Posts by Joe Skogmo

Jesus Hits the Back 9

“Church of Transfiguration- Mosaic” Image by  Israeltourism via Flickr licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Transfiguration of Our Lord | 02.11.2018 | Mark 9:2-9 The Transfiguration is an inexplicable event. It is beyond explanation. One thing, however, we might be able to understand is how the Transfiguration…

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‘And She Began to Serve…’

“Serving…” Image by Max Wei via Flickr licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Epiphany 5 | 02.04.2018 | Mark 1:29-34 This story has in it an event of healing. I say it that way purposefully. This is not a healing story. …but it is a story with a…

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Daunting Words: ‘Follow Me.’

Aquaculture Image by Emil Athanasiou via Flickr licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Epiphany 3/4 | 01.21.2018/1.28.2018 | Mark 1:14-20 “Follow me” (Mark 1:17). I’m not sure there are any verses in Scripture that are so succinct yet enormous as those two words. “Follow me” are some Jesus’…

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Christianity and the Body

(PHOTO: Stephen L. Harris, New Testament: A Student’s Introduction, 5th ed. (Boston: McGraw-Hill Companies, 2006), 367.)   Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN 01.14.2018 – Epiphany 2 – 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 “All things are lawful for me.” (1 Corinthians 6:12)…was the smug response which Paul received from the Corinthians when he questioned…

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What’s in a Name?

Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Name of Jesus 01.07.2018 | Luke 2:15-21 What is in a name? Today we observe the ‘Name of Jesus’ holy day. We aren’t perfectly lining up with the actual time of year we’re supposed to observe and celebrate this holy day, but I have always wanted…

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Divine Interruption

Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Christmas Eve – The Nativity of our Lord | 12.24.2017 | Luke 2:1-20 How do you feel about getting interrupted? I can’t stand it. My sister, Beth, interrupts me every other syllable (full disclosure: I am not at all innocent when it comes to interrupting people,…

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Out with the Old, In with the Old

Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Advent 2 | 12.10.2017 | Mark 1:1-8 Remember last week when we summarized the Old Testament with the history Israel? Remember when the question was asked, “So, what is the point of knowing/telling that story?” If not, or if you weren’t here, here’s one point that…

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Advent Old Testament Review

Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Advent 1 | 12.03.2017 | Psalm 80:1-7, 19 Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved. –Psalm 80:3 Welcome to Advent! Ever since I was a little kid I loved Advent. I mean don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t some weird…

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Luther League 2nd Annual Jubilee

LUTHER LEAGUE JUBILEE 2017: Based on an Old Testament tradition recorded in the 25th chapter of Leviticus, and because our youth had a surplus in 2017, they were able to celebrate their second annual “Jubilee”! This year’s Jubilee totaled $600. After their last youth group meeting the kids decided to send $200 to each of…

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God’s Anger

Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Pentecost 23 | 11.12.2017 | Amos 5:18-24 21 I hate, I despise your festivals,    and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. … 23 Take away from me the noise of your songs;    I will not listen to the melody of your harps. -Amos 5:21,…

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