Where Do We Start? (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the First Sunday in Lent. The gospel text was Luke 4:1-13. I also refer to the First Reading, Deuteronomy 26:1-11. You know, it’s funny. The theme of this sermon is about beginnings. I'm calling it, “Where do we start?” What’s funny is I … Continue reading Where Do We Start? (Sermon)

The Third Way of Love (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany. The gospel reading was Luke 6:27-38. There is a third way. There is always a third way. I believe that. Now, I don’t always succeed in acting on that. I don’t even always remember that I believe it. … Continue reading The Third Way of Love (Sermon)

Who Gets the Blessing? (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached today, the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany. The gospel text was Luke 6:17-26. One day, some years back, a preacher named Rev. Johnson stood in the pulpit. It was the sixth Sunday after Epiphany, and she read the same gospel that we heard today. She said, … Continue reading Who Gets the Blessing? (Sermon)

What’s So New About Life? (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany. It was also the third week of our four-week annual Stewardship Campaign. The gospel text was Luke 4:21-30. So we continue to celebrate our fiftieth anniversary this year, a time when we look back at all the great … Continue reading What’s So New About Life? (Sermon)

Bearing Emmanuel (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Third Sunday of Advent. I used alternates texts to what was assigned; the gospel text was Luke 1:39-55., the story of the Visitation. In the little town of NazarethShe was waiting for her wedding dayShe was nervous, excited, apprehensiveShe wondered what would … Continue reading Bearing Emmanuel (Sermon)

The King who Feeds Us (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Feast of Christ the King. We also had a special "hunger emphasis" in worship this morning. The gospel text was Luke 23:33-43. Have you ever been hungry? Sure you have. Heck, I’m kind of peckish right now. But I’ve never been hungry … Continue reading The King who Feeds Us (Sermon)

Not a Hair on Your Head (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Luke 21:5-19. It’s all falling apart, isn’t it? You know, our world, our nation. Our community. Our church. Even our bodies. It’s all falling apart. Of course, Jesus said it would. Jesus stood outside the temple, the majestic, magnificent … Continue reading Not a Hair on Your Head (Sermon)

What on Earth is Heaven? (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Luke 20:27-38. As Lutherans, we don’t tend to talk about heaven very much. We usually focus more on how Christ affects us in this life. But in November, as we approach the end of the church year in two … Continue reading What on Earth is Heaven? (Sermon)

Crossing the Chasm (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Luke 16:19-31. During worship this morning, we celebrated the baptism of an infant I'm calling Matthew. Good morning, Matthew. I’m so glad you’re here today. Today you are washed by the waters of Baptism. Today God claims you as … Continue reading Crossing the Chasm (Sermon)

Whom Will You Serve? (sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Luke 16:1-13. For centuries, scholars have been confounded by this parable. This is without a doubt one of the most confusing stories Jesus ever told. It’s a story of a man caught by his boss, caught for squandering money. … Continue reading Whom Will You Serve? (sermon)