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Jesus leads us out of abuse and the places that trap us

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on May 9, 2017 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (5)

John 10:1-10

1 Peter 2:19-25


It’s Good Shepherd Sunday- a time when pastors talk about Jesus’ desire to protect and lead us in this life. To call us back when we’re going astray and keep us on the pathways that lead to life. The one who carries us on his shoulders when we have been beat up by the world. It’s a nice thing to get to preach on, a comforting reality. And I’ve got a great story about how stupid sheep can be and ...

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Walking the road to Emmaus with Jesus

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on May 2, 2017 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Luke 24:13-35

“We had hoped. . . “ That’s what the followers of Jesus said as they walked back to Emmaus. They were walking slowly- the way you do when you’ve got nothing to look forward to where you’re headed. We had hoped that this would turn out differently, they said to each other. And when a stranger starts to walk the road with them and asks them why their steps are so slow, these two say, “we bet all our hope on Jesus and w...

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Day 6: Lumbee history, social transformation and being sent home differently

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on March 24, 2017 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

We started our last day of the trip at the Indian Education Center and then stayed busy the entire day, thanks to our guide Mac who we are convinced knows everyone in town. He has dedicated his life to this community and loves the people and the place desperately. And we were privileged to have him share his passion with us.


We delved a little deeper into the history of American Indian When Andrew Jackson moved others during the Indian Removal Act, the Lumbee were allowed...

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Day 5: The challenges to community (and building some shelves)

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on March 23, 2017 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

This morning started back at the Church and Community Center, finishing up insulating the walls so a group from Charlotte, NC can hang sheetrock on Friday. The rest of our group learned by MUCH trial and error how to assemble metal shelves from piles of supplies in a warehouse. They are old shelves form a discount store that will now hold groceries for the food pantry. There is something healing about building something with your hands and seeing a tangible promise that this building will ...

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Day 4: Rivers, campfires and long-term recovery

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on March 22, 2017 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)

With weather gettng up to the 80s, we took a day to enjoy the beauty of God's creation.  We spent the morning floating down a part of the Lumber River and eating lunch at River Way. Mac Legerton, our guide, runs River Way environmental center and it also serves as an income generator for the Center for Community Action that he runs.  It was a great day to be paddling, despite our less-than-great steering skills, and a great day to be singing on the river.  The beauty of the riv...

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Day 3: Raising a fence, installing insulation, and dancing- it's all about community!

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on March 21, 2017 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Community- that's the word that came up over and over as the students' reflected on their day.  It was everywhere and it was beautiful.

We began the day at the Lumber River, which we'll be floating down tomorrow.  We joined our guide Mac at the River Way environmental center where he asked us to try something he didn't know was possible.  The fence of the center had been knocked down by a tornado that came through and he didn't know if it could be saved. ...

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Day 2: Hospitality to outsiders, life-giving water and waters that destroy

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on March 20, 2017 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Years ago, a circuit-rider would bring preaching and communion to congregations whenever they were in the area of a church without a pastor.  And when two Lutheran pastors happen to be passing through the only Lutheran congregation in Robeson county and they happen to be without a pastor, we stop in to preach, preside and bring along students to help lead worship, too.  It was a joy to be among God's people at worship this morning and to hear Pastor Ray preach about this Jesus who m...

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Day 1: Pembroke, Pow-wow and Mr. P's SkateWorld

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on March 19, 2017 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

We left this morning from Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Petersburg Virginia, where Pastor Paul Christian let us stay for the night.  Paul was an intern at St. Paul's in Lutherville, just a few miles from Towson, back in 2009-2010 and now our paths crossed again.  On the floor of the church right before the entrance to the sanctuary was an engraved stone reminding us, "nor shout, nor rush, but hush- God is here."  Good reminders of the days ahead.  Don't hurry too much...

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Seeing Jesus when others only see healing

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on October 11, 2016 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Sermon on Luke 17:11-19

Ok, so I never much like this story of the 10 lepers who were healed and the one who returnd to Jesus to say thank you.  Not because it's a bad story, but because I think it’s easy and too moralistic to really struggle with.  And I like Jesus stories that make you struggle.  this is one where you ust nod your head.   “Jesus wants you to say thank you” seems too simplistic a message, even though it’s something I te...

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Add faith to us!

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on October 4, 2016 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Luke 17:1-10


“Increase our faith!” I don’t know if we usually use these words, but I bet that many of us have prayed for God to make us strong enough for something that seems way more than we’re capable of. Increase our faith, God, we ask, even if we’re not sure we fully believe God will show up, because we know how strong we are on our own and it’s not going to be enough.


And the disciples today have just hear...

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