Sermons by Rev. Don Ludwig

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On Becoming Antiracist

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“On Becoming Antiracist” Acts 10:34-46; Theme reading: Ibram X. Kendi By Rev. Don Ludwig, June 14, 2020 Introduction: One-hundred fifty years ago there was an uncivil civil war. Upon this country rests a scar. No matter how much rhetorical make-up we apply, the scar still shows. No matter how much we attempt to convince ourselves […]

The Struggle Itself

*Content Warning: Racism, Racist Slurs “The Struggle Itself” Genesis 32:22-30; Acts 2:1-4 By Rev. Don Ludwig, May 31, 2020  Wrestling with Zachariah Taylor in 1990 Many years ago, when I was substitute teaching in Sandpoint, Idaho, I was called in to teach Physical Education classes for sophomores and juniors. The teacher gave me strict instructions […]

If Any Encouragement

“If You Have Any Encouragement…” Joshua 1:5-6, Philippians 2:1-5 By Rev. Don Ludwig, May 17, 2020 Asking the Right Questions My brother and I grew up in a working-class family in the ’70-’80s. He is one year older than me. One of my favorite memories was when our family decided to move to California — […]

Touch of Transformation

“A Touch of Transformation” Mark 5: 24-34; Romans 12:1-2 Rev. Don Ludwig, May 3, 2020   Change and Story of Transformation “Change alone is unchanging.” That is wisdom from the ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus. We know that change is inevitable — in our personal lives and in the world. And whether we like the change […]

Inequities of Disaster

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“Inequities of Disaster” Luke 4:18-21; Theme Reading from C.S. Lewis, “Learning in War-Time” By Rev. Don Ludwig, April 26, 2020 Introduction: Donald Trump goes on a fact-finding visit to Israel.  While on a tour of Jerusalem he suffers a heart attack and dies.  The undertaker tells the American diplomats accompanying him, “You can have him […]

The Resiliency of Grace

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“The Resiliency of Grace” Psalms 118:1-2, 22-24; 16; John 20:24-29; and Another Voice: Lewis Smedes Introduction  In a wonderful book titled Running on Empty, Fil Anderson tells the story that had circulated around his home in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. A New York investment banker was vacationing and walked down to the pier one afternoon. […]

“Ta Da!” Easter Sunrise Meditation

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“Ta Da!” Easter Sunrise Meditation, Mark 16:1-8   A Sunday School teacher had just finished telling her third graders about how Jesus was crucified and placed in a tomb with a great stone sealing off the only way in or out. Then, wanting to share the excitement of the resurrection, and the surprise of Easter […]

An Upside-Down World: Hallelujah!

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“An Upside-Down World: Hallelujah!” Isaiah 56:7-8, Mark 11:15, Luke 4: 18-19; Theme Song: Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen, Cover) Introduction Has your world been turned upside-down? If so, Hallelujah!  Today we celebrate the calendar day of Palm Sunday. The day that Jesus enters into Jerusalem riding on a donkey.  The disciples believe that this was going to […]

Rebirth of the Soul

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“Rebirth of the Soul” By Rev. Don Ludwig, March 29, 2020 “Lockdown” A Poem by Brother Richard Hendricks; Excerpt from Parker J. Palmer, American Author and Founder of Center for Courage and Renewal; and Gospel of Thomas 32: 18b – 33  Gospel of Thomas 32: 18b – 33 Jesus says: “If those who lead you […]

Even in these days…

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“Even in these days…” Matthew 4:1-11 By Don Ludwig, March 22, 2020 Christian Reading:  Matthew 4:1-11  Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to […]