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“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 No comments

“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…

“His Word Possessed Authority” (Sermon on Luke 4:31-44, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

February 2nd, 2013 1 comment

“His Word Possessed Authority” (Luke 4:31-44) In today’s Gospel, we catch a glimpse of what the public ministry of Jesus was like. We follow Jesus on what might have been a fairly typical day for him, a very busy day at that. We see Jesus engaged in various ministry activities: teaching, exorcising, healing, and preaching. And the common denominator that runs through these activities? I think we can see it in a little verse from our text: “His word possessed authority.” “His Word Possessed Authority”: in his teaching, in his casting out demons, in his healing the sick, and in   More…

“Today This Scripture Is Fulfilled in Your Hearing” (Sermon on Luke 4:16-30, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

January 26th, 2013 3 comments

“Today This Scripture Is Fulfilled in Your Hearing” (Luke 4:16-30) The Holy Gospel for today is the account of Jesus at the Nazareth synagogue, right as he was starting his public ministry. Jesus gets up to read one of the lessons. He unrolls the scroll of the prophet Isaiah, and he reads this passage from Isaiah 61: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who   More…

“Marriage and the Family: The Cultural Slide and the Christian Response” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

January 19th, 2013 2 comments

“Marriage and the Family: The Cultural Slide and the Christian Response” (Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 128:1-6; John 2:1-11) The readings for today–the Old Testament Reading, the Psalm, and the Holy Gospel–these readings are filled with references to marriage and the family. They use the language and imagery of marriage and the family–and in the Gospel’s case, even the occasion of a wedding–to describe God’s love for humanity. The blessings of marriage and children are gifts that God gives to all people, and they are also pictures of the relationship that God has with his own people, the church. Look at how   More…

“The Gentile Christmas” (Sermon on Matthew 2:1-12 and Isaiah 60:1-6, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

January 5th, 2013 No comments

“The Gentile Christmas” (Matthew 2:1-12; Isaiah 60:1-6) It is often called “the Gentile Christmas.” I’m talking about Epiphany, of course, the festival we are celebrating today. The Epiphany of Our Lord is one of the major festivals in the church year, one of the biggies. It’s a fixed-date festival, meaning it always falls on a certain date, regardless of the day of the week–like Christmas is always on December 25. Epiphany is always January 6, right after the twelve days of Christmas. So if January 6 happened to be on a Friday or a Tuesday, for example, we’d be having   More…