“The Transfiguration–and Exodus–of Our Lord” (Sermon on Luke 9:28-36, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Transfiguration–and Exodus–of Our Lord” (Luke 9:28-36) Today is the Transfiguration of Our Lord. This is the festival we celebrate every year on the last Sunday after the Epiphany. We have seen Christ’s glory as the incarnate Son of God … Continue reading

“Life and Love in the Body of Christ” (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 12:1 – 13:13, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Life and Love in the Body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:1 – 13:13) I don’t know if you noticed it, but today and for the last two weeks our Epistle reading has come from 1 Corinthians. That’s One Corinthians, by … Continue reading

“Jesus’ Inaugural Address” (Sermon on Luke 4:16-30, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Jesus’ Inaugural Address” (Luke 4:16-30) In just about one year from now, the new President of the United States of America will give his (or her) inaugural address. Having just been inaugurated into office, the new president will give a … Continue reading

“God Sanctifies Marriage” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

The Second Sunday after Epiphany January 17, 2016 “God Sanctifies Marriage” St. John 2:1-11 Jesus first showed his glory as true God at a wedding. In the prologue of his Gospel John writes, “We beheld his glory, the glory as … Continue reading

“The Wedding at Cana” (Sermon on John 2:1-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Wedding at Cana” (John 2:1-11) It is sometimes the case with a biblical text that one can draw various points from it without exhausting all the points that are there to be had. I think that is the case … Continue reading

“When You Pass through the Waters” (Sermon on Isaiah 43:1-7, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“When You Pass through the Waters” (Isaiah 43:1-7) With the recent floods of late December and early January, we certainly witnessed the destructive impact those waters can have. Highways were shut down. A stretch of I-55 was closed for days. … Continue reading

“Epiphany: Mystery Made Known” (Sermon on Ephesians 3:1-12, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Epiphany: Mystery Made Known” (Ephesians 3:1-12) I love a good mystery. Whether it’s Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot, it’s fun to track with the detective as he discovers the clues and uses his “little grey cells” and eventually comes to … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Epiphany (January 6) – Jesus, Savior of Gentiles: The Wise Men

Matt 2:1-12 (NKJV) 2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of … Continue reading

Epiphany: The Christmas of the Gentiles — Pr David Jay Webber

Editorial Note: Recently BJS has published some pastoral letters to congregations from their congregational newsletters. It is great to see the solid and assuring words that pastors are putting in our mail boxes. Here is another fine pastoral letter from … Continue reading

“The Transfiguration: The Bridge between Epiphany and Lent” (Sermon on Mark 9:2-9, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Transfiguration: The Bridge between Epiphany and Lent” (Mark 9:2-9) Today is the Festival of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, remembering that day when our Lord Jesus Christ was transfigured, that is, his appearance was changed, up on a mountain. … Continue reading

“Jesus Comes Today with Healing” (Sermon on Mark 1:29-39, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Jesus Comes Today with Healing” (Mark 1:29-39) Well, look at all those people Jesus healed! On a Sabbath afternoon, Simon Peter’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and Jesus healed her. And then that evening at sundown, after the Sabbath … Continue reading

“The Amazing, Astonishing Authority of Jesus” (Sermon on Mark 1:21-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Amazing, Astonishing Authority of Jesus” (Mark 1:21-28) Authority. What is your reaction when you hear that word, “authority”? I’m guessing that many of us would have a negative reaction to it. We Americans, in our culture, tend not to … Continue reading

“Repent, Believe, and Follow” (Sermon on Mark 1:14-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Repent, Believe, and Follow” (Mark 1:14-20) In the early chapters of the gospels, we track Jesus’ early ministry, as he goes about Galilee, preaching, teaching, and healing. As sort of a subset of his healing ministry, Jesus also casts out … Continue reading

“Glorify God in Your Body” (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Glorify God in Your Body” (1 Corinthians 6:12-20) “Flee from sexual immorality.” “Glorify God in your body.” Now those are two direct quotations from today’s Epistle reading, 1 Corinthians 6. “Flee from sexual immorality.” “Glorify God in your body.” Two … Continue reading

“Something in the Water” (Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Something in the Water” (Mark 1:4-11; Romans 6:1-11; Genesis 1:1-5) I don’t listen to pop music or country music on the radio, but recently I read that there is a song that’s popular on the airwaves right now that makes … Continue reading

“What’s the Big Deal about Epiphany?” (Sermon on Matthew 2:1-12, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“What’s the Big Deal about Epiphany?” (Matthew 2:1-12) “What’s the Big Deal about Epiphany?” I mean, what’s so special about this festival that we should have a special service for it, and on a day other than Sunday? In January, … Continue reading

“Jesus Really Means What He Says” (Sermon on Matthew 5:38-48, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“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 … Continue reading

A LampLight Conversation on the lessons for the Seventh Sunday after The Epiphany

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 … Continue reading

“Life and Blessing in God’s Commandments” (Sermon on Deuteronomy 30:15-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“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 … Continue reading

A LampLight Conversation on the lessons for the Sixth Sunday after The Epiphany

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 … Continue reading

“The Word of the Cross, the Power of God” (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:18 – 2:12, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“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 … Continue reading

A LampLight Conversation on the lessons for the Fifth Sunday after The Epiphany

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 … Continue reading

“On Us a Light Has Dawned” (Sermon on Matthew 4:12-25, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“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: … Continue reading

“Gifted Speakers” (Sermon on John 1:29-42a and 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“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, … Continue reading

“To Fulfill All Righteousness” (Sermon on Matthew 3:13-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“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 … Continue reading