Entries by Pastor Monte

Across the Divide

Proper 21C-22 Immanuel Lutheran, Chicago This is a terrifying parable. Yet, it seems fitting, somehow, for the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana. The celebration, which begins today at sundown, ushers in ten days of repentance culminating in the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur. Each is consistent with the warning of the prophet Amos in […]

Welcome for the Weary

Proper 20C-22 Immanuel Lutheran, Chicago This week I am re-reading, The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander. A book which Cornell West described as “the secular bible for a new social movement… [and] a grand wake-up call in the midst of a long slumber of indifference to the poor and vulnerable.” Released twelve years ago, […]

Hope for the Hopeless

Proper 19C-22 Immanuel Lutheran, Chicago When they were little, I sang to my kids at bedtime. Always the same three hymns, “Silent Night,” “Spirit of Gentleness,” and “Amazing Grace.” I wondered, did the words and images seem odd to them? Dad, what’s a round, yon virgin? Or a Spirit of restlessness? What dangers, toils, and […]

Living Stones

Proper 18C-22 Immanuel Lutheran, Chicago Clarence Jordan was the author of the “Cotton Patch” translation of the New Testament, and founder of the inter-racial Koinonia farm in Americus, Georgia.  As he tells it, one day, he was getting the red-carpet tour of another pastor’s church.  The pastor pointed out the rich, imported pews and luxurious […]

Dreaming Dreams

Sermon, Fifth Sunday of Easter Immanuel Lutheran Chicago May 15, 2022 Easter 5C-22 Dreaming Dreams Peter saw a vision in a trance (Acts 11:5).  John “saw a new heaven and a new earth” (Revelation 21:1).  Jesus gave the disciples a new commandment, that they should ‘love one another as he had loved them’ (John 13:34).  […]