Sunday, October 28, 2012

Of Preaching and Protestantism

Author's note: This is one of three blog posts that survived the Great Blog Purge of 2014. It's been kept partly because it was the only post that someone other than me had read in the last year or so. If I had the sermon to preach over again, I might have changed a few things, but it's about the only body of work from Paths As Yet Untrodden v.1.0 that was worth keeping.

So wow.  I made my, "hey, I'm here and safe in my apartment" post, and then poof.  Radio silence for two and a half months.  Sorry about that.  It's been a busy, but a good time.  I've met people, studied, learned, taught, preached, prayed, and done a little bit of wedding planning.  (Not necessarily in that order.)  And Paths as Yet Untrodden would have likely faded and passed in to the West, were it not for a seminary colleague linking me in his blog.  But since he linked to me, I feel kind of obligated to have something up.  Maybe this will become a more regular thing, maybe not.  We'll see.

At any rate, I preached a sermon today.  Today, of course, is Reformation Sunday, when Lutherans and some other Protestants celebrate the anniversary of Martin Luther posting the 95 Theses, even though it actually happened on the 31st. So after the cut is the text of my sermon, and my attempt to honor Luther and the reformers for what they did, while still remaining relevant for the world in which we live in, which is a very different one from the world in which the Reformers lived and moved and had their being.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

My Call Story.

This is one of three posts which I kept from the Great Blog Purge of 2014. There might be an update to it later on.

Part of being a rostered leader (which is my denomination’s generic term for pastors, deacons, Associates in Ministry, and a few other positions) is discerning God’s call to ministry.  Telling one’s ‘call story’ is a long and time-honored tradition among seminarians, and eventually, after some repetition, the call story becomes something of an oral history.  I don’t think this is the first time I’ve committed mine to writing, but if I did before, I don’t know where it is.  Without further ado, my call story is behind the jump.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

So what's this all about, then?

O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. -Evangelical Lutheran Worship