Sermon Texts: Isaiah 45:1-7 and Matthew 22:15-22 Full Text of Sermon
First, I love it when the Children’s Choir signs. You can hear them on the Podcast well directed and taught by Mrs. Kristin Bayer who is a wonderful sax player and teacher. (I hope she doesn’t mind the plug.) The simplicity of the . . . → Read More: Say you want a revolution…
This is a link to post #1 in this series.
The texts we will discuss below: Matt 25:14-30 and Luke 19:12-27
I wanted to look at the parables of the talents in regards to stewardship first, and I put them both on, because I think they help each other.
The Matthew form is probably . . . → Read More: Stewardship 2: The Importance and Return to Faithfulness
One of the planks of our vision statement says that we grow and engage the faith. The church has many euphemisms. It also has many fine words. Too often what I have found is that fine words also have euphemistic meanings. And the church has worked to promote the euphemism because it is easier than . . . → Read More: Stewardship 1: The messy side of the gospel
It is not really fair to make fun of the disciples. We are at a great advantage. We know the full story and we have the Spirit. (Yes, Pentecost means something). And I’m sure I’m bulldozing over huge cultural difference, but I just kinda think that human nature never changes. (Without the . . . → Read More: Where’s the leader?
The office of the Keys is all about who has the authority, responsibility and accountability to forgive and bind sins. The good news in Lutheran doctrine is that Christ himself rules the kingdom of the gospel. If sins are forgiven here, they have already been forgiven in heaven. Heaven acts first. And . . . → Read More: The Office of the Keys
I would be real interested to know what people actually heard from this sermon. I think it had a high emotional register, but I’m not sure if I used that emotion to the proper end.
The core concern that I think the text addressed is God’s truth. And God’s truth can be . . . → Read More: Truth in the midst of Ugly
The three texts for this week worked together almost seamlessly in my mind. There are always things that bother us – give us what I call the whys. And God is just not as interested in the whys as we are. Those whys are the crux of faith. Do we feel the . . . → Read More: How did it come to this?…..
I was asked after church in Bible study if I like preaching on Easter Sunday the best. My answer was not as full a yes as might be expected. It is definitely up there, if just for the crowd size. This is not meant as a theological statement – the effectiveness of . . . → Read More: Easter Sunday – A Chance to Have Faith
Transfiguration is an evocative word. Being creatures in a half dimension of time, we know the past but can’t do anything about it. We don’t know the future, and usually fear it, especially when we know that it will transfigure us. We can either let that fear change us, or we can . . . → Read More: We know the who…
This sermon isn’t so easy to break down. It is really a longer argument around that call to be perfect. We don’t hear perfect the way the disciples did. First I had to try and restore that original sound which is more completeness and wholeness and maturity. In a world of children . . . → Read More: Perfection