A Plumb Line on the Soul

Biblical Text: Amos 7:7-15

The image from the Text is a plumb line, something that checks if you built straight. The Northern Kingdom, specifically the house of Jeroboam had not, and their time was short. Amos was sent by Yahweh to tell them. But in Amaziah, the Northern Priest, and Amos’ MMA style confrontation we get some vital insight into our calls. This sermon digs into putting the plumb line on our souls.

Ready to Hear

Biblical Text: 1 Samuel 3:1-10

Sometimes you feel like you live in a time of Eli. Just to be clear what that means is old, blind, uncaring, casually cruel, dismissive of almost everything as beyond your ability to do anything or even care. Like Ezekiel staring a valley of dry bones – Can these bones live? And it seems pie in the sky to say yes.

Yet this is how God works. He works by death and resurrection. And the form or the means of God’s work is His word. Just when we might think “the lamp of God” has gone out, it hasn’t, and it calls out “Samuel, Samuel”. And if comes and stands in our presence and speaks to us anew.

The renewal of the Christian life always starts with “Speak Lord, for your servant hears.” That is what this sermon ponders.

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Numbers 22:21-23:3 and Luke 22:24-46

Numbers 22:21-23:3
Luke 22:24-46
How God interacts with us – natural revelation and special revelation, The Sword, The Word of God

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Exodus 10:21-11:10 and Hebrews 4:1-16

Exodus 10:21-11:10
Hebrews 4:1-16
The Word of God which makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel, The Gospel for Type-A personalities
Come Unto Me, Ye Weary – Lutheran Service Book 684

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Job 8:1-22 and John 4:27-45

Job 8:1-22
John 4:27-45
Bildad the prosperity preacher (truth mixed with falsehood), Source and work of the Word of God, Lord Tis Not that I Did Choose Thee (LSB 573)

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Joel 1:1-20 and Romans 10:1-21

Joel 1:1-20
Romans 10:1-21
The Word of God from outside of us as rain; Speak, O Lord, Your Servant Listens (589)

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Ezekiel 36:33-37:14 and Romans 5:1-21

Ezekiel 36:33-37:14
Romans 5:1-21
Faith and Truth and Life Bestowing (584), God’s Word as the Basis of Life, Sources of the Word

If it produces, well and good; if not, cut it down…


Biblical Text: Luke 13:1-9
Full Sermon Draft

Sometimes data visualizations just get it. The word tree above gets its. We are in the middle of lent which is a penitential season, a season for repentance. Now there are some really good questions that we might ask about that. What is repentance? What does it include? How do we do it? Why? Who?

This text is at its core about answering those questions.

Who? Everyone.
Why? Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Because the assumptions that we have been taught by the world are not what the Word of God tells us. Hear the Word.
What does that Word assume? No one is good. The word itself accuses us (the law), but that same word is our salvation (gospel).
What does repentance include? A change of assumptions from the world’s to the Word’s. A fruitful living according to the Word.
Where do I go to understand fruit? Look it up in the Word.