Entries tagged with ‘Christ Chapel’

Choosing a College for a Common Good

This article was first published on the Huffington Post, and can be found at the following link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brian-e-konkol/choosing-a-college-for-a-_b_11295676.html? — Before asking “where” or even “how much will it cost”, perhaps it is most worthwhile to first consider “why” when choosing a college. Why college? For starters, one should challenge the common assumption that campuses are mere […]

Jesus was a Refugee. Jesus is a Refugee.

* The following text is taken from a homily given in Christ Chapel, on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN), on February 7, 2017. Please note that the below manuscript was written with the intention to be heard, not read, thus the various grammatical choices were made with an emphasis on the ear, not […]

“Holy Crap” (2016 Commencement Day Baccalaureate Sermon)

The following recording (see link below) is Chaplain Brian Konkol’s 2016 Commencement Day Baccalaureate sermon, “Holy Crap”, given in Christ Chapel on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN) on May 29, 2016. The preaching text is Matthew 28:16-20.  The Rev. Dr. Brian E. Konkol serves as Chaplain of the College, teaches in the Peace Studies program and Three […]

The Scandal of God’s Criminal Justice is Forgiveness

The following homily was published with the Huffington Post on April 12, 2016, and taken from a homily given in Christ Chapel, on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN) on April 11, 2016. The 2nd Chapter of Matthew’s Gospel holds a most horrific story, as it shares a section of Scripture that […]

Conflict is Life and Listening is Living

  * The following text is taken from a homily given in Christ Chapel, on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN), on March 7, 2016. Please note that the below manuscript was written with the intention for it to be heard, not read, thus the various grammatical choices were made with an […]

When Good is Not Common

* The following text is taken from a sermon given in Christ Chapel, on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN), on February 14, 2016, for the First Sunday in the Season of Lent. Please note that the below manuscript was written with the intention for it to be heard, not read, thus […]

Do Not Be Afraid?

* The following transcript is from a homily given in Christ Chapel, based on Matthew 14:27, on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minnesota) on September 21, 2015. Please note that the below manuscript was written with the intention for it to be heard, not read, thus the various grammatical choices (which are […]

Illuminating the Mission: 7 Days – 7 Pages: Office of the Chaplains to turn a page of The Saint John’s Bible in Christ Chapel each day of Pope Francis’ historic visit to North America (September 21-27, 2015)

As a symbol of unity and hospitality, the Office of the Chaplains will join schools, churches, libraries and hospitals in “Illuminating the Mission: 7 Days – 7 Pages” Beginning on Monday, Sept. 21, and each day of Pope Francis’s historic visit to North America, the Office of the Chaplains at Gustavus Adolphus College will join […]

Coming Out of the Closet

* The following transcript is from a sermon given in Christ Chapel, on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minnesota), to welcome the incoming Class of 2019 on September 6, 2015. Please note that the below manuscript was written with the intention for it to be heard, not read, thus the various grammatical choices (which […]

The Path of Accompaniment: Presence and Presents (A Family Weekend Message)

The following is a transcript from October 12, 2014, in Christ Chapel of Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN). As part of a Service of Holy Communion for Family Weekend, the following sermon considers Matthew 14:13-21. Let us pray. Help us to live, O God, with the grace of falling leaves, the serenity of old […]