Five-hundredth anniversary of the Heidelberg Disputation (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Five hundred years ago today, on April 26, 1518, Martin Luther presented and defended a number of “theological paradoxes” in a debate at Heidelberg. Coming less than six months after the Ninety-five Theses, the Heidelberg Disputation was an important step … Continue reading

“The Love That Lays Down Its Life” (Sermon on 1 John 3:16-24, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Love That Lays Down Its Life” (1 John 3:16-24) “The King of Love My Shepherd Is.” What a beautiful hymn to sing on this day in the church year known as “Good Shepherd Sunday”! How we need a good … Continue reading

“What We Are Now and What We Will Be” (Sermon on 1 John 3:1-7, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“What We Are Now and What We Will Be” (1 John 3:1-7) Last week we began a series of six straight weeks of Epistle readings from 1 John. Our theme last week was “Fellowship through the Word of Life”: We … Continue reading

“Fellowship through the Word of Life” (Sermon on 1 John 1:1 – 2:2, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Fellowship through the Word of Life” (1 John 1:1 – 2:2) Today on this Second Sunday of Easter, we begin six straight weeks of Epistle readings from First John. This is quite appropriate for the Easter season, since First John … Continue reading

“He Is Risen: No Fooling!” (Sermon on Mark 16:1-8, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“He Is Risen: No Fooling!” (Mark 16:1-8) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) Yes, it’s true! This is no April Fools’ joke. Jesus really is risen from the dead! Just like he said he would. Just like … Continue reading

“It Is Finished” (Sermon on John 19:17-30, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“It Is Finished” (John 19:17-30) “Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), ‘I thirst.’ A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop … Continue reading

“Love Received, Love to Give” (Sermon on John 13:1-17, 31b-35, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Love Received, Love to Give” (John 13:1-17, 31b-35) “Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” Yes, Jesus did that. And he also tells his disciples: “A new commandment I give to you, … Continue reading

“Annunciation, Acclamation, Crucifixion” (Sermon on Luke 1:30-33; Mark 11:1-10; 15:1-39; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Annunciation, Acclamation, Crucifixion” (Luke 1:30-33; Mark 11:1-10; 15:1-39) Today is a day in the church year that goes by two names, “Palm Sunday” and the “Sunday of the Passion.” This is Palm Sunday, the day when our Lord Jesus Christ … Continue reading

“The Real Jesus Is All You Really Need” (Sermon on John 1:1-18 and Ephesians 1:3-14, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Real Jesus Is All You Really Need” (John 1:1-18; Ephesians 1:3-14) In Sunday morning Bible class, we’re doing a study based on the book, “Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? 12 False Christs.” And in these midweek Lenten … Continue reading

“Set Free to Serve” (Sermon on Mark 10:32-45, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Set Free to Serve” (Mark 10:32-45) I want to start out our message today with a little quiz. Multiple-choice. Which of these two statements is true: a) “A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none,” or … Continue reading

“It’s a Gift!” (Sermon on Ephesians 2:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“It’s a Gift!” (Ephesians 2:1-10) You are a Christian. You are saved. You believe in Christ. You are heading for heaven. And in your Christian life, you do good works. Now the question arises: How did all this come about? … Continue reading

“One Option or the Only Way?” (Sermon on John 14:1-6, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“One Option or the Only Way?” (John 14:1-6) We live in an age of religious pluralism. Religious pluralism is the belief that there are a plurality of religions, many religions, that can work. No one religion has a corner on … Continue reading

“Weak Power and Foolish Wisdom” (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Weak Power and Foolish Wisdom” (1 Corinthians 1:18-31) Every so often an organization called the American Religious Identification Survey conducts a national survey to find out how Americans are identifying themselves by their religion. And so we have data to … Continue reading

“Who Is the Real Jesus?” (Sermon on Matthew 16:13-23, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Who Is the Real Jesus?” (Matthew 16:13-23) In Bible class on Sunday mornings, we just started a study based on the book, “Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?” In this book, the author discusses twelve false christs that are … Continue reading

“Passion Prediction, Passion Production” (Sermon on Mark 8:27-38 and Romans 5:1-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Passion Prediction, Passion Production” (Mark 8:27-38; Romans 5:1-11) Most of you probably remember a movie a few years back called “The Passion of the Christ.” It was about Jesus’ suffering and death. That’s what the word “Passion’ means in that … Continue reading

“Out of the Water, into the Wilderness” (Sermon on Mark 1:9-15, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Out of the Water, into the Wilderness” (Mark 1:9-15) Today is the First Sunday in Lent, which means that the Holy Gospel is an account of the temptation of our Lord. Matthew, Mark, and Luke all record this episode that … Continue reading

“Hearts and Ashes” (Sermon on Joel 2:12-19, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Hearts and Ashes” (Joel 2:12-19) Today is Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is a day for sending your love a box of candy and a Valentine’s card. Something like this: Roses are red, Violets are blue; Sugar is sweet, And so … Continue reading

“Where Is the Healing?” (Sermon on Mark 1:29-39, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Where Is the Healing?” (Mark 1:29-39) Every year during the Epiphany season, we get Gospel readings in which Jesus is doing the activities of his public ministry. We see Jesus busy with things like preaching, teaching, and healing the sick. … Continue reading

“The War of the Worlds” (Sermon on Mark 1:21-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The War of the Worlds” (Mark 1:21-28) Have you ever heard of “The War of the Worlds”? No, I’m not talking about H. G. Wells’s classic novel about Martians invading Earth. Nor am I talking about Orson Welles’s radio version … Continue reading

“Hold Lightly to the Things of This World” (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 7:29-31, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Hold Lightly to the Things of This World” (1 Corinthians 7:29-31) Are you married? Some of you are, some of you aren’t. OK, so let’s broaden the field. How about these questions: Are there times when you mourn? Are there … Continue reading

“Philip and Nathanael: A Story of Witnessing” (Sermon on John 1:43-51, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Philip and Nathanael: A Story of Witnessing” (John 1:43-51) The Holy Gospel for today, from John 1, takes place very early in Jesus’ ministry, when he was first gathering his disciples. It’s the story of Philip and Nathanael, how they … Continue reading

“The Heavens Being Torn Open” (Sermon on Mark 1:4-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Heavens Being Torn Open” (Mark 1:4-11) How many of you know when your baptismal birthday is? Mine is September 10. What’s yours? It’s good to take note of and remember the day of your baptism, that happy day when … Continue reading

“What Epiphany Tells Us about Worship” (Sermon on Matthew 2:1-12, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“What Epiphany Tells Us about Worship” (Matthew 2:1-12) The Festival of the Epiphany of Our Lord always falls on January 6, regardless of the day of the week. In that respect, it’s like Christmas, which always falls on December 25. … Continue reading

“And the Word Became Flesh” (Sermon on John 1:1-18, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“And the Word Became Flesh” (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.” Dear brothers and sisters … Continue reading