Sermons

Dead Ends

Based on Luke 15: 1-10Both my mother and my father have a horrible sense of direction. So it isn’t shocking that I inherited this trait. A few weeks ago, I conceded that my best bet at going in the right direction was to go in the opposite direction that I thought I should go. For […]

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Eating Crumbs

Based on Matthew 15: 21-28This weekend during my message at The Land I shared that, about a month ago, after sixteen years of marriage, my husband and I separated. As things were unfolding, I had been quite certain that this was news unnecessary to share publicly. It wasn’t going to impact my ability to do my […]

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Praying for a Partner

Based on Luke 12: 32-40 A few months ago, I caved into peer pressure and spent the twelve dollars to take the enneagram test. Turns out, I am a six which is labelled as the Loyalist. Like all of the categories in the enneagram, there are positive attributes and less positive attributes. For example, the first […]

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The Greatest Greed

Based on Luke 12: 13-21It feels short-sighted and incredibly selfish, to be exhausted by yet another tragedy that has barely skimmed the surface of my own life. Still, preaching another sermon around the issues of gun violence in our nation feels like walking through cement slowly drying. Each tragedy resulting in a message that becomes […]

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My Prairie Prayer

I was blessed to preach at The Land’s parent church this Sunday. Below is the message and video I shared with the people of Hope United Methodist Church. Ultimately, for me, this message is a recognition of the ways in which people from Hope UMC answered their doors before I knocked and offered help without […]

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The God We Once Knew

Sunday marked the end of The Land’s year-long preaching tour. Though the overall goal was to communicate the vision of The Land, telling the story was a task I never mastered. The question people wanted to know, I couldn’t figure out how to fit into a sermon: “How did the Land become, The Land?” With gratitude that […]

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Falling in Love

Inspired by Luke 10:1-11; 16-20Ten years ago I participated in my first (and only) international mission trip. As part of a Conference organized mission trip, my youth group, along with several other youth groups, flew to the Bahamas for an entry level experience into international missions. Since this was a Conference sponsored event, I was […]

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The Great Forgetting

Inspired by Luke 8:26-39On August 29, 2011 I found myself hiking in the arid desert space that lives like a sea between the borders of Mexico and the United States. Beginning before dawn to limit our exposure to the scorching summer temperatures, my fellow hikers and I packed up and headed out to walk in […]

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Happy Birthdays

Inspired by Ephesians 3: 23-28It wasn’t until my only daughter’s first birthday that I began to appreciate birthdays. There was something about driving this non-verbal human, weighing less than 10lbs, home from the hospital just hours after giving birth that awakened me to the miracle that each birthday represents.  Even when this stage of overwhelming […]

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A Quiet Offering

Any frustration from the redundancy of John’s lectionary over the past month is now easily forgiven with the reception of an introvert’s Pentecost party this week. While the book of Acts announces Pentecost in a similar fashion of a child’s Chuck-E-Cheese birthday party or a college student’s all-night rave, John’s Pentecost is likely a librarian’s […]

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