Gospel Notes for Populus Zion (Advent 2)

The Gospel Notes for Advent 2 of the Historic One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, or the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF. The bi-fold version is … Continue reading

“Thanking God for This Good Land” (Sermon on Deuteronomy 8:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Thanking God for This Good Land” (Deuteronomy 8:1-10) Today is the Day of National Thanksgiving. This is the day set aside for Americans to go to their churches and give thanks to God for his many blessings on our nation–which … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: First Sunday in Advent – Jesus, our Coming King

Matthew 21:1-9 New King James Version 1 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: St. Andrew the Apostle (Nov. 30th)

November 30th, 2015 St. Andrew’s Day John 1:35-42 New King James Version 35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. 36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” 37 … Continue reading

The Freedom of the Christian

“To make the way smoother for the unlearned—for only them do I serve—I shall set down the following two propositions concerning the freedom and the bondage of the spirit: A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to … Continue reading

Wiki III: Let’s Just Talk about this

This conclusion to my experience with the Wiki15 conference is extremely delayed. One of the reasons is because I didn’t know where to go from here. The men and women gathered at the conference are not terrible people, nor do … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Ad Te Levavi (Advent 1)

The Gospel Notes for Advent 1 of the Historic One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF or the Black and White PDF. Additional one-year lectionary Gospel Notes can be found here. If you would like to … Continue reading

Gospel Notes – A New Weekly Resource for Parish Lay Catechesis!

Laymen: Would you like to be able to focus on the content of your pastor’s sermon without being distracted by the dozens of questions that pop into your mind about what the text is about? Pastors: Would you like a … Continue reading

Tuesday with Luther: Our Pesky Tongue

Tuesday with Luther this week covers the Eighth Commandment, You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor, and is titled “Our Pesky Tongue”. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not tell … Continue reading

Thoughts by a Concerned Layman on the Diaconate…

Here’s a submission from a Concerned Layman: Before I begin in earnest, let me say that I am not a pastor, nor am I an expert in theology, Lutheran or otherwise. I am simply a layman in the Lutheran Church … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — The Word Remains Forever

“Those days” in our text are the “end of days”, the “last days”, these days.  For in many and various ways God spoke to His people of old by the prophets, but now in these “last days” He has spoken to us by His Son.  The Bible teaches us that the end of days, the last days, are marked by God’s revelation, God’s speaking through His Son.  Those days began 2000 years ago.  The last days are these days.  And because Jesus is speaking about “these days” He is speaking about “our days”.  Nothing could be more important for us to hear these days than the Word of God’s Son in our text this morning.

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Help Fill the Bag

When missionaries are selected by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Synod doesn’t hand them a bag full of cash and send them out the door. They train them, and then expect them to solicit funds for their mission. Where do … Continue reading

Steadfast in Worship: Why Doesn’t Contemporary Worship Sing the Psalms?

Christian worship has always made significant use of the Psalms, which have always been meant to be sung.  No matter what your approach to Biblical instruction in the area of music in worship, from strict “regulative-ist” to libertine “normative-ist,” there … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Last Sunday (Trinity 27) – Eternal Life

Last Sunday of the Church Year Trinity 27 Heaven’s Eternal Joy: The Bride of Christ Matthew 25:1-13 New King James Version 25 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out … Continue reading

“Therefore Let Us Draw Near, Hold Fast, and Stir Up” (Sermon on Hebrews 10:11-25, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Therefore Let Us Draw Near, Hold Fast, and Stir Up” (Hebrews 10:11-25) Last week we looked at Hebrews 9, where we are told that Christ is our high priest. Today we continue on into Hebrews 10, where the writer expands … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Watch out for “Sheep” with Bad Breath

Though most are unawares, it is a sad day in the midst of a holy week.  While pilgrims stream through Zion’s gates in order to celebrate the coming Passover, Jesus departs.  He leaves the city and her temple and in so doing leaves her desolate. For no matter how busy her priests, no matter how full her borders, no matter how pious and fervent her rituals, without Jesus, both the time and the space are empty.  Without Jesus the city is but a gathering of clanging cymbals.  There is much noise but there is no dirge – the Baptist calls no more.  There is no dancing – Simeon’s song is but a faint memory.  There is no sad song of repentance nor festal celebrations of God’s grace and mercy.  Without Jesus all is meaningless.

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The No-Name Evangelistic Association, or How the Faith Came to My Grandchildren

How did the Christian faith come from my grandparents to my grandchildren? It came by mission, but not by missionalism. If this mission were given a slogan, it would be, “Start true to reach true.” Truth was the first thing. … Continue reading

“Born a Priest, Made a Pastor” (Sermon on Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Born a Priest, Made a Pastor” (Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16) Circuit Pastors’ Conference, November 10, 2015 Today is Martin Luther’s birthday. He’s 532 today, although I’d say he doesn’t look a day over 490. Yes, it was on this day, November … Continue reading

Taking the “Lay” Out of Ministry

We’ve all read church growth material which encourages you to share your faith while serving your neighbor through your various vocations. It’s a great blessing that God allows us to participate in His mission through the power of the Holy … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Second Last Sunday (Trinity 26), Martinmas – Last Judgment

2nd-Last Sunday of the Church Year Trinity 26 And the text for the Feast of St. Martin, Pastor- November 11 Last Judgment Matthew 25:31-46 New King James Version 31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all … Continue reading

“Christ Is Our High Priest” (Sermon on Hebrews 9:24-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Christ Is Our High Priest” (Hebrews 9:24-28) Our Epistle reading today from the Book of Hebrews talks about a high priest entering into holy places made with hands. It talks about this high priest entering these holy places every year … Continue reading

The Lord’s Laborer for the Lord’s Harvest (Ordination Sermon)

The following is a sermon delivered on 25 October 2015 at the ordination service of James Thomas, a son of Hope Ev. Lutheran Church, St. Louis, MO, and now ordained and installed as Associate Pastor at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, … Continue reading

2016 Conference Registration Now Open!

            “It’s Time” to register for our conference.   Click HERE to go to the registration page.   … Continue reading

“RIF”ing on Pastors

In 2009, the School Ministry Department of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod developed a guidance document for implementing a “Reduction In Force” (RIF). Because “Some congregations [were] unaware of this resource,” and “Some congregations are not adequately prepared to … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Third Last Sunday (Trinity 25) – End Times

Third-Last Sunday of the Church Year (Trinity 25) Signs of the End Times Matthew 24:15-28 New King James Version 15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever … Continue reading