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No Fair!

Proper 20A-20 Immanuel Lutheran, Chicago “So, the last will be first and the first last” (Matthew 20:16). These words of Jesus spark either outrage or rejoicing depending upon your place in line. I know I’ve had both reactions. From the end of the line, the back of the bus, the wrong side of the tracks, […]

Good News

Proper 18A-20 Immanuel Lutheran, Chicago God said to Moses, “…I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt…I am the Lord.” (Exodus 12:12) Whether or not the gospel sounds like good news depends on your point of view. It certainly did not […]

True North?

Proper 17A-20 Immanuel Lutheran, Chicago “The Lord said [to Moses], ‘I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, 8and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians…’ (Exodus 3:7, 8). God is touched by […]

Keys to the Future

Proper 16A-20 Immanuel Lutheran, Chicago It looked bad for the Israelites. Once they were welcomed guests. Now they were feared aliens and oppressed slaves. A new king rose up in Egypt who did know Joseph nor remember how he once saved the nation from famine (Exodus 1:8). Imagine a ruler, wishing to solidify his political […]

God’s Great Gamble

Proper 15A-20 Immanuel Lutheran, Chicago They lied, conspired, and hid their crime telling Jacob, their father, Joseph was dead. ‘Probably he was killed by a wild animal,’ they said (Genesis 37:33). No one would blame him for hating his brothers. No one could expect him to forgive them. Yet, as we read, Joseph chose love […]

“Live So As to Get Kicked Out”

Proper 12A-20 Immanuel Lutheran, Chicago You’ve heard of United States Representative, civil rights leader, and conscience of the Congress, the late John Lewis, and of Bloody Sunday, the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma Alabama on March 7, 1965 which lead to passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. No doubt you […]

Weeds into Wheat

Proper 11A-20 Immanuel Lutheran, Chicago COVID-19 is on the rise in Chicago among 18 to 29-year-olds. This week, Mayor Lightfoot threatened to be the mom who would stop the car and make kids walk home if they didn’t take the virus and the public health more seriously. “We are at the precipice,” she said. “We […]

Seed and Soil

Proper 10A-20 Immanuel Lutheran, Chicago We have green beans! These are the first fruits of the season from my backyard. We always had a garden when I was growing up. I remember eating tomatoes and vegetables, like this, straight from the vine. A few years back I bought, cut, and screwed together some 2” X […]

A New Birth of Freedom

Proper 9A-20 Immanuel Lutheran, Chicago 12 score and 2 years ago our ancestors brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. “All men,” of course, referred narrowly only to people of that same gender, who were white, who had lived on […]

Test Your Faith, Stop the Killing

Proper 8A-20 Immanuel Lutheran, Chicago Put ourselves in Abraham’s sandals. God said, “Abraham!” And Abraham said, “Here I am.” God said, ‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, the one I promised you, the one you waited nearly your whole life for, the son whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and […]