Category: Genesis

Lessons From the Garden

Speaker: Pastor John Strommen | September 13, 2020

We learn in this memorable lesson that we are made from “Adamah,” which means dirt, dust. We are from the earth – an animal, a creature. The name Adam is taken from this root word....

Category: Matthew


Speaker: Pastor Dave Olson | September 08, 2020

About six weeks ago, Pastor John asked me if I could cover for him today. I told him I’d be glad to do so. Then when I read the assigned readings, I thought to myself,...

Category: Matthew

Rock and Stumbling Block Both

Speaker: Pastor John Strommen | August 31, 2020

Those of you from my era or older may remember Jim Marshal of the Minnesota Vikings. He was a great player, one of the “rocks” from those classic Viking teams – the Super Bowl Viking...

Category: Romans

A Sermon About Dogs

Speaker: Pastor John Strommen | August 23, 2020

“It’s not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” The pivotal quote from our lesson today. Funny thing is, as children, many of us probably snuck food from the table...

Category: Matthew

Do You Believe in Ghosts?

Speaker: Pastor John Strommen | August 09, 2020

Ever wish you could take it back? When my older brother, Jim, was 13 or 14, he had a few issues with attitude. One time, he commented unfavorably on mom’s cooking, suggesting dog food might...

Category: Matthew

Finding Feasts in the Wilderness

Speaker: Pastor John Strommen | August 02, 2020

I’ll never forget the experience of having completed a week at Camp Christikon in Montana with 35 junior high kids. We had just had a great week in the mountains and were now heading home...

Category: Matthew

The Hidden and the Small

Speaker: Pastor John Strommen | July 27, 2020

So, how do you like today’s rapid-fire images of the what the kingdom of heaven is like? This is a great topic, because people of faith are often mystified by what the kingdom of heaven...

Category: Matthew

Time We Talk About Weed

Speaker: Pastor John Strommen | July 19, 2020

As I reflect on this text today of the wheat and the weeds, I remember well when my then 5-year-old son, Thomas, was first coming to grips with the fact that there were bad people...

Category: Matthew

Life Itself Can Be Good Soil

Speaker: Pastor John Strommen | July 12, 2020

So, what does it take for something to grow? A farmer or a gardener is preoccupied with this question. So, too, are people of faith. How does faith grow? This is the question behind the...

Category: Matthew

Minneapolis Area Synod Gathering

Speaker: Pastor Kelly Chatman | July 05, 2020

Grace, peace, and mercy from God, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, amen. Good morning. I want to begin with a thank you to Bishop Svennungsen for this opportunity to serve as your preacher this...