“Our Father Who Art in Heaven” (Sermon on Matthew 6:1-21; The Lord’s Prayer; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Our Father Who Art in Heaven” (Matthew 6:1-21; The Lord’s Prayer) You know, during Lent there is a strong tradition to do a series on some part of the Catechism. And that’s what we’re going to do for this Lenten … Continue reading

A LampLight Conversation on the lessons for the First Sunday in Lent

Click here to listen to this week’s show. This week on LampLight Conversations, Pastor Randy Asburry, who serves at Hope Lutheran Church in St. Louis MO, and also co–hosts Steadfast Throwdown  (which will debut on KNGN.org the first week of Lent), joined our conversation on the … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Ash Wednesday and Lent

Image via Wikipedia Falat Julian Ash Wednesday, watercolor, 78 x 113 cm (detail) So, what are the supposed pagan origins of Ash Wednesday and Lent? There are two aspects of Ash Wednesday and Lent that need to be emphasized. First … Continue reading

“O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken?” (Sermon on Luke 23:1-56, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken?” (Luke 23:1-56) “O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken?” Short answer: None. But then why all this pain and sorrow and death on this day when Jesus is sentenced and crucified … Continue reading

“The New Covenant in My Blood” (Sermon on Luke 22:7-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The New Covenant in My Blood” (Luke 22:7-20) “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” So said Jesus on this night, this night on which he was betrayed, this Holy Thursday when … Continue reading

“From Palms to Passion” (Sermon on Luke 19:28-40 and 22:1 – 23:56, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“From Palms to Passion” (Luke 19:28-40; 22:1 – 23:56) Today is a day that goes by two names. The one that we’re probably more familiar with is “Palm Sunday.” For it was on this day that Jesus made his triumphal … Continue reading

“The Joy of Zacchaeus” (Sermon on Luke 19:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Joy of Zacchaeus” (Luke 19:1-10) The story of Zacchaeus is a very famous and familiar story in the Bible. Most of us probably remember it from our Sunday School lessons and from that children’s song we all learned. You … Continue reading

“What Will the Owner of the Vineyard Do?” (Sermon on Luke 20:9-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“What Will the Owner of the Vineyard Do?” (Luke 20:9-20) In the Holy Gospel for today, from Luke 20, Jesus tells a parable. It’s the Parable of the Tenants, also called the Parable of the Vineyard. It goes like this: … Continue reading

“The Joy of Jesus” (Sermon on Luke 10:21-24, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Joy of Jesus” (Luke 10:21-24) Our theme for this midweek Lenten series is “A Little Lenten Lukan Joy.” We’ve been looking at the passages in the Gospel of Luke where the words “joy” or “rejoice” occur. And in most … Continue reading

“The Joy of Names Written in Heaven” (Sermon on Luke 10:1-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Joy of Names Written in Heaven” (Luke 10:1-20) President Kennedy famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” And, in the civil realm, that’s fine. But is it … Continue reading

“Jesus’ Take on Mass Tragedies: ‘Repent or Perish'” (Sermon on Luke 13:1-9, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Jesus’ Take on Mass Tragedies: ‘Repent or Perish’” (Luke 13:1-9) Whenever there’s a mass tragedy in the news–a building collapse or a mass murder, for instance—it’s become customary in our society to get opinions and comments from various high-profile individuals, … Continue reading

“The Joy of Persecution” (Sermon on Luke 6:20-36, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Joy of Persecution” (Luke 6:20-36) Two weeks ago, on Ash Wednesday, we started this series on “A Little Lenten Lukan Joy.” And you may have thought that the theme that night, “The Joy of Repentance,” was a little strange. … Continue reading

“The Joy of Christmas” (Sermon on Luke 1:39-56 and 2:1-14, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Joy of Christmas” (Luke 1:39-56; 2:1-14) Our theme for our midweek Lenten services this year is “A Little Lenten Lukan Joy.” What we’re doing is going through the Gospel of Luke and tracing the motif of joy that runs … Continue reading

“The Joy of Repentance” (Sermon on Luke 15:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Joy of Repentance” (Luke 15:1-10) Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent. And today we begin a series of six midweek services under the theme, “A Little Lenten Lukan Joy.” Let me explain. This … Continue reading