June 17, 2018 Mark 4:26-34 How the Kingdom Grows Jesus uses agricultural metaphors often enough that we are certainly familiar with them. He speaks of planting and reaping, sowing and harvest, how the fields are white for the harvest and how a seed must die if it is to produce fruit. Not all comparisons are
May 27, 2018 John 3:1-17 Earthly Things and Heavenly Things When I started college IBM personal computers were just beginning to make it to market. They were simple machines even if they were too expensive for most of us to buy. As I was studying electronics, I could have explained to you the inner workings
May 20, 2018 Acts 2:1-21 Blessed with the Spirit (this sermon was not preached even though prepared) It must have been quite a sight; you know, being there in Jerusalem when the Holy Spirit descended upon those gathered together. Imagine the sound of a mighty wind and the tongues of fire. And then the
May 13, 2018 John 17:11b-19 Set Apart by the Word in the Name of the Holy Father I’m not one to coopt a sermon for the sake of a civil holiday but Mother’s Day does fit somewhat with today’s reading from the Gospel according to St. John. So I will make use of the coincidence.
May 6, 2018 John 15:9 Love As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you; abide in My love. So far Christ had consoled His disciples and has exhorted them to remain in Him and to be good branches. He has done so by pointing out the benefits and the fruit that will
You have heard the words, “You are what you eat.” I guess that could be applied to theology in the sense that you believe what you practice. Here is an article that illustrates this practicality.
“Our Lord speaks and we listen. His Word bestows what it says. Faith that is born from what is heard acknowledges the gifts received with eager thankfulness and praise …The rhythm of our worship is from Him to us, and then from us back to Him. He gifts His gifts, and together we receive and
Pastor and Congregation 101 The basics of a pastor maintaining a healthy relationship with his congregation are not complex: Preach a decent sermon (2 Tim. 4:15). Love and visit your people (1 Peter 5:24), and pray for them! Be visible in your community (1 Tim. 3:7). When things aren’t going well, sermons can become temptations
The LUTHER ROSE banner gracing our Chancel on Reformation Sunday is the widely-recognized symbol for Lutheranism. It was designed by Martin Luther who saw it as an expression of his theology and faith. There is a black cross in a red heart that reminds us of faith in the Crucified Christ. The heart stands in