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Rev. Jon Dunbar
May 14, 2018

Holy Spirit, Fill Your Church!

Readings for The Day of Pentecost Ezekiel 37:1-14; Acts 2:1-21; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15           A deflated balloon. A flashlight without batteries. A vehicle with an empty gas tank. Without the necessary source of energy, none of these objects can be used as intended. The same is true of a person who lacks the […]

May 7, 2018

The Church Doesn’t Quit

Readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter Acts 1:12-26; 1 John 5:9-15; John 17:11b-19 There are times in life when we all want to throw in the towel, cut bait, walk away. “This job, this project, this relationship is just…too…hard. I quit!” Now it’s true that calling it quits isn’t always a bad thing. We are justified in quitting a […]

April 29, 2018

“Be Born in Us Today”

Readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (Confirmation) Acts 10:34-48; 1 John 5:1-8; John 15:9-17           Even though it’s late spring, looking at Sunday’s readings brought to mind this line from a familiar Christmas hymn: “Cast out our sin and enter in; be born in us today.” Resist the temptation to […]

April 23, 2018

Vine and Branches

Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter Acts 8:26-40; 1 John 4:1-11; John 15:1-8      In our backyard garden is a grapevine that I spent much of last summer fussing over – weeding, watering and pruning. Now I see that sometime over the winter a curious rabbit or deer had bitten right through the main […]

April 16, 2018

Shepherd and Sheep

Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter  Acts 4:1-12; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18 In the Easter season, we reflect on the impact that Jesus and his resurrection from the grave had (and still has) on those who follow him. This Sunday is traditionally called Good Shepherd Sunday because of the Gospel lesson. There, Jesus affirms his commitment […]

April 3, 2018

It’s Always Easter

Readings for the Second Sunday of Easter Acts 4:32-35; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31      Is Easter over and done with? Perhaps it feels like it now that all the candy on store shelves is half-priced and the guests have cleared out of your home. But is Easter really over? No, it is only […]

March 26, 2018

The Year of Our Lord

Readings for The Resurrection of our Lord – Easter Day, 2018 A.D. Mark 16:1-8; Romans 6:1-9; Isaiah 25:6-9 Did you notice how I wrote the year? It’s 2018 A.D. A lot of people think that A.D. stands for “After Death” meaning the death of Jesus. But that isn’t the case. Others prefer the abbreviation CE, which stands for […]

March 19, 2018

Our Humble King

Readings for Palm Sunday John 12:12-33; Philippians 2:5-11; Zechariah 9:9-12 Some prayers are good and dangerous. “Lord, teach me patience!” is one such example. He will, but you probably won’t like His way of doing it. Another (and for the same reason) is, “Lord, make me humble!” True humility does not come naturally to any of us. […]

March 5, 2018

Look and Live!

Readings for the 4th Sunday in Lent John 3:14-21; Ephesians 2:1-10; Numbers 21:4-9 Look, and live! It certainly was strange medicine the LORD gave His people in the desert to heal them of their snake bites. Anyone who heeded His invitation to look up and behold the bronze snake-an emblem of suffering and pain- was […]

February 26, 2018

God’s Wisdom

Readings for the 3rd Sunday in Lent John 2:13-25; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Exodus 20:1-17      Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) was a world-famous mathematician and astronomer who discovered the laws of planetary motion. That’s intelligence! As it happens, Kepler was also a Lutheran theologian. About his accomplishments, he later wrote: “I was merely thinking God’s thoughts after him.” That’s wisdom!   […]

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