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What Jesus Wants for His Churches

Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Easter 5 | 05.19.2019 | John 13 P: The Holy Gospel according to John the Thirteenth Chapter… C: Glory to you, O Lord. Before we enter into the gospel, I want bookend all this with a question we don’t always think to ask: if we are…

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God is Not the Butcher

Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Easter 4 | 05.12.2019 | John 10:22-30 Today is the Sunday in the liturgical year that is often called, “Good Shepherd Sunday.” Now, I’ve told this story before, but I almost cannot NOT tell this story when this passage comes and Good Shepherd Sunday comes around.…

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I Deny the Resurrection

Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Easter 3 | 05.05.2019 | John 21:1-17 Somebody said to me… ‘Do you deny the resurrection [of Jesus]?’ I went, ‘Okay, this is time to fess up. Yes…I do. Of course, I do. I do deny the resurrection!…EVERY TIME I DO NOT SERVE MY NEIGHBOR, EVERY…

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Relief: “Then They Remembered His Words…”

Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Easter Sunday | 04.21.2019 | Luke 24:1-12 Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber tweeted this out last year: clergy & church workers, here’s our yearly reminder: Jesus will rise from the dead even if you forgot to print out the right hymns, even if the lilies arrive already wilted,…

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The Parable of the Rule Breaking Family

Pastor Joe Skogmo St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Lowry, MN Lent 4 | 03.31.2016 | Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 Today’s is one of Jesus’ most famous parables, commonly known as the Parable of the Prodigal Son. There’s always a danger in labeling Jesus’ parables. For instance, The Prodigal Son means the reckless or wasteful or lost son,…

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The Trial of Jesus from a Lawyer’s Perspective on Wednesday, April 10

During the Wednesday, April 10 Lenten service, we will be treated to guest speaker Tim Godfrey’s The Trial of Jesus from a Lawyer’s Perspective. This presentation focuses on the trial of Jesus at the hands of the religious and civil authorities in Jerusalem. It draws upon the narrative of scripture, from a legal perspective, including…

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