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God is beginning a new thing... in the wilderness

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on December 7, 2020 at 9:50 AM

Mark 1:1-8

 

“The beginning of the good news.” Those are the first words of the Gospel of Mark. Which sets us out with hope. And then in walks a man that wears scratchy camel’s hair and eats bugs inviting folks to join him in the wilderness. Which doesn’t seem like the easiest of beginnings. Not like the angels that appear to talk to Mary or Joseph is some of the other gospels. Getting ready for Christmas is supposed to be filled with light...

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Just keep swimming

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on November 30, 2020 at 10:35 AM

Mark 13:24-37

 

Stars and sun and moon are failing to give their light. The heavens are in disarray. Right before our gospel lesson, Jesus said there will be earthquakes and famines and wars. The world is falling apart. Every single year, this is how we begin a new church year. With talk about the end of days and all the chaos that will happen in our world before Jesus returns.

 

And most years, it’s a big downer to start off Advent with all...

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Showing mercy just because

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on November 23, 2020 at 9:35 AM

Matthew 25:31-46

 

OK- so how many of you have a list going in your minds right now? How many of you are starting to count up the times you’ve cared for those who were sick or given water to folks asking for it in the heat of the summer? And how many of you are remembering all the times when you ignored your neighbor when they asked for food or thought it was too much work to write to someone in prison? And now, how many of you have both lists in your head righ...

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Put on your armor to help a wobbly world

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on November 17, 2020 at 12:25 AM

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

 

Stay awake and keep vigilant, Paul tells us in that letter to the Thessalonians. For the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. Sounds a little ominous, doesn’t it? And that’s the least scary of the 3 lessons today! November is the month in the church where we read about the end of days and this morning Paul is telling us- ok, don’t panic, but since Jesus is coming when NO ONE expects- just stay awake and vigil...

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Get ready for the wait

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on November 9, 2020 at 10:25 AM

Matthew 25:1-13


 

After a week spent impatiently refreshing web pages to see when we would have an answer about our election, it a little funny to hear this parable form Jesus this morning, where he tell us to get ready for a long wait in the darkness!

 

Because waiting is something we don't do all that well- as American or as humans in general.  Because waiting is hard.  Well, maybe not too hard at the beginning. When you start wait...

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Listen to the song of the saints

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on November 3, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Mathew 5:1-12

 

Blessed All Saints Day! It’s a little different this year, but at least we still get to joyfully remember those who rest in God. We’ll miss our traditions. I’ll miss them, too. For the past 8 years, All Saints Day has meant gathering at the table with my students. If we could gather in person this year, we’d be setting out the tablecloth that we’ve been adding names to for the past 8 years- the names of those we have lov...

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On God and the government

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on October 21, 2020 at 1:50 PM

Matthew 22:15-22

 

“Is it lawful to pay taxes or not?” the religious leaders come asking. Because in Jesus’ day, this kind of question made you take sides and the leaders were trying to ask trick him into saying something that would get him hated by one group of people or the other.

 

You see, this tax was an annual reminder for the Jewish people that they were ruled by the occupying Romans and every coin they gave supported a regim...

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Change out of your sweatpants and put on the weddng robe!

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on October 12, 2020 at 8:55 AM

A sermon on Matthew 22:1-14


 

Having watched enough wedding show on TV, I know that this parable is not how wedding celebrations are supposed to go. Especially not ROYAL wedding celebrations. They’re supposed to be over the top celebrations where everyone wants to be- to eat the free food and to be seen by the important people. But Jesus tells a story that doesn’t make sense- w...

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Being reasonable is not enough when it comes to forgiveness

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on September 14, 2020 at 1:35 PM

Matthew 18:21-35


 

When is enough finally, enough, Jesus? That’s what Peter’s asking this morning. Fresh off hearing how we’re invited to confront our siblings in Christ when they have harmed us and welcome they back if they change their ways, Peter says what some of us were thinking.

 

So Jesus, um, some people mess up A LOT. They keep doing the same stupid thing over and over. And they don’t get any better. It̵...

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Owe no one anything, except to love one another

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on September 7, 2020 at 3:20 PM

Romans 13:8-14

Matthew 18:15-20


Owe no one anything, except to love one another. That’s what the apostle Paul says in the book of Romans this morning. This is the whole law summed up. In a world full of laws and obligations, we followers of Jesus have just one responsibility to each other. Just love.


Which seems too simple, doesn’t it? I mean, we have a whole Bible full of stories and laws. We have all those confusing parab...

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