Sermons on Luke

The Other

Text: Luke 24:28-35              At the risk of sounding “mystical,”  I’d like to suggest that the very heart of our Christian life depends upon how we experience God.  Is it more cognitive?  If so, then we will read a lot of books and endlessly study our Bible.  Is it more behavioral?  If so, we will place great emphasis on “doing” the faith rather than “talking” about it.  Is it more affective?  Then we will highly value music, ceremonies, or other…

Hiding Behind the Bull

Text:  Luke 7:31-50               Our theme this morning is playing Hide and Seek with God.  The title comes from my childhood memories of playing that game on my Uncle Red’s farm.  The girls were terrified of the Holstein bull (which indicates how much smarter they were than we boys), and so behind the bull became our favorite hiding place. Our text describes a Palestinian children’s game, and even though the Psalmist in 2:4 describing God says, “He who sits in…

Giving Up Our Pacifiers

Sunday            02 –21-21               First Sunday in Lent Sermon:  “Giving Up Our Pacifiers” Text:  Luke 4:1-13

At the River

Text:  Luke 4:14-29            I know that occasionally I say things from the pulpit that irritate folks, but that reaction is quite minor compared to what we see in today’s text.  Our text recounts one of Jesus’ first preaching assignments after being baptized and it is in the synagogue of Nazareth, his hometown.  Usually preaching in your home church is a source of joy and pride for all involved, but after Jesus concludes his sermon, our text describes the reaction…

Doing A 180

Text:  Luke 3:7-16 This Sunday is Baptism of Our Lord Sunday.  That Christ would be baptized might seem a paradox since the church has long emphasized that adult baptism is meant for remission of past sins and that Christ was said to be born without sin.  However, by humbling himself and being baptized by John the Baptist, Christ is seen taking on the sins of others and giving his followers a model to replicate.  This act was necessary not for…

Coming Up Grateful

Text:  Luke 2:38 “Coming up at that very moment, she returned thanks to God: and she talked about the child to all who were looking for the liberation of Jerusalem.” In December of 1945 a new gospel (the Gospel of Thomas) was discovered buried in an ancient gnostic library near Nag Hammadi, Egypt.  Some folks went nuts over this “new” gospel with its unknown sayings and descriptions of Jesus’ life.  The church was accused of hiding the truth about Jesus…

Apocalyptic Figs

Text:  Luke 21:29-36 29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 34 “Be…

Which Authority?

I get inspiration in strange places.  Does anybody remember Barney Fife, the skinny little guy with the big adam’s apple on The Andy Griffith Show? Barney was the deputy sheriff in the slow-paced, sleepy southern community of Mayberry, North Carolina.  In one episode some tough criminals being returned to prison had to stay overnight in the jail and Barney was freaking out with fear and excitement.  He began pacing back and forth in front of the jail cell like a…

Launch Into the Deep

Text:  Luke 5:1-11 …he said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing.  Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.”  6 When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. One of my favorite authors is Dutch Roman Catholic priest, Henri Nouwen.  Dead more than 20 years now, he…