January 22, 2021

Christ the King Sunday 2020: The Surprising Message of the Sheep and the Goats

Christ the King Sunday 2020 The Surprising Message of the Sheep and the Goats • • There is an unpremeditated, inherent, intuitive character about faith. Faith is like a spontaneous reflex, which responds in certain ways to certain stimuli. It is the nature of faith to see things from particular perspectives, to act in specific […]

23rd Sunday after Pentecost: The Bridesmaids

Sermon: Advent II — The Repentant Life

Sermon: Advent II The Repentant Life (Matthew 3:1-12) The Lord be with you. John the Baptist proclaimed, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” One of our most beloved stories at Christmas time is a tale about repentance — Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. It’s about the repentance of a man named Ebenezer […]

Sermon: Reign of Christ Sunday — What kind of King is this?

Sermon: Reign of Christ Sunday What kind of King is this? (Luke 22:33-43) The Lord be with you. On the church calendar, it is the last Sunday of the year, the Sunday on which we celebrate the Reign of Christ — his Kingship, his rulership over all of our lives, over all the world, over […]

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 […]