2 Timothy 2:1-26
The Victory of God ending in full Grain and Wine
Practical advice for ministers in conflict
Monthly Archives: January 2015
2 Timothy 1:1-18
What does “The Reign of God” or “The visitation of God” look like?
Necessary vs. Nice
The quest for prophecy fulfillment that never quite is complete
The gallery of early Christians
The simplicity of the gospel
Zechariah 2:1- 3:10
St. Timothy, Conversion of St. Paul & St. Titus (Church Calendar stuff)
Measuring Jerusalem & Rebuking Satan
The Inclusion of the Gentiles
Biblical Text: Mark 1:14-20
Full Sermon Draft
The text is the emergence of Jesus after the arrest of John the Baptist and his calling of disciples. This sermon looks at three sets of comparisons encouraged in the text by their juxtaposition: Jesus and John the Baptist, Andrew/Peter and James/John, and Jesus and his disciples. Each comparison increases our knowledge of God and the path of discipleship. The sermon explores those especially the role of courage in the life of discipleship.
A note on the recording: I’ve included a couple of musical pieces. Our Choir sang an infectious newer hymn, LSB 833 Listen, God is Calling. It has a dramatic African Call/Response structure. I’ve been looking for about three years for a chance to get it into the service. It is just not something that a congregation can take on cold, but the choir sounded great. The second hymn is LSB 856 O Christ, Who Called the Twelve. It also is a newer hymn with some amazing depth paired with probably a familiar tune, Terra Beata formally, but I know it as This is Our Father’s World. (And I am still convinced that the theme song running throughout the Lord of the Rings movies is inspired by this hymn tune. At every moment of near despair, Frodo or Sam remember the shire and this theme plays in the background.) Both of these hymns are great additions to a Lutheran Congregation’s Hymnbook.
The juxtaposition of Judgment and the Eschatological Time Frame
The role of the Spirit in that time
The wisdom, will and way of God
Blessing after judgment
The severity and the kindness of God
The very thing needed is taken
God’s Word given to those who were not a nation, to those who were foolish…
Ezekiel 47:1-14, 21-23
The River the Flows to the Nations
The Remnant and the Potter
Biblical Text: John 1:43-51
Full Sermon Draft
This is the season of Epiphany, after Christmas but before Lent. It has been my experience that the Epiphany lessons for each year have a separate theme. Some years focus on the light aspect. This year is discipleship. We get a steady stream of conversion and following Jesus accounts. The text for this week is Philip and Nathanael. What this sermon explores are the doctrines and attitudes contained in Philip’s assertion to Nathanael, “We have found him”. The idea of who finds who is taken up in the Christological section. The text and Christian doctrine asserts that Christ finds us, yet we tend to talk like Philip in the active voice. Call it the paradox of the election and conversion. The second doctrine is the order of the titles: Kind of Israel, Son of God and Son of Man. The son of Man, the new Adam, is the one of greatest theological importance. That is the one that defines the others and that angels attend.
The attitudes examined are contained in what Jesus praises in Nathanael – one without guile.
We conclude with the idea of discipleship as a continual coming to see. One day we will see clearly.