Posts by Joe Skogmo

Live Joyously, Live Dangerously

Stained Glass Window, St John the Baptist Church, Scampton” by Jules & Jenny via Flickr licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Pentecost 8 | 07.15.2018 | Mark 6:14-29 What we learn from the heavy story of John the Baptist is that sincerely following Jesus is sacrificial, that…

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Weakness is Power

[*Featured Image: Gertrud Mueller Nelson, Sundays and Seasons: Year B 2018 (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2017), 220.] Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Pentecost 7 | 07.08.2018 | 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 First and foremost, in this Corinthian text, it might be our immediate desire to focus on the supernatural. We have a love for…

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We All Need Rest – A Divine Command and a Biblical Tradition

Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Pentecost 6 | 07.01.2018 | On Sabbath – Exodus 20; Mark 2; Mark 6 Here are some notes from June 10th, 2018, while I was on ‘parental leave’: This past weekend I went home to Detroit Lakes with my wife and two boys (and Iggy). Friday…

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To Give Anything Less than Love…

Stephen Harris, A Student’s Introduction to the New Testament (2006), 362. Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Pentecost 2 | 06.03.2018 | 1 Corinthians 13:1-9a Paul’s community in the city of Corinth was in a moment of fractured crisis. As their pastor, Paul wrote a letter in direct response to the disunity that his…

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Things Looking Bleak? God Makes All Things New

[Cover Art: Gail Ramshaw, Sundays and Seasons: Year A 2017 (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2016), 117.] Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Day of Pentecost | 05.20.2018 | John 15 & 16 I cannot think of a better day to have Confirmation Sunday than on the Pentecost. The day of the original Pentecost…

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Dudes, Abide…

Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Easter 5 | 04.29.2018 | John 15:1-8 Again this week, our Gospel text continues with Jesus’ multiple “I am” statements. Remember, with these “I am” statements, Jesus is getting his audience to more fully understand who he is, what he is about, and what that all…

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Butchers and Shepherds

“Sheep & Shepherd” Image by Ole Husby via Flickr licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Easter 4 | 04.22.2018 | John 10:11-18   Our Gospel text comes at a time in Jesus’ story where he delivers multiple “I am” statements. These are powerful because they recall God…

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Doubt: a Sacred Gift for Faith

Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Easter 3 | 04.15.2018 | Luke 24:36b-48 I have doubt. I doubt the resurrection. I doubt Christianity. I doubt the existence of God. I doubt meaning. I have doubt. Today we’re going to talk about that. We’re going to acknowledge that doubt exists within our belief.…

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Against All Odds, We are Never Finished

Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Easter 1 – Resurrection of Our Lord | 04.01.2018 | Mark 16:1-8    The Gospel we just heard…the ending is a bit underwhelming compared to the festive nature of Easter morning, isn’t it?—at least at first glance.   Take another look: Jesus had risen from the…

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Palm Branches and Power

Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Lowry, MN Palm Sunday | 03.25.2018 | Mark 11:1-11 The kids’ procession with the palm branches for this Palm Sunday is cute. Maybe a little TOO cute. To be sure, I think it is important for kids to be involved with and take ownership over worship. They…

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