Rejoicing in the Violence of the Cross: A Sermon for Gaudete on Matthew 11:2-10

The introduction to this sermon has been adapted from Pastor Ken Kelly’s excellent Gaudete homily. You can read the whole thing at: http://homofactusest.com/2013/12/10/gaudete-rejoice-in-the-lord/. That John the Baptist was in prison should come as an absolute shock to everyone who reads the Gospel of Matthew. John doesn’t … Continue reading

A LampLight Conversation on the lessons for the Third Sunday in Advent

This week on LampLight Conversations, Pastor Clint Poppe joined our conversation on the lessons for the Third Sunday in Advent. Pastor Poppe serves as Senior Pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lincoln, NE, and also as the Chairman of … Continue reading

“Hope of the Gentiles” (Sermon on Romans 15:4-13, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Hope of the Gentiles” (Romans 15:4-13) In the reading from Romans that we just heard, there are two words that jump out at me. One of those words is found in the first verse of our text, which reads: “Whatever … Continue reading

“Advent Trees” (Sermon on Matthew 3:1-12 and Isaiah 11:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Advent Trees” (Matthew 3:1-12; Isaiah 11:1-10) You’ve heard of Christmas trees. But have you heard of “Advent trees”? No? Well, I hadn’t either. In fact, I just made that term up as I was thinking about our lessons for today. … Continue reading

Jesus: Crucifying the Great Divide — A LampLight Conversation (Sermon helps)

In my last post, I briefly recounted why KNGN developed the show: LampLight Conversations. I, however, did not introduce you to the regular conversationalists. There’s Adam Spanier, the station manager of KNGN, who brings a layman’s point of view to … Continue reading

“Light in the Darkness” (Sermon on Romans 13:8-14, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Light in the Darkness” (Romans 13:8-14) Advent is a season of light. In fact, you could say that Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany–the whole three-month sequence centered around Christmas–each of these seasons could be called a season of light. Think of … Continue reading

“Who Is This Jesus?” (Sermon on Matthew 21:1-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Who Is This Jesus?” (Matthew 21:1-11) Today is the First Sunday in Advent. As it’s the beginning of Advent, and the word “Advent” means “Coming,” our readings today–particularly the Holy Gospel–focus our attention on the one who will be coming … Continue reading

“A Blessed Visitation” (Sermon on Luke 1:39-45, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Blessed Visitation” (Luke 1:39-45) It was a meeting of the moms. Two expectant mothers, one old, one young. One was six months along; the other, newly pregnant. And the fact that they were expecting was totally unexpected! Both of … Continue reading

“Zechariah’s Song: The Benedictus” (Sermon on Luke 1:57-80)

“Zechariah’s Song: The Benedictus” (Luke 1:57-80) We continue our Advent journey, heading toward Christmas. So far in Advent, we have seen John the Baptist preparing the way for the Lord, both in his preaching of repentance and then in his … Continue reading

“Advent through a Rose-colored Candle” (Sermon on Luke 7:18-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Advent through a Rose-colored Candle” (Luke 7:18-28) Today is the Sunday of the rose-colored candle. On the other Sundays in Advent, we light violet, or purple, candles on the Advent wreath. Today, though, we light the one that is the … Continue reading

“Mary’s Song Prepares Us for Mary’s Son” (Sermon on Luke 1:46-55, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Mary’s Song Prepares Us for Mary’s Son” (Luke 1:46-55) One of the things we’re doing this month in our Advent and Christmas services is looking at a number of texts from Luke’s “Infancy Narrative,” that is, the first two chapters … Continue reading

“Bear Fruits in Keeping with Repentance” (Sermon on Luke 3:1-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Bear Fruits in Keeping with Repentance” (Luke 3:1-20) Advent is a penitential season, and every year on this Second Sunday in Advent, John the Baptist shows up, leading the call to repentance. John came to prepare the way of the … Continue reading

“The Chronicle of Luke: ‘That You May Have Certainty'” (Sermon on Luke 1:1-4, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Chronicle of Luke: ‘That You May Have Certainty’” (Luke 1:1-4) This past Sunday was the First Sunday in Advent, and thus it was the beginning of a whole new church year. In our congregation, and in thousands of churches … Continue reading

“The King Who Comes in the Name of the Lord” (Sermon on Luke 19:28-40, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The King Who Comes in the Name of the Lord” (Luke 19:28-40) Today is the first day in a brand-new church year. That’s because today is the First Sunday in Advent. The church year begins with the season of Advent, … 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