The Government of God Incarnate — Christmas Eve Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder.” Isaiah 916a Paul Gerhardt asks the question: If our blessed Lord and maker hated men, Would He then be … Continue reading

God Made Accessible – Pr David Kind

For the remaining days of Christmas, here is a brief pastoral letter that helps us understand: who Jesus is what Jesus did what Jesus does what Jesus will do So much said in so few words so easy to understand! … 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 Word Became Flesh

“Thus the most precious treasure and strongest consolation we Christians have is this: that the Word, the true and natural Son of God, became man, with flesh and blood like that of any other human; that He became incarnate for … Continue reading

Preaching, God’s Laxative for Your Heart

Before next Sunday, we will once again celebrate that most significant of events in human history, the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the wonderful proclamation that for your sake, God came down from heaven, was incarnate by … Continue reading

Jesus in the Lions’ Den: A Sermon for the Nativity of Our Lord

Our celebration of the Savior’s birth can become so routine that we become numb to the joy—and the horror— of it all. On the one hand, it’s really odd that the Incarnation of our Lord is one of the Church’s … Continue reading

Into the Chaos: A Sermon for the Nativity of Our Lord on St. John 1:1-14

Glory be to God on high, and on earth, peace, good will toward men! But instead of peace on earth, chaos often reigns. We long for the peace of this silent, holy night. All too often, the chaos disrupts the … Continue reading

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

Ad Te Levavi- Homeless Jesus (St. Matthew 21:1-9)

Behold, your king is coming to you, humble and mounted on a donkey (Matt 21:5). A donkey—it just doesn’t seem a fitting chariot for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And not only was he sitting on a lowly … Continue reading