Sermon Archive (Page 3)

These sermons highlight the importance of how Christ comes to us today through His Word and Sacraments.

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The Tragic Faith of Young Goodman Brown

Text:  Philippians 4:4-7 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone.  The Lord is near. 6 Do not  worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. This Sunday’s sermon is very different.  It’s a retelling of a classic tale by Nathaniel…

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…

God Is Not A Dumb, Rich Uncle

Text:  Matthew 6:5-8, 7:7-11 This section of Matthew has the largest collection of Jesus’ teachings on prayer.  In my younger years, my prayers were an attempt to bring God up to date on what was going on with me, and to intercede for all the   people in my life and around the world who needed help.  Gradually, I came to realize that God was really, really smart and already knew what I was saying.  In fact, God knew what I…

Choose Now

Text:  Matthew 9:9-13 Our text today is the call of Matthew to be a disciple and the theme is “the power and consequences of one decision.”  Just say the words “I do” in the right place and you’ll find yourself married or in the army.  One decision. I had an uncle Bill who lied about his age to join the Navy during WWII.  By the time the Navy discovered this, he was on a destroyer in the South Pacific and…

Our Building Project

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.…

Breakfast With Jesus

Sunday            07-05-20                 5th Sunday After Pentecost Text:          John 21:4-17 This weekend we are celebrating the 4th of July.  Because of pandemic restrictions, this year’s celebrations will be more subdued but this holiday will always be associated with Patriotism and with good food, friends, and family.   My family has always had its family reunion on the 4th and during the time we lived in New York, I belonged to a flying club.  So every 4th of July, we would fly…

Why Was Buddha Fat?

Text:  Ecclesiastes 12:1-8              John 10:7-10 This Sunday we will be looking at the subject of desire.  In the creation stories we read that the first sin occurs when Eve sees that the fruit of the tree is good for eating.  It is pleasing to the eye.  It is desirable. So here’s what happens with many of us.  We think to ourselves, “If I want to be   spiritual, I have to avoid sin.  And the best way to do…

Up to Our Necks

Text:  Exodus 14:8-15 Our text on this Father’s Day Sunday is the well-known story of Moses parting the Red Sea to enable the Israelites to leave Egypt once and for all.  What is fascinating about this story is that as the Israelites become increasingly trapped between the Red Sea and the approaching Egyptian army, they start to long for their time in slavery and cry out to Moses, “It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than…

Soap Operas from Genesis

This Sunday, we will be looking at, without a doubt, the most dysfunctional families in the Bible.  They are so bad that I will occasionally be using big adult words, so that young ears will not understand what we’re talking about.  No matter how bad you think your family is, no matter how many problems you are having with estranged, or just strange, relatives, I promise, you will feel better after hearing these “Soap Operas from Genesis.”  Spoiler alert:  the…

The Trinity: Our Security and Our Song

Sunday            06-07-20                    Trinity Sunday Text:  Revelation 4:1-8  OK, confession is good for the soul.  I confess that I have always struggled with abstract language.  In seminary, while many of my fellow students raved about their theology courses, I was signing up for every Hebrew and Greek course that was offered.  The biblical languages were so tangible while theology seemed, well, fuzzy. In church history classes, I marveled that the church fathers spent centuries arguing about the precise nature of…

Tohu-bohu and the Spirit of God

Text:  Genesis 1:2             Acts 2:1-4 The Bible is the source of our deepest Spiritual insights, but it also faithfully reflects the culture that produced it.  If we read a purported ancient religious text that mentions global warming and Covid-19, we will have reason to  question its authenticity.  Likewise we shouldn’t gasp if we hear the Bible  casually mentioning commonly held Jewish beliefs about the joys of owning slaves, having multiple wives and sex slaves (e.g. Abraham), and wives being…

God’s Finishing School

Text:  Genesis 37-39 This morning we’re looking at Genesis chapter 37-39, a fascinating Bible story that has all the makings of great piece for a gossip magazine:  a dysfunctional family, attempted murder, attempted adultery, unjust incarceration, sibling rivalry, slavery, and much more!  And through it all, God brings ultimate good out of all the good and bad choices that our characters make. Over the years, many people have tole me, “My family put the ‘fun’ back in ‘dysfunctional.’” Join with…