“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

“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

“The Things of My Father” (Sermon on Luke 2:40-52, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Things of My Father” (Luke 2:40-52) Maybe you’ve seen the GEICO commercial of Peter Pan going to a class reunion. Peter Pan is portrayed as a twelve-year-old boy who has never grown up. His classmates, though, have aged naturally, … Continue reading

“The Word Became Flesh and Tabernacled among Us” (Christmas Day sermon on John 1:1-18, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Word Became Flesh and Tabernacled among Us” (John 1:1-18) “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” This … Continue reading

“Born for You a Savior” (Christmas Eve sermon on Luke 2:1-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Born for You a Savior” (Luke 2:1-20) “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” So the angel brought the good news of great joy to the shepherds. And … 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

“Spirit-Given Faith Greets the Savior” (Sermon on Luke 1:39-56, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Spirit-Given Faith Greets the Savior” (Luke 1:39-56) We’re coming near the end of Advent, and it’s time to greet the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ–not only at Christmas, but also when he comes again. Are you ready? Are you … Continue reading

On Fire for Christ!

Sometimes the Lutheran Church is accused of not being very missional. We’re solid when it comes to doctrine—justification by grace through faith alone—but when it comes to mission, well, we’re about as clueless as a synod in convention. Or so … Continue reading

“A Ruler from Bethlehem” (Sermon on Micah 5:2-5a, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Ruler from Bethlehem” (Micah 5:2-5a) So which is it? “Too little” or “by no means least”? We’re talking about Bethlehem here. On the one hand, the prophet Micah says that Bethlehem is “too little to be among the clans … Continue reading

“Or Shall We Look for Another?” (Sermon on Luke 7:18-35, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Or Shall We Look for Another?” (Luke 7:18-35) Options, options. Comparison shopping. Never satisfied. Always looking. The grass is always greener. That’s how people are these days. They swipe a new profile on an online dating site, and they think, … Continue reading

“The Messenger of the Covenant” (Sermon on Malachi 3:1-7b, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Messenger of the Covenant” (Malachi 3:1-7b) Which messenger is which? There are two messengers mentioned in our text for today from Malachi 3–in fact, three messengers, if you include Malachi himself. So which messenger is which? We’ll try to … Continue reading

“Bear Fruits in Keeping with Repentance” (Sermon on Luke 3:1-14, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Bear Fruits in Keeping with Repentance” (Luke 3:1-14) It’s Advent. Advent is a season of hope and anticipation, as we look forward to our Lord’s coming, both at Christmas and on the Last Day. But besides hope and anticipation, Advent … Continue reading

“A Righteous Branch” (Sermon on Jeremiah 33:14-16, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Righteous Branch” (Jeremiah 33:14-16) Yes, God did speak to his people of old by the prophets, and in many and various ways. And yes, now in these last days, God has spoken to us by his Son. But what … Continue reading

“Blessed is the King Who Comes in the Name of the Lord!” (Sermon on Luke 19:28-40, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Blessed is the King Who Comes in the Name of the Lord!” (Luke 19:28-40) As you can tell from the change in the color of the paraments and from the presence of the Advent wreath and from one candle being … Continue reading

“Thanking God for This Good Land” (Sermon on Deuteronomy 8:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Thanking God for This Good Land” (Deuteronomy 8:1-10) Today is the Day of National Thanksgiving. This is the day set aside for Americans to go to their churches and give thanks to God for his many blessings on our nation–which … Continue reading

“Therefore Let Us Draw Near, Hold Fast, and Stir Up” (Sermon on Hebrews 10:11-25, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Therefore Let Us Draw Near, Hold Fast, and Stir Up” (Hebrews 10:11-25) Last week we looked at Hebrews 9, where we are told that Christ is our high priest. Today we continue on into Hebrews 10, where the writer expands … Continue reading

“Born a Priest, Made a Pastor” (Sermon on Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Born a Priest, Made a Pastor” (Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16) Circuit Pastors’ Conference, November 10, 2015 Today is Martin Luther’s birthday. He’s 532 today, although I’d say he doesn’t look a day over 490. Yes, it was on this day, November … Continue reading

“Christ Is Our High Priest” (Sermon on Hebrews 9:24-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Christ Is Our High Priest” (Hebrews 9:24-28) Our Epistle reading today from the Book of Hebrews talks about a high priest entering into holy places made with hands. It talks about this high priest entering these holy places every year … Continue reading

“Church Militant, Church Triumphant: All Saints” (Sermon on Revelation 7:2-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Church Militant, Church Triumphant: All Saints” (Revelation 7:2-17) Today, November 1, is All Saints’ Day on the church-year calendar. This is a day for remembering our departed fellow Christians–those saints of old, as well as those from our own past–who … Continue reading

“The Law and the Prophets Bear Witness” (Sermon on Romans 3:19-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Law and the Prophets Bear Witness” (Romans 3:19-28) Today being the last Sunday in October, this is the day we observe Reformation Day, celebrating what happened 498 years ago, when, on October 31, 1517, Dr. Martin Luther went to … Continue reading

“Entering His Rest” (Sermon on Hebrews 4:1-13, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Entering His Rest” (Hebrews 4:1-13) If you’ve ever had to work and work and work, if you’ve ever been worn out and exhausted, when you feel like you can’t go on but you have to, when you’re drained and tired … Continue reading

The Gospel According to Elsa

Jesus never said, “Let go and let God”, He said, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” There’s a big difference. Both “let go and let God” and “repent and believe” acknowledge that we have trouble, but they locate the source … Continue reading