“The Helper: The Paraclete of Pentecost” (Sermon on John 15:26-27 and 16:4b-15, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Helper: The Paraclete of Pentecost” (John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15) “To You, O Paraclete, we raise / Unending songs of thanks and praise.” Did you catch that last line of the hymn we just sang? And did you wonder who or … Continue reading

“Rest for the Heavy Laden” (Sermon on Matthew 11:25-30 and Romans 7:14-25a, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Rest for the Heavy Laden” (Matthew 11:25-30; Romans 7:14-25a) In New York Harbor there stands a famous statue, the Statue of Liberty. In her one hand, Lady Liberty is holding a tablet bearing the date July 4, 1776, the day … Continue reading

“St. Peter and St. Paul: Losing Their Lives for Jesus’ Sake” (Sermon on Matthew 10:38-39, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“St. Peter and St. Paul: Losing Their Lives for Jesus’ Sake” (Matthew 10:38-39) Today is the Third Sunday after Pentecost, but it is also June 29. And June 29 is the day in the church year for observing the Festival … Continue reading

Blood Moons and Joel 2

 On Friday, Pr. Todd Wilken interviewed James Patrick Holding of Tekton Education and Apologetics Ministries  concerning his review in the Christian Research Journal of televangelist John Hagee’s book Four Blood Moons. Holding’s review article is titled “Hagee’s Magic Apologetics.” Holding’s book is titled Blood Moon Lunacy and was … Continue reading

“Have No Fear of Them” (Sermon on Matthew 10:5a, 21-33, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Have No Fear of Them” (Matthew 10:5a, 21-33) Today is the start of the long green season in the church year. The festival seasons have passed–Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter–those months when we tracked Jesus’ birth, his baptism, his transfiguration, … Continue reading

“The Front Porch of Peter’s Pentecost Sermon” (Sermon on Acts 2:1-21, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Front Porch of Peter’s Pentecost Sermon” (Acts 2:1-21) The purpose of a front porch is to get people into the house. The front porch may be small, the front porch may be large, but it does its job if … Continue reading

“Parthians and Medes at Pentecost” (Sermon on Acts 2:1-21, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Parthians and Medes at Pentecost” (Acts 2:1-21) One of the ironic things about the readings for the Day of Pentecost is when the lector–that is, the person reading the lessons–when the lector comes to Acts 2, verse 9, and has … Continue reading

“Jesus Is Our Great High Priest–Now What?” (Sermon on Hebrews 10:11-25, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Jesus Is Our Great High Priest–Now What?” (Hebrews 10:11-25) Today is the seventh straight Sunday when the assigned Epistle for the day comes from the Letter of Hebrews. We lost a couple of those readings due to observing Reformation and … Continue reading

“How You ‘Mite Give'” (Sermon on Mark 12:38-44, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“How You ‘Mite Give’” (Mark 12:38-44) Today I want to talk to you about how you give. Notice, I said “how you give,” rather than “how much you give.” There’s a difference. How you give is much more important than … Continue reading

“Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise” (Sermon on Hebrews 4, Mark 10, and Ecclesiastes 5, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise” (Hebrews 4:1-16; Mark 10:23-31; Ecclesiastes 5:10-20) You’ve all heard the old saying: Early to bed And early to rise Makes a man healthy, Wealthy, and wise. And there’s some truth to that–although, right now, it’s a … Continue reading

“Today, If You Hear His Voice” (Sermon on Hebrews 3:12-19, Mark 10:17-22, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Today, If You Hear His Voice” (Hebrews 3:12-19; Mark 10:17-22) What day is it? It is . . . today. And since it is today, that means that this is the most important day for you to hear God’s voice. … Continue reading

“Let the Children Come to Jesus” (Sermon on Mark 10:2-16, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Let the Children Come to Jesus” (Mark 10:2-16) A portion of the Holy Gospel for today, from Mark 10, reading as follows: “And they were bringing children to [Jesus] that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But … Continue reading

“The Wisdom of Humble Servanthood” (Sermon on James 3:13 – 4:10 and Mark 9:30-37, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Wisdom of Humble Servanthood” (James 3:13 – 4:10; Mark 9:30-37) Who among us here today would like to be regarded as wise and understanding? OK. Who among us would like to be regarded as great, as a great person? … Continue reading

“‘Ephphatha,’ That Is, ‘Be Opened'” (Sermon on Mark 7:31-37, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“‘Ephphatha,’ That Is, ‘Be Opened’” (Mark 7:31-37) “And they brought to [Jesus] a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. And taking him aside from the crowd privately, … Continue reading

“Tradition! Tradition!” (Sermon on Mark 7:1-13, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Tradition! Tradition!” (Mark 7:1-13) In the musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” the lead character, Tevye, sings out, “Tradition! Tradition!” And then he explains: “Because of our traditions, we’ve kept our balance for many, many years. Here in Anatevka we have … Continue reading