending our time on everything but what Jesus calls the most important thing – sitting at his feet and listening to him. Hear my confession and recall the story of busy Martha and her sister Mary.