Redeeming Holy Days-Candlemas/Presentation

Candlemas is February 2nd, forty days after the birth of Christ it is the Festival of the Purification of Mary. The Gospel Lesson for this festival is Luke 2:22-40. Perhaps this particular festival does not loom as large in significance … Continue reading

“A Twelve-Year-Old Boy, Filled with Wisdom” (Sermon on Luke 2:40-52, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Twelve-Year-Old Boy, Filled with Wisdom” (Luke 2:40-52) When I was twelve years old, I hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Pretty impressive, eh? No, pretty stupid, actually. Because, at twelve years old, I hiked to the bottom … Continue reading

“Watershed Moments: Jesus’ Birth and Our Own” (Sermon on John 1:1-18 and Titus 3:4-7, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Watershed Moments: Jesus’ Birth and Our Own” (John 1:1-18; Titus 3:4-7) Today is Christmas Day. This is the day for celebrating the greatest birth in the history of the world, the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The … Continue reading

“What Christmas Is All About: God Saving Us, in a Humble Way, to Be His People” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“What Christmas Is All About: God Saving Us, in a Humble Way, to Be His People” (Luke 2:1-20; Titus 2:11-14; Isaiah 9:2-7) What is Christmas all about? How do people view Christmas and celebrate it? Why do they look forward … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies: Christmas and Saturnalia

Did Christianity Steal the Date of Pagan Winter Solstice Celebrations? The Roman celebration discussed in this article is the multi-day festival of Saturnalia. The Mis-Use of Roman Sources: Saturnalia In these articles we have seen the texts from the early … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies: Christmas and Sigillaria

Do the Nativity sets Christians use actually have their origins in the pagan Roman festival called Sigillaria? Sigillaria Macrobius in Saturnalia 1.11.46-50 discusses the Sigillaria–a festival that involves the purchase and giving of little human figures and candles. The fact … Continue reading

“Rachel Weeping, and a Son Called out of Egypt” (Sermon on Matthew 2:13-23, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Rachel Weeping, and a Son Called out of Egypt” (Matthew 2:13-23) “To us a child is born, to us a son is given.” And his name is Jesus, of course. This child born in Bethlehem at Christmas. This son–Son of … Continue reading

Christmas Catharsis

There’s nothing like a family gathering to raise the blood pressure. If your family is anything like mine, you’ve probably experienced your share of holiday drama (but that’s why we love our families, right?). Things are said and done—often not … Continue reading

“The Miracles of Christmas” (Sermon on John 1:1-18, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Miracles of Christmas” (John 1:1-18) On this Christmas morning, I want to tell you about the miracles of Christmas. That’s right, “miracles,” plural. There are two great Christmas miracles proclaimed in our text today from John chapter 1. One … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Christmas and Sol Invictus

We are reposting this from Dec 4, 2012:   Did Christianity Steal the Date of Sol Invictus? The claim is that Sol Invictus “Invincible Sun” is a more ancient pagan holiday in Rome celebrated on December 25th. The claim assumes … Continue reading

“Simeon’s Song: What a Way to Go!” (Sermon on Luke 2:22-40, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Simeon’s Song: What a Way to Go!” (Luke 2:22-40) This month we have been spending the Advent and Christmas seasons in the Gospel of Luke. All of our sermons have come from there, particularly from Luke’s so-called “Infancy Narrative,” chapters … Continue reading

“The Ripple Effect of Christmas” (Sermon on Luke 2:15-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Ripple Effect of Christmas” (Luke 2:15-20) Our text this morning is the second part of the Christmas Gospel we heard last night, that is, Luke 2, reading now verses 15 through 20: “When the angels went away from them … Continue reading

“The Gift, the Announcement, and the Exclamation Mark” (Sermon on Luke 2:1-14, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Gift, the Announcement, and the Exclamation Mark” (Luke 2:1-14) Suppose I got a Christmas present for you, but I didn’t tell you about it. I didn’t tell you that I had something for you, and I didn’t tell you … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Christmas and Sol Invictus

Did Christianity Steal the Date of Sol Invictus? The claim is that Sol Invictus “Invincible Sun” is a more ancient pagan holiday in Rome celebrated on December 25th. The claim assumes that this pagan holiday was so popular and dangerous … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Christmas

Of the major Christian Holy Days, Christmas, Easter and Pentecost are the high points in the Historic Church Year. On these Holy Days we celebrate God the Father’s gift of His only-begotten Son in the birth of Jesus Christ, we … Continue reading

“Home for the Holidays” (Sermon for Christmas Eve, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Home for the Holidays” (Luke 2:1-20) “Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays.” So goes the familiar Christmas song. And it is good to be home, with family, at Christmas time. Renewed relations, good food, smiles on all … Continue reading