CM – Mardi Gras: One way we learn to reverence God

Set apart a tithe of all the yield of your seed that is brought in yearly from the field. In the presence of the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose as a dwelling for his name, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, your wine, and your oil, as wellContinue reading “CM – Mardi Gras: One way we learn to reverence God”

Monday with Michael Spencer: On evangelicals and Dr. King

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020 This is from a piece Michael Spencer wrote in 2007, in which he complained that the day was not being celebrated well. One of his issues had to do with the attitude of the (white) evangelical church toward Dr. King. • • • I don’t like the ambiguity ofContinue reading “Monday with Michael Spencer: On evangelicals and Dr. King”

Sermon: Reign of Christ Sunday — What kind of King is this?

Sermon: Reign of Christ Sunday What kind of King is this? (Luke 22:33-43) The Lord be with you. On the church calendar, it is the last Sunday of the year, the Sunday on which we celebrate the Reign of Christ — his Kingship, his rulership over all of our lives, over all the world, overContinue reading “Sermon: Reign of Christ Sunday — What kind of King is this?”

Litany and Prayers for All Saints 2019

Litany and Prayers for All Saints 2019 This year, on All Saints Sunday, I will replace my sermon in our Lutheran church with a responsive litany, spoken with the congregation. We will follow with the Apostles’ Creed and then say special prayers for the day. May this be a day of profound and grateful remembranceContinue reading “Litany and Prayers for All Saints 2019”

American Independence Day 2019

American Independence Day 2019 On November 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln gave “remarks” at the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where a savage, decisive battle had been fought in the American Civil War. Those “remarks” have endured as a timeless statement of the American project — to establish and maintain a “nation, conceived inContinue reading “American Independence Day 2019”

Some things you might not know about Chaplain Mike…

Today is my 63rd birthday. I won’t be celebrating much this weekend, but will be on call, officiating funerals, and trying like heck to get my overgrown lawn, saturated by spring rains, mowed at last. Anyway, I thought this occasion might provide a chance to help everyone here get to know the real me aContinue reading “Some things you might not know about Chaplain Mike…”

Sermon: Christ the King Sunday 2018

Sermon: Christ the King Sunday 2018 Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ Jesus answered, ‘Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?’ Pilate replied, ‘I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chiefContinue reading “Sermon: Christ the King Sunday 2018”