Sermons, mostly by Rev. Andrew Tengwall of Hope Lutheran Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AEzekiel 18:1-4, 24-32Ezekiel's message to God's people during the time of exile speaks to how we can respond today to our history and current circumstances. This week those circumstances included the charges against the killer of Breonna Taylor, the ongoing pandemic, Rev. Lenny Duncan's call for …
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AMatthew 21:1-16Are you envious because God is generous? Jesus and Jonah show us who God is.
Fifteenth Sunday of Pentecost, Lectionary Year ARomans 14:1-12There is more than one way to follow Jesus, more than one practice that is faithful.
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year ARomans 13:8-14Matthew 18:15-20Today we hear from Jesus and Paul how to live together.
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AJeremiah 15:15-21 Romans 12:9-21 Matthew 16:21-28 Our guest preacher for this week, Shelby Condray, is a renaissance man in San Diego with a theological degree from Boston University and a passion for justice as an expression of the Gospel. His reflections on the shooting of Jacob Blake and the de…
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AThe transformation we experience in Jesus includes a renewed relationship with God, with our neighbors, and with our own bodies.
Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AMatthew 15:1-28The compassion of Jesus and the Caananite woman's persistence offer us models for how to engage in God's work in our lives.
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AMatthew 14:13-21Psalm 85: 8-13God promises good for us, and Jesus offers us a model for caring for ourselves in preparation for caring for others.
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AMatthew 14:13-21, Isaiah 55:1-5Compassion leads Jesus to feed 5000 men (plus women and children!). We trace that compassion from our reading in Isaiah to today.
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AMatthew 13:31-33, 44-52Romans 8:26-39The kingdom of heaven is like... a lot of things, many of which make sense to us while some do not.
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year ARomans 8:12-25Paul writes the good stuff in Romans, and here it is. God's promise of redemption is for our whole selves and the whole creation.
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AMatthew 13:1-9, 18-23Jesus' famous parable of the sower reminds us that we are dirt, in a good way.
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AMatthew 10:40-42Welcome, welcome, welcome. Who does the welcoming? How do we follow Jesus?
Third Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AMatthew 10:24-39Today's Gospel lesson includes Jesus bringing not peace, but a sword, as Jesus tells us how to follow him and engage in his work.
Second Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AMatthew 9:35--10:23Today we enter what the church has called "ordinary time," and it if we are to faithfully follow Jesus in this time it will not be ordinary at all.
Seventh Sunday of Easter, Lectionary Year A1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11On the eve of Memorial Day, American deaths due to COVID-19 approached 100,000. Our reading from the First Letter of Peter today gives us a good opportunity to reflect on what this milestone means for our nation. It also gives us a good starting place to reflect on how upcoming chang…
Ascension DayInspired by Festival of Homiletics preachers Rev. Lenny Duncan and Rev. Dr. William Barber II, I approached this favorite passage from the beginning of Acts with an eye toward the racialized economic and health effects of the current pandemic, and the Holy Spirit's response.
Sixth Sunday of Easter, Lectionary Year AJohn 14:15-21Today's lectionary gives me a chance to talk about some of my favorite choral music, as an example of the comfort Jesus' promises can bring in this time of pandemic and uncertainty.
PentecostActs 2:1-21Well, this week our community and then our entire country exploded in civic unrest after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd. In the middle of an ongoing pandemic. What does it mean for us to cry, "Come, Holy Spirit!" on Pentecost on a time like this?
Fourth Sunday of Easter, Lectionary Year APsalm 23Amidst a global pandemic, I was deeply grateful for the opportunity to spend a week focusing on Psalm 23, one of the great biblical texts of comfort and grace.
Third Sunday of Easter, Lectionary Year ALuke 24:13-35In the iconic story of the resurrected Jesus' walk to Emmaus, we find so many images that shape our life of faith and our worship even today. What can this familiar story teach us about how to follow Jesus in these unprecedented times?
Second Sunday of Easter, Lectionary Year AJohn 20:19-31In Jesus' appearance to the disciples in the upper room, he uses very few words to say an enormous amount about what it will mean to follow him after he has gone.
Matthew 28:1-10As a steady snow fell in Saint Paul, an unexpected group gathered online to celebrate a resurrection unlike any other, on an Easter Sunday unlike any other. What comes next, after death and resurrection, and after the current crisis of pandemic subsides? Where do we go from here?
John 13:1-35I absolutely should know better than to preach over 17 minutes in an online Zoom live worship, but here we are. Because we're missing so much these days - foot washing and Eucharist tonight, at least - I decided to look at the part of our Gospel story that is usually omitted (missing) from our lectionary reading for Maundy Thursday.…
First Sunday of Advent, Lectionary Year AMatthew 24:36-44Our guest preacher today is Deanna Bassett, candidate for ordination in the ELCA and recent graduate of Luther Seminary.
Reign of Christ Sunday, Lectionary Year CLuke 23:33-43Jesus is not the king people were expecting.
23rd Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year CLuke 21:5-19In today's Gospel lesson Jesus says even the Temple will not stand. But even then you will have the opportunity to testify.
23rd Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year CLuke 20:27-38Jesus doesn't have time for your cleverness, because he's busy with the real lives of actual people.
All Saints Sunday, Lectionary Year CLuke 6:20-31Expectations shape our experience of reality. What do we expect from God? What does God do when our expectations are broken?
Reformation SundayJohn 8:31-36This sermon got reformed pretty late in the game, so we talked about what Jesus means when he talks about freedom.
19th Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year AWhen Jacob wrestles with God, an entire people gain a new identity. What biblical stories teach us who we are, and show us where God wants us to go?
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year CGod miraculously heals Naaman of his leprosy, and it gives us a lot to talk about.
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year CLuke 16:1-13Jesus follows his confusing parable about the "dishonest manager" with the much simpler declaration, "You cannot serve God and wealth." How can this clear instruction help us see the manager as a model for our own relationship with money?…
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year CLuke 14:25-33How do we count the cost when following Jesus?
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year CGenesis 15:1-6God's promise to Abraham is such good news, then and now.
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year CLuke 12:13-21Gun violence. White supremacy. My sermon preparation on money as idolatry did a surprisingly good job of preparing me for the new sermon I had to write on Sunday morning.
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary Year CLuke 10:25-37How do YOU think we talked about the Good Samaritan story in the context of current news about separated families, ICE raids, and concentration camps?