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Getting ready for Jesus, not just Christmas

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on December 11, 2017 at 4:30 PM

2 Peter 3:8-15

Mark 1:1-8

Every Thursday on campus, our ministry stands out with a big sign on campus asking a question to get to know our Towson community. And this week’s question was about which holiday tradition we were most looking forward to. And one of our students told me that what she likes the best is how her mom changes out all the lights to make them softer so that everything is cozy at Christmas. That’s how we like to prepare for Christmas- especia...

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Being first-responders in a fear-filled world

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on December 4, 2017 at 2:20 PM

Mark 13:24-37


There are wars rumors of war. Earthquakes and famines. Stars and sun and moon are failing to give their light. The world is falling apart and it seems like the end is near. Welcome to the new year in the church!

 

Every single year, we this is how we begin- with a reminder of the chaos that will happen to our world. And some years we don’t really need this reminder, do we? It feels like our world is in chaos already. I...

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Does what we do matter? A sermon on trying to be a sheep

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on November 27, 2017 at 11:55 AM

A sermon on Matthew 25:31-46


Christ is King! This is our proclamation today- to the world and probably more even more so to ourselves and our brothers and sisters sitting with us. Jesus is the only true ruler of our lives. And in the world. When the politics in our own country sadden us and anger us and cause us to despair some days. When we see extremist groups attacking and killing in mosques and in markets. When the rich get richer while those without money suf...

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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