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Sermon Holy Trinity C 2016 Romans 5:1-5

[Click here for video] The Church has long witnessed and confessed to the truth of the Trinity, and has done so in various ways, some more relatable, more accessible, than others. The Church has also struggled with the concept of a triune Godhead, and various heretical understandings have had to be put aside – The […]

Sermon Pentecost Sunday 2016 Acts 2:1-21; Romans 8:14-17; John 14:8-17, 25-27

[Click here for video] What does this mean? It’s a question we in Lutheran circles ought to recognize It’s the question at the heart of Luther’s Small Catechism It’s the question children ask repeatedly as they begin to explore the world – As they begin to realize that there’s a world beyond their own self […]

Sermon Easter 7C 2016 Acts 16:16-34; Revelation 22:12-21; John 17:20-26

[Click here for video] In a liturgy class during my first year at seminary Dr. Gordon Lathrop told us about a bell that hung in the tower of a northern Wisconsin church founded in 1873, until it was destroyed by fire in 1985. The bell bore the following inscription: to bath and table, to prayer […]

Sermon Easter 4 C 2016 Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30

On this 4th Sunday of Easter each year – often called Good Shepherd Sunday – we turn to a portion of John Chapter 10 for our Gospel text, and we read a bit of the Good Shepherd discourse.   It’s really wonderful to read this today as we’ve already celebrated the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, […]

Sermon: Easter 3 C 2016 Acts 9:1-20; John 21:1-19

[Click here for video] We’re in the Gospel of John again this week, even though this is year C in the lectionary cycle – the year of Luke. And though I usually don’t care for harmonizing the Gospel accounts – in other words, mixing up the different details from the different Gospels – I’m going […]

Sermon Easter 2 C 2016 John 20:19-31

[Click here for video] Power is a tricky thing. John is clearly showing in the resurrection story we read today, from John chapter 20, that Jesus is powerful, and that his desire is to share that power with his followers – faithful, fearful, questioning, wherever they are on this journey of discovering the truth of […]

Sermon: Easter Day 2016 Acts 10:34-43; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; Luke 24:1-12

[Click here for video] Alleluia! Christ is Risen! Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia! At this the heavenly choirs of angels rejoice, the earth exults, and the church is glad!   But that’s not where we begin today, is it?   We begin in verse 1 of Luke 24 with the conjunction “but” which is used, […]

Sermon: Easter Vigil 2016 John 20:1-18, Romans 6:3-11

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Buried with him? United with him in a death like his?   Do you not know that your old self – The old Adam or old Eve in you – was crucified with him? That […]

Sermon Good Friday John 18 and 19

In his explanation of the 2nd article of the Creed, in the Small Catechism, Luther writes: Jesus Christ, true God… has redeemed me, a lost and condemned human being. He has purchased and freed me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his […]