November 17, 2019

Getting Ready for Reformation Sunday

Getting Ready for Reformation Sunday Note from CM: Sorry for the delay, but I had a very busy day. I just cleaned a lot of spam out of the comment thread. • • • The Gospel reading for this week is Luke 18:9-14, Jesus’ parable about the Pharisee and the tax collector. He also told […]

Sermon: Are We Ready for This? (Luke 14:25-33)

Sermon: Are We Ready for This? Now large crowds were traveling with him; and he turned and said to them, ‘Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me […]

Teaching One Another: Luke 14:25-33

Teaching One Another Luke 14:25-33 We haven’t done this for awhile, and Sunday to come presents a good opportunity for me to revive the “Teaching One Another” category. I’ll be preaching in my congregation, and as we traditionally do in the Lutheran church, my focus will be upon the Gospel text. And what a text […]

Sermon: Are We Living at a Turning Point in History? (Luke 12:49-56)

Sermon: Are We Living at a Turning Point in History? (Luke 12:49-56) “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed! Do you think that I have come to […]

Sermon: A Dog at the Table

Sermon: A Dog at the Table Note: updated, final edited version ready for preaching this morning From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter […]

Sermon: Pentecost +5 — The Fear of the Lord

Sermon: Pentecost +5 The Fear of the Lord On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’ And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great gale arose, and the […]

Sermon: Light in the Midst of Religious Darkness (Lent IV)

SERMON: Lent IV Light in the Midst of Religious Darkness As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works […]

Teaching One Another: Jesus, Bread of Life

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son […]

A Description of Heaven and Hell?

The story of the rich man and Lazarus has long been a fire-and-brimstone preacher’s dream. The reality of the afterlife in black and white terms. The issue of salvation in sharp perspective. The urgent necessity of making a decision for Christ before death, when a “great chasm” will be fixed between the blessed and the […]

Good News for Women — and Men and All Disciples

The Lord answered, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things. One thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the better part. It won’t be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:41-42 CEB This Gospel story provides a brief glimpse into a household setting that must have been common as Jesus traveled around Palestine during […]