About Pastor Charles Henrickson

Rev. Charles Henrickson currently serves at St Matthew Lutheran Church in Bonne Terre, Missouri. He is a 1990 graduate (M.Div.) of Concordia Seminary-St. Louis, where he also received an S.T.M. in Exegetical Theology (Old Testament concentration) and is “All But Dissertation” on a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies (New Testament concentration).

LCMS prof calls maleness of Jesus/pastors “inconsequential” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

I came across an interesting blog article written by Dr. Matthew Becker, an LCMS clergyperson serving as a professor at Valparaiso University. The article is called “The Being of Adam, the New Adam, and the Ontology of Pastors.” In it, … Continue reading

“Hangin’ Out with Fritz” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

One of our Steadfast crew over these past few years has been the Rev. Dr. Frederic W. Baue–or “Fritz,” as we all call him. Fritz is an interesting fellow, to say the least: Doctor of literature, professional musician, published author, … Continue reading

Missionary Sending Service (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Friday afternoon I attended the Missionary Sending Service at the LCMS International Center Chapel. The occasion was the sending out of 34 missionaries, some career, some shorter-term. The missionaries had just completed ten days of orientation and training, with a … Continue reading

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together: Our Life as Church” (A sermon on Acts, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together: Our Life as Church” (Acts) “Witness, Mercy, Life Together”: This is the threefold emphasis now being used for our national church body, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” has also served well as the … Continue reading

“Making Known the Unknown God: Paul at the Areopagus” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Acts 17)

“Making Known the Unknown God: Paul at the Areopagus” (Acts 17:16-31) “Witness” has been a major theme running through the readings from the Book of Acts that we’ve had this Easter season. We’ve heard the church bearing witness to the … Continue reading

Tuesdays with Norman (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

About a decade ago, there was a bestselling book called “Tuesdays with Morrie.” I haven’t read the book, but from what I know, it’s the story of a man who goes to visit his old professor from college and discovers … Continue reading

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together: The Case of Stephen” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Acts 6-7)

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together: The Case of Stephen” (Acts 6:1-9; 7:2a, 51-60) “Witness, Mercy, Life Together”: This is an emphasis right now for our Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, since the work of our national church body can be gathered under these … Continue reading

“Koinonia: The Church’s Life Together” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Acts 2:42-47)

“Koinonia: The Church’s Life Together” (Acts 2:42-47) During this Easter season, we’re tracking the readings from the Book of Acts, under the theme, “Witness, Mercy, Life Together.” Witness: The church bearing verbal witness to Christ the Savior. Mercy: The church … Continue reading

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Lutheran school thrives in E. St. Louis” (posted by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a nice story today (by reporter Elisa Crouch) about Unity Lutheran School in East St. Louis. This is a school supported by many of the congregations of the Southern Illinois District. I’ll post some excerpts … Continue reading

“Witnesses Preach Law and Gospel” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Acts 2:14a, 36-41)

“Witnesses Preach Law and Gospel” (Acts 2:14a, 36-41) Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn’t: The hymn we just sang, “He’s Risen, He’s Risen,” was written by C. F. W. Walther. Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther was, of course, the first president … Continue reading

“Witnesses Worthy of the Name” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Acts 5:29-42)

“Witnesses Worthy of the Name” (Acts 5:29-42) Today we begin a series of sermons based on readings from the Book of Acts. Recently many of you went through a several-month-long Bible study on the Book of Acts, and hopefully that … Continue reading

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together”: A Hymn (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

President Harrison’s “Emphasis for the Church” is summed up in three terms, “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” (Martyria, Diakonia, Koinonia are the related Greek terms). The President’s Office has set up a blog, wmlt.org, to carry forward the theme of “Witness, … Continue reading

“Blessed Holy Week”: A message from President Harrison (posted by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

LCMS President Matthew Harrison has posted a video message for our meditation this week, “Blessed Holy Week.” Click to watch. And I’ve posted a transcript below. Matthew Harrison, President, The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod “Blessed Holy Week” This is a miniature … Continue reading

COP adopts five regions for elections (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Newly posted at the Reporter at lcms.org is news of the Council of Presidents adopting a plan of five geographic regions for elections at the 2013 synodical convention. One thing that becomes immediately apparent from the map is that one … Continue reading

The Two Amendments: Why I’m Recommending “Against” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

On Sunday, March 6, at a special voters’ assembly, our congregation will be voting on two proposed amendments to the Constitution of our Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. (The deadline for the ballot to be received is March 15.) I am recommending … Continue reading

“The Ballad of Matt Harrison” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

THE BALLAD OF MATT HARRISON Tune: “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” Part 1 Part 2 By Charles Henrickson, the wag tailoring the doggerel Come and listen to my story about a man named Matt A poor pulpiteer, Indiana he was … Continue reading

St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer on Harrison’s call to local church

[St. Louis Post-Dispatch/stltoday.com religion writer Tim Townsend has a new article today on LCMS President Matt Harrison (right) accepting a call as an assistant pastor at a local church here in St. Louis. You can click the link to go … Continue reading

“O Emmanuel, Come” (Advent sermon series on the O Antiphons, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the seventh in an Advent sermon series on “The Seven Great ‘O’ Antiphons.” “O Emmanuel, Come” (Matthew 1:18-25) And now we come to the last of the seven O Antiphons, “O Emmanuel.” You see it there in your … Continue reading

“O King of the Nations, Come” (Advent sermon series on the O Antiphons, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the sixth in an Advent sermon series on “The Seven Great ‘O’ Antiphons.” “O King of the Nations, Come” (Haggai 2:1-9, 20-23; Ephesians 2:11-22; Matthew 28:18-20) In our Advent series on the O Antiphons, today we continue with … Continue reading

“O Dayspring, Come” (Advent sermon series on the O Antiphons, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the fifth in an Advent sermon series on “The Seven Great ‘O’ Antiphons.” “O Dayspring, Come” (Malachi 4:1-6; Luke 1:67-79; Revelation 22:16-20) The fifth of the seven O Antiphons is our theme for today, “O Dayspring, Come.” You … Continue reading

“O Key of David, Come” (Advent sermon series on the O Antiphons, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the fourth in an Advent sermon series on “The Seven Great ‘O’ Antiphons.” “O Key of David, Come” (Isaiah 22:20-25; Revelation 1:12-13, 17-18; 3:7-13; Luke 1:26-33) O Wisdom, O Adonai, O Root of Jesse. And now today, O … Continue reading

“O Root of Jesse, Come” (Advent sermon series on the O Antiphons, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the third in an Advent sermon series on “The Seven Great ‘O’ Antiphons.” “O Root of Jesse, Come” (Isaiah 11:1-10; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 1:1-17) Today we continue with the third of the seven O Antiphons of Advent, these … Continue reading

“O Adonai, Come” (Advent sermon series on the O Antiphons, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the second in an Advent sermon series on “The Seven Great ‘O’ Antiphons.” “O Adonai, Come” (Exodus 3:1-15; Revelation 5:1-14; John 8:48-59) Today we continue with the second of the seven O Antiphons of Advent, “O Adonai.” You … Continue reading

“O Wisdom, Come” (Advent sermon series on the O Antiphons, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the first in an Advent sermon series on “The Seven Great ‘O’ Antiphons.” “O Wisdom, Come” (Proverbs 8:12-31; Colossians 1:15-20, 28; 2:2-3; John 1:1-5, 9) The Advent hymn we just sang, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” goes back … Continue reading

“Green Bean Casserole” (Tune: “Old Time Rock and Roll”; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

BJS reader Dutch has requested a parody on potlucks. So, here ya go! The latest from the wag tailoring the doggerel . . . GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE Tune: “Old Time Rock and Roll” Just put those old roasters in a … Continue reading