Posts by Pastor Duin

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Laughs and Locks

by Pastor Duin

Sermon on First Sunday after Easter April 23, 2017 Holy Humor Sunday “Laughs and Locks” John 20: 19-31 The story of doubting Thomas.  It’s the same every year.  Usually we’re on a three year cycle or lessons so you get a variety of readings each year.  Not on this Sunday.  Every year the Sunday after […]

Stone Stories

by Pastor Duin

Sermon May 14, 2017 Mother’s Day Acts 7: 55-60 Stoning of Stephen 1 Peter 2: 2-10 Living Stones John 14: 1-14 Stone Stories I want to begin with a little hymnal information this morning.  Turn please to p. 34 in the front of your hymnbook.  There you see what we call the three year lectionary.  […]

Laugh Thomas Laugh

by Pastor Duin

This is one of my favorite stories.  Most commonly it is referred to as the story of Doubting Thomas.  This is one that most of us can relate to very easily. I began the sermon however with a little bit of history.  Traditionally this Sunday after Easter has been referred to in one of two ways. 1. […]

Sermon Oct. 18 2015 James and John call “Shotgun”

by Pastor Duin

Todays Gospel comes from Mark 10: 35-45.  James and John call Jesus aside and ask for a favor.  They want to sit at Jesus’ side when he comes into glory.  I began the sermon with an illustration from the Chrismas movie classic, “The Christmas Story.”  It centers on 9 year old Ralphie who wants a […]

“Dogs and Spit”

by Pastor Duin

Blog for Sept. 6, 2015.  Mark 7: 24-37.   “Dogs and Spit” I apologize, but I’m just a tad tardy on this weeks blog.  I actually preached last Sunday.  Kind of fun and challenging lessons.  I did like my title, “Dogs and Spit.”  It reflects the two stories told for the week.  Both stories are bothersome […]

Are You Hungry

by Pastor Duin

The lesson for this Sunday follows the popular miracle reading of the feeding of the 5000.  It is the first of several Sundays focusing on Jesus as the “Bread of Life.”  In the story, the people are seeking Jesus.  When they find him, Jesus seems to know that they aren’t looking for Him, but for […]

There’s More to the Story

by Pastor Duin

The Gospel lesson for this week is the tragic and gruesome story of the beheading of John the Baptizer.  My first reaction after reading the story again was, “How do I make this family friendly?!”  Someone reminded me that even as a child, as terrible as these stories are, these are the stories that are […]

Detour Ahead

by Pastor Duin

This weekend I’m focusing on detours in life.  Little everyday detours as well as major turns and changes that force us to rearrange our lives and/or our thinking.  Think about detours in your own life, how we get annoyed with the changes to our plans. In the lesson there are several detours.  A father has […]

Trinity Sunday

by Pastor Duin

There is alot going on with our texts today  and each is filled with good stuff.  It has been difficult focusing on one particular theme this week so I’ve gone pretty broad with my sermon.  Not only is it Trinity Sunday, but it’s also Baccalaureate celebration so somehow I’d like to connect with our HS […]