In Baptism, God arranges a body whose members say "I belong!" and "I do need you!" Hear the full audio of "An Apostrophe in a Wrong Place? On His Believers' Baptism" A sermon on 1 Corinthians 12:12-21 (ESV) Fifth Midweek Lent Service / 14 March 2018 1 Corinthians 12:12-21 (ESV) 12 For just as the body is … Continue reading An Apostrophe in a Wrong Place? On His Believers’ Baptism
Hear the full audio of "My Word Will Never Pass Away" A sermon on Luke 21:25-36 Second Sunday in Advent, 10 December 2017 The permanence of the Lord’s Word includes the permanence of his decrees and judgments against sin and sinners. Heaven and earth will pass away because of sin in the world, corrupting creation … Continue reading My Word Will Never Pass Away
Hear the full audio of "On Anxiety and Faith" A sermon on Matthew 6:24-34 Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity, 24 September 2017 No one can serve two masters. Just the way it is, even for you. But sometimes we try, don't we? The inward scream of our anxious hearts is the result, every time we start … Continue reading On Anxiety and Faith: The Sermon
The Lord knows how to defend and vindicate His own holy Name and honor. Heads up! The Holy Spirit is headed this way, by water and the Word, to start doing so in your own heart and spirit... Hear the full audio of "A New Heart and Spirit in You" A sermon on Ezekiel 36:22-28; … Continue reading A New Heart and Spirit in You
Old school Lutheran pastors were taught to prepare their sermons by first translating the texts for themselves. I'm not even 50 yet, and already I find myself among the last living generation of those taught by such old school means. We barely had VCRs when I was in seminary. Blockbuster movie rental (the kind you … Continue reading Spiritual Meals-Ready-to-Eat
This isn't a Sunday School lesson about money. This is about Jesus, and the generosity of faith. The quote above is often ascribed to Luther, though I was unable to trace down the exact source. Authentic or not, the principle holds that a genuine faith in Jesus changes more than our personal philosophy or sentimental … Continue reading Why Tithing Will Never Impress Jesus
This is a creative, fiction corner. It's full of elaboration and exaggeration. From time to time, here I write on people I've never encountered along life's way, or places and events I've never experienced. Some of them are mildly interesting, entertaining, and a few might even dare to edify.