June 19, 2019

Sermon: Epiphany IV – It’s All About Blessing

SERMON: It’s All About Blessing When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:  ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be […]

Epiphany IV: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture to see larger image) • • • EPIPHANY IV Bach Cantata BWV 14, “If God were not with us at this time” BWV 14 is one of the latest extant Bach cantatas we have, dating from Jan. 30, 1735. The text’s constantly recurring theme is the need of God′s protection against our enemies. […]

Another Look: My Ambiguous Apologetic

I confess. I have no apologetic. There is no defending God. There is no proving his way is right. To do so would require that I understand God, that I can substantiate the claims of truth my faith calls me to hold. I can explain what I believe well enough. I can demonstrate to a […]

Sermon: Epiphany III – What Is It About Jesus?

SERMON: What Is It About Jesus? Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: ‘Land of Zebulun, land […]

Epiphany III: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture to see larger image) • • • EPIPHANY III Bach Cantata BWV 72, “Everything according to God’s Will” This is one of four Bach cantatas we have for the third Sunday after Epiphany. It emphasizes the believer’s effort to accept that God’s will is ultimately good, no matter how many dark passages […]

Sermon: Epiphany II – There’s No Place Like Home

Note from CM: I will be moving our weekly sermon from Mondays to Sunday afternoons for awhile, to create more space for other things. So we will have both a cantata post in the morning and a sermon post in the afternoon on Sundays. ✥ Sermon: “There’s No Place Like Home” The next day he […]

Epiphany II: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture to see larger image) • • • EPIPHANY II Bach Cantata BWV 155, “My God, how long? How long?” This cantata for the second Sunday in Epiphany, like Bach’s other works for this Sunday (BWV 3, 13), emphasizes spiritual distress and its resolution in Christ. The Gospel for the morning in Bach’s […]

Sermon: Epiphany I – The Season of Making Jesus Known

Sermon: Epiphany I The Season of Making Jesus Known Here is my servant, whom I uphold,     my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him;     he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice,     or make it heard in the street; a […]

Epiphany I: Pic & Cantata of the Week

(Click on picture to see larger image) • • • EPIPHANY I Bach Cantata BWV 154, “My Dearest Jesus Is Lost” In Bach’s day, the Gospel reading for the first Sunday in Epiphany was Luke’s story of the boy Jesus in the Temple. The Epistle was from Romans 12, which admonishes believers to present our […]

The Hidden God Revealed

Truly, you are a God who hides himself, O God of Israel, the Savior. (Isa. 45:15) No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known. (John 1:18) * * * I love the posture and the expression on the face […]