Love, Homosexuality, and Christianity – Do Ask, Do Tell

If you have paid attention to the news over the last several years you have noticed that there has been a lot of attention given to the topic of homosexuality, especially over gay ‘marriage’ and the, Don’t ask, Don’t tell … Continue reading

God’s Forgetful Forgiveness

3Sometimes we struggle to forgive. When someone sins against us, we can have trouble forgiving. Especially when we have been really badly hurt, we feel that the offending party doesn’t deserve forgiveness from us. Even when we try to forgive, … Continue reading

Lutheran Church or 7-Eleven? A Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

In today’s Holy Gospel (Mark 7:31-37), our Lord shows us how profoundly our hearing affects us. Before he’d heard God’s Word, the man in our text was deaf and had trouble speaking. But then he heard God’s Word and his … Continue reading

“Father, Forgive Them” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Ash Wednesday February 10, 2016 “Father, Forgive Them” Luke 23:32-34 “There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the … Continue reading

Satan, the World’s First Feminist

Adam did battle with Satan in the Garden Paradise and lost. It was a no-contest, really. By the time round two came around, Eden had been a distant memory and Satan had home-field advantage. The desert wilderness couldn’t have been … Continue reading

“The Nativity of our Lord: A Savior is born to you this day.” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

“For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11 Talking about Christmas we remember Christmases past. We remember our families. Christmastime is family time. It’s a family … Continue reading

The Most Dangerous Situation You’ll Ever Encounter: A Sermon for Wednesday of Judica on Psalm 130

Click here for a free, downloadable Bible study of Psalm 130 from Around the Word. Out | of the depths*      I cry to you, | O LORD! O Lord, | hear my voice!*      Let your ears be attentive … Continue reading

False Christs and Wrong Answers: A Sermon for the Confession of St. Peter on St. Mark 8:27-35

From the very beginning of St. Mark’s Gospel, things hadn’t been going particularly well for our Lord. In chapter 1 He’s tempted by Satan, opposed by demons, and disobeyed by even those He had healed. In chapter 2, the scribes … Continue reading

Saturday Morning Vocation

Saturday morning the alarm clock went off. Translation: It was a healthy bit after 8:00 and the kids were fighting about who was in who’s space while they watched TV. I wasn’t amused. Our three-year-old came in to inform us … Continue reading

Why Church? A Sermon for the Third Sunday after Epiphany on St. Matthew 8:1—13

If you ask people why they come to church, they might say, “It makes me feel good.” There’s nothing quite like gathering together around Word & Sacrament with God’s people. Church often makes us feel good, and when it does, thanks be … Continue reading

Keeping Mercy & Life Together Together

  I recently had the privilege of attending “In the World for Good”, a conference on Urban Ministry at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN. The keynote speaker was Dr. John Nunes, the recently appointed Emil and Elfriede Jochum … Continue reading

Be Aware Of The Back Door Tactic Of The Evil One

In the book Grace Upon Grace the author, Dr. John Kleinig, describes Satan’s attack on Christians and the Church. Kleinig notes that we too quickly think of spiritual battle in supernatural or spectacular ways. We think of Satan doing glamorous … Continue reading