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“Repent, Believe, and Follow” (Sermon on Mark 1:14-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

January 25th, 2015 No comments

“Repent, Believe, and Follow” (Mark 1:14-20) In the early chapters of the gospels, we track Jesus’ early ministry, as he goes about Galilee, preaching, teaching, and healing. As sort of a subset of his healing ministry, Jesus also casts out demons. And interspersed among these accounts, Jesus also gathers disciples to himself. And so it is that today and for the next two weeks we get such accounts of Jesus’ early ministry from the first chapter of Mark. Today we get a sample of Jesus’ preaching and his calling disciples. Next week we will see Jesus casting out an unclean   More…

“Glorify God in Your Body” (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

January 17th, 2015 No comments

“Glorify God in Your Body” (1 Corinthians 6:12-20) “Flee from sexual immorality.” “Glorify God in your body.” Now those are two direct quotations from today’s Epistle reading, 1 Corinthians 6. “Flee from sexual immorality.” “Glorify God in your body.” Two imperatives, two commands, telling us what to do. Are they true? Yes, of course. This is what we should do, both things. One is stated in terms of what we should flee from. The other is stated in terms of what we should positively do. But now suppose this was all that Paul had to say to us here. “Flee   More…

“Something in the Water” (Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

January 10th, 2015 No comments

“Something in the Water” (Mark 1:4-11; Romans 6:1-11; Genesis 1:1-5) I don’t listen to pop music or country music on the radio, but recently I read that there is a song that’s popular on the airwaves right now that makes some references to baptism. That caught my attention, naturally, so I looked it up and listened to it online. It’s a song called “Something in the Water,” by a singer named Carrie Underwood. I don’t know if you’ve heard it or not. But it does have to do with baptism. Now very likely it’s coming from a theological perspective on   More…

“What’s the Big Deal about Epiphany?” (Sermon on Matthew 2:1-12, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

January 6th, 2015 No comments

“What’s the Big Deal about Epiphany?” (Matthew 2:1-12) “What’s the Big Deal about Epiphany?” I mean, what’s so special about this festival that we should have a special service for it, and on a day other than Sunday? In January, no less! In the cold! Really, so what’s the big deal? Why bother having a service on this date? There are several reasons I could mention. First of all, there is the history of it. The Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord, celebrated on this date, January 6, immediately after the twelve days of Christmas–Epiphany has been a major   More…

“Jesus Really Means What He Says” (Sermon on Matthew 5:38-48, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

February 22nd, 2014 2 comments

“Jesus Really Means What He Says” (Matthew 5:38-48) Listen again to what Jesus says to us in today’s Gospel reading, and tell me what you think: “But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who   More…

A LampLight Conversation on the lessons for the Seventh Sunday after The Epiphany

February 19th, 2014 2 comments

Click here to listen to this week’s show. This week on LampLight Conversations, Pastor Brian Kachelmeier, who serves at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Los Alamos NM, and also hosts the Redeemer Theological Academy, joined our conversation on the lessons for the Seventh Sunday after The Epiphany, which are: Leviticus 19:1–2, 9–18 Psalm 119:33–40 1 Corinthians 3:10–23 Matthew 5:38–48

“Life and Blessing in God’s Commandments” (Sermon on Deuteronomy 30:15-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

February 15th, 2014 2 comments

“Life and Blessing in God’s Commandments” (Deuteronomy 30:15-20) I am going to say something that may surprise you today: There is life and blessing in God’s commandments. “What?!” you say. That’s right, I said there is life and blessing in God’s commandments. But you respond, “But, Pastor, I thought the Commandments were there to show us our sin, that God’s Law actually condemns us. How can there be life and blessing in that?” Spoken like a true Lutheran. And true enough, as far as it goes. But there is even more to say about the Ten Commandments than just that.   More…

A LampLight Conversation on the lessons for the Sixth Sunday after The Epiphany

February 12th, 2014 No comments

Click here to listen to this week’s show. This week on LampLight Conversations, Pastor Tom Albertson, who serves at Peace Lutheran Church in McCook NE, and Pastor Kevin Schnakenberg, who serves at St. John Lutheran Church in Ash Creek NE and also as Vacancy Pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cambridge NE, joined our conversation on the lessons for the Sixth Sunday after The Epiphany, which are: Deuteronomy 30:15–20 Psalm 119:1–8 1 Corinthians 3:1–9 Matthew 5:21–37

“The Word of the Cross, the Power of God” (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:18 – 2:12, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

February 8th, 2014 No comments

“The Word of the Cross, the Power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18 – 2:12) As many of you know, these past two weeks I was at our seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to take a continuing education course on the life and work of Bo Giertz. Who was Bo Giertz, you ask? Let me tell you. He was a very important churchman, theologian, and author who lived in Sweden during the 20th century. He was born in 1905, and he died in 1998 at the age of 92. When I was in seminary, I read a book by Bo Giertz   More…

A LampLight Conversation on the lessons for the Fifth Sunday after The Epiphany

February 4th, 2014 No comments

Click here to listen to this week’s show. This week on LampLight Conversations, Pastor Tim McCall, who serves at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Atwood, KS, joined our conversation on the lessons for the Fifth Sunday after The Epiphany, which are: Isaiah 58:3–9a Psalm 112:1–9 1 Corinthians 2:1–12 Matthew 5:13–20

“On Us a Light Has Dawned” (Sermon on Matthew 4:12-25, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

January 25th, 2014 No comments

“On Us a Light Has Dawned” (Matthew 4:12-25) After Jesus was born in Bethlehem and grew up in Nazareth and was baptized in the Jordan, now it is time for him to undertake his public ministry. So the question arises: Where will he do this? What will be his base of operations? Now you might think that the Messiah, the king of Israel, would set up shop in Jerusalem, the most important city in the land, the religious and political capital, the city of kings, the city of the temple. But if you’re thinking Jerusalem, you would be wrong. Jerusalem   More…

“Gifted Speakers” (Sermon on John 1:29-42a and 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

January 18th, 2014 No comments

“Gifted Speakers” (John 1:29-42a; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9) Have you ever heard of the St. Louis Speakers Series? Every year there’s a series of lectures, held in St. Louis, given by famous speakers from around the country. Well-known authors, politicians, broadcasters, and the like are brought in, and they’ll give an hour or so talk, followed by questions and answers. The event is held at Powell Hall, and people buy tickets to hear these famous personalities speak. Often in the advertising for these events, the description will say something like, “So-and-so is a gifted speaker who has delighted audiences around the   More…

“To Fulfill All Righteousness” (Sermon on Matthew 3:13-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

January 11th, 2014 No comments

“To Fulfill All Righteousness” (Matthew 3:13-17) The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ is an event recorded in, or referred to, in all four gospels. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, the account of the baptism itself is recorded. In John’s gospel, it is referred to. Clearly God wants us to know that this is an important event in the life and career of Christ, an important event for us to know about. And so it is. Thus the church has set aside the First Sunday after the Epiphany every year for us to focus on the Baptism of Our Lord.   More…

Rejoice, O Gentiles: An Offertory for Epiphanytide

January 10th, 2014 1 comment

Here’s my setting of the offertory “Rejoice, O Gentiles”, from the 1969 TLH Worship Supplement. Feel free to reproduce for congregational use. Audio:

“The Vision and the Voice of the Transfiguration” (Sermon on Luke 9:28-36, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

February 9th, 2013 1 comment

“The Vision and the Voice of the Transfiguration” (Luke 9:28-36) Today is the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, the day we observe the Transfiguration of Our Lord. The Transfiguration is that event when our Lord Jesus Christ was transformed in his appearance. His glory was made manifest before he set out on his way to the cross. Thus the Transfiguration serves as a fitting bridge between Epiphany and Lent: It’s the climax of the Epiphany season, when Christ’s glory is manifested, and it sets the stage for the season of Lent, when Jesus heads to Jerusalem to suffer and die.   More…