He Came to Make Us Holy

Biblical Text: Luke 4:31-44

The text details a Sabbath Day for Jesus in Capernaum. It is a day full of demons and healing. And what it makes completely clear is that the cosmic battle has come to earth. Christ has come to make us holy. The confrontation in the Synagogue with the demon sets the conflict. The demon thinks that “us” is mankind and the demons. The Holy One of God has nothing to do with that us. But Jesus rejects the demon’s definition of “us”. To Jesus us is God and man, God with us. And Jesus intends to make us holy. And he does this by His word. The sermon examines the authority of that word and what it calls us to be and do.

Good and Wise

Biblical Text: Matthew 5: 21-37

This sermon is slightly longer than I normally go, which yes, I realized that means nobody will listen. Way to lead with the glass jaw parson. But more seriously, I think I use the extra 10 mins or so for good effect. I promise you that this is not the typical sermon you will hear on Sunday. In short it is a defense of the law. It is an encouragement to holiness. But Christian holiness should not be something based in fear, because the law has lost its sting. Give it a listen.

A Holy Grace and Truth

My Christmas Day sermons are a little more contemplative. This one is from the texts of the day, primarily Isaiah 52:7-10 and John 1:1-14, but it also leans heavily on the hymn A Great and Mighty Wonder – LSB 383. It is a contemplation of the Holy set against the normal wisdom of the middle way. Merry Christmas

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Numbers 20:1-22 and Luke 20:19-44

Numbers 20:1-22
Luke 20:19-44
What do we expect of the Promised Land? What does it mean to be in the presence of the Holy?
When in dialog appropriate and when is confrontation the only course?

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Numbers 16:23-40 and Luke 19:29-48

Numbers 16:23-40
Luke 19:29-48
The Holiness of God and What we approach in Communion
Recognizing when God is acting in our midst

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Deuteronomy 3:1-29 and Matthew 7:1-12

Deuteronomy 3:1-29
Matthew 7:1-12
“Greater Israel” and a covenant of the law
Judgement, personal holiness vs. group identity, theological candy

Daily Lectionary Podcast – 1 Samuel 28:1-25 and 1 Corinthian 6:1-20

1 Samuel 28:1-25
1 Corinthians 6:1-20
Amalek (Exodus 17:16), What is Amalek in our day?, Disregard for the law, Temple, Dwelling place of the Holy Spirit vs. the spirit of Amalek

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Numbers 16:1-22 and Luke 19:11-27

Numbers 16:1-22
Luke 19:11-27
The Holiness of God vs. The Risk of Proclaiming the Gospel

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Joel 3:1-21 and Romans 12:14-13:14

Joel 3:1-21
Romans 12:14-13:14
Government as weather, focus on personal holiness

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Ezekiel 38:1-13 and Romans 7:1-20

Ezekiel 38:1-13
Romans 7:1-20
Gog/Magog as spiritual image of trial, (#716) I Walk in Danger All the Way, Our War against sin