June 16, 2019

Things I’ve Learned about Psalm 23

Things I’ve Learned about Psalm 23 A psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me to water in places of repose; He renews my life; He guides me in right paths as befits His name. Though I walk through a valley […]

Sunday with Michael Spencer: A Jesus Prayer

Sunday with Michael Spencer A Jesus Prayer Jesus, you don’t build institutions. You don’t write catechisms. Or Systematic Theologies. Or critiques of someone’s theology or refutations of their catechism. You don’t have a blog. You don’t moderate debates. You are the bread of life who gives himself for the salvation of the world. You are […]

Easter Monday 2019: A Quiet, Personal Easter

Easter Monday A Quiet, Personal Easter If there is ever a day when the church goes all out, it’s on Easter Sunday. And this is as it should be. From the earliest days of the church, the Sunday of the resurrection has been the primary festive occasion of the church. The resurrection is the very […]

Funeral Sermon: A Day Like Holy Saturday

Funeral Sermon: A Day Like Holy Saturday Preached on the Occasion of a Young Adult’s Suicide The worst isn’t the last thing about the world. It’s the next to the last thing. The last thing is the best. It’s the power from on high that comes down into the world, that wells up from the […]

Transfiguration: Worship is for life, not life for worship

Transfiguration Worship is for life, not life for worship If worship is a retreat, in other words, it is not a retreat from the world but a retreat in order to come back to the world in love, mercy and grace. • David Lose Today we conclude our series on “Why We Worship Like We […]

Epiphany 7: Daily and Weekly Worship

Sermon: Epiphany 7 Daily and Weekly Worship Life has its rhythms. Last time we talked about the annual rhythm of the Church Year. From November to June, we live in the story of Jesus — his coming at Advent and Christmas, his life and ministry through which he revealed God’s glory in Epiphany, his call […]

Sermon: Epiphany 6 — Scattering to Serve

Note from CM: Rather than publish my entire sermon this week, I thought it might be good for you to see a sample of the inserts that I have been providing during the current preaching series. I supply these each week so that the people will have something to take home and reflect upon. I […]

Epiphany 4: Gathering at God’s House and Conversing with Our Host

Epiphany 4 Sermon Gathering at God’s House and Conversing with Our Host We come together for the reading and discussing of the sacred writings, as any quality of the present time gives occasion for fore-warning or for recollection. In any case, with the holy words we feed faith, we set up hope, we build trust, […]

Epiphany: Worship Is Sunday Dinner

Sermon: Worship Is Sunday Dinner (Epiphany) To the bath and the table, To the prayers and the word, I call every seeking soul. • Inscribed on a church bell in Wisconsin • • • I became convinced long ago that one of the most important things I could do for a congregation was to teach […]

Sermon: Advent IV — Mary, Mother of God and Ultimate Matriarch of Our Faith

Sermon: Advent IV Mary, Mother of God and Ultimate Matriarch of Our Faith (Luke 1:39-55) • • • Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed… • Luke 1:48 It’s that time of year again. Time for we who are Protestants to talk about Mary. Unlike our Catholic or Orthodox brothers and sisters, […]