“The Burden of Our Ministry and the Basis for Our Joy” (Sermon on 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the sermon I preached Sunday night at the opening service of our East Missouri Pastors’ Conference. CH “The Burden of Our Ministry and the Basis for Our Joy” (2 Corinthians 4:5-12) The theme for our conference this year … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — It’s Great to Be a Child in the Lord’s Kingdom

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. AMEN! Our sermon text for the Festival of St. Michael and all Angels is taken from St. Matthew’s gospel account the … Continue reading

Sermon for Pastors– Rev Jacob Ehrhard — Matthew 3:15

Daily Lectionary – September 25 Matthew 3:15 South Region Pastors’ Conference – Starved Rock State Park “But Jesus answered him, ‘Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness’” (Mt 3:15). In the … Continue reading

My First Sermon as a Vicar: Our Condescending God and Lord

 Text: Mark 9:30-37 Our Condescending God and Lord Dear friends in Christ, When someone is condescending, we usually understand that to mean that he says things in a patronizing kind of way, making those to whom he speaks feel small … Continue reading

“The Wisdom of Humble Servanthood” (Sermon on James 3:13 – 4:10 and Mark 9:30-37, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Wisdom of Humble Servanthood” (James 3:13 – 4:10; Mark 9:30-37) Who among us here today would like to be regarded as wise and understanding? OK. Who among us would like to be regarded as great, as a great person? … Continue reading

“Pray for Those in Authority: This Is Good and Pleasing” (Sermon on 1 Timothy 2:1-7, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This was my “sermonette” this morning for KFUO’s “His Time.” You can listen to it at this audio link. (After host Randy Asburry reads the text, my six-minute sermon begins at the 2:03 mark. CH “Pray for Those in Authority: … Continue reading

“The Small But Powerful Tongue” (Sermon on James 3:1-12, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Small But Powerful Tongue” (James 3:1-12) It is one of the smallest parts of the body, but it is also perhaps the most powerful. What am I speaking of? The tongue. Your tongue is a very powerful instrument. It … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev Tony Sikora — Be Bringing Him to ME

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. Mark’s gospel account the 9th chapter (Mark 9:14-29).   Beloved … Continue reading

“‘Ephphatha,’ That Is, ‘Be Opened'” (Sermon on Mark 7:31-37, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“‘Ephphatha,’ That Is, ‘Be Opened’” (Mark 7:31-37) “And they brought to [Jesus] a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. And taking him aside from the crowd privately, … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Sometimes it Only Takes a Crumb?

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. Mark’s gospel account (Mark 7:24-36) the seventh chapter. Beloved in … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Brent Kuhlman — Jesus Goes to the Heart of the Problem (Mark 7:14-23) Pentecost 14B

Found on Pastor Kuhlman’s blog:   Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Mark 7:14-23 2 September 2012 Trinity Lutheran Church Murdock, NE + Jesu Juva + [podcast]http://kuhlman.static.higherthings.org/%22B%22%20Sermons%202011-2012/Pentecost%2014B.mp3[/podcast] Fried foods. White bread. White sugar. Creamy salad dressing. T-bone steaks. Prime rib. Double cheeseburgers. … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Cleansed to Walk by Faith

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. AMEN! Our text for this morning’s (evening’s) sermon is taken from St. Mark’s gospel account the 7th (Mark 7:14-23) chapter. Beloved … Continue reading

“Tradition! Tradition!” (Sermon on Mark 7:1-13, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Tradition! Tradition!” (Mark 7:1-13) In the musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” the lead character, Tevye, sings out, “Tradition! Tradition!” And then he explains: “Because of our traditions, we’ve kept our balance for many, many years. Here in Anatevka we have … Continue reading

So, You Want to Grade a Sermon?

We thought to repost this list on BJS in hopes of generating some further discussion of what makes a good (or bad) sermon. The list was originally written by Charles Wiese and recently reposted on my blog, the First Premise. … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr Tony Sikora — Getting after Jesus Gets us our Korban

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s (evening’s) sermon is taken from St. Mark’s gospel account (Mark 7:1-13) the seventh chapter. Beloved … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Paul Rydecki — Faith is the difference between those who are justified and those who are not

Sermon for Trinity 11 Emmanuel Lutheran Church Las Cruces, New Mexico Genesis 4:1-15  +  Ephesians 2:1-10  +  Luke 18:9-14 As we have learned from God’s Word on many occasions, the whole world is divided in two, and has been ever … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Mark Preus — Trinity 11: The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Trinity 11 – Luke 18:9-14 Faith Lutheran Church – Wylie, TX August 19, 2012 – Pr. Mark Preus Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: “Two men went up … Continue reading

Sermon — Pastor David Kind — Attentive to Christ

The Tenth Sunday after Trinity August 12, 2012 Rev. David A. Kind University Lutheran Chapel at the Chapel of the Cross, Luther Seminary St. Paul, Minnesota Jeremiah 8:4-12, Luke 19:41-48 + Jesu juva + Grace, mercy and peace be unto … Continue reading

“Singing and Making Melody to the Lord” (Sermon on Ephesians 5:18b-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Singing and Making Melody to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:18b-20) For our sermon text today I’m using a portion of one of next week’s readings, actually. But since I won’t be here next week, and the reading has what I want … Continue reading

“The Work That Is Not a Work” (Sermon on John 6:22-35, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Work That Is Not a Work” (John 6:22-35) Question: When is a work not a work? Answer: When it is faith. Faith is “The Work That Is Not a Work.” This seeming riddle is not so puzzling when you … Continue reading

“Grieve Not as Those Who Have No Hope” (Funeral sermon on 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Grieve Not as Those Who Have No Hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) Louise lived a good, long life. Eighty-seven years is an above-average lifespan. And yet death always comes as a bit of a shock. True, Louise was not in good … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev Tony Sikora — Distracted Stomachs Find the Bread of Life

  Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s (evening’s) sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the 6th chapter (John 6:22-35). … Continue reading

“Rooted and Grounded in Love” (Sermon on Ephesians 3:14-21, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Rooted and Grounded in Love” (Ephesians 3:14-21) On this day when we have the confirmation of our two adult catechumens, I want to take this opportunity to remind all of us of how we have been “Rooted and Grounded in … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev Tony Sikora — No Crossing Except by Water and the Wood.

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s (evening’s) sermon is taken from St. Mark’s gospel account the 6th chapter (Mark 6:45-56). Beloved … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev Tony Sikora — Pressing Round about for Heavenly Bread

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen!  Our text for this morning’s (evening’s) sermon is taken from St. Mark’s gospel account the 6th (Mark 6:30-44) chapter. Beloved … Continue reading