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Sermon for Pentecost 9 — Heavenly Host Sunday, July 26

July 27, 2015 Leave a comment

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Grace and peace…

Anyone read mysteries? They’re fun aren’t they? If the author is really good there’s more than one false trail through the all the evidence as it’s revealed. More than one person has a motive, opportunity, and means to be the perp. And in the end when the mystery is revealed it seems like all those even seemingly extraneous pieces of information click into place like tumblers in a lock.

fb7d813dba358c4b9513a092a611f9d6If you read Paul’s whole letter to the Christians in Ephesus, you’ll get the sense that Paul is hitting something of a high note here in our reading before he goes on. Chapter 2, by grace you’ve been saved through faith, not by works lest anyone should boast. Last week’s reading from the first part of chapter 3, remembering that we who were once far off, alienated, separated, strangers, have been brought near, made citizens of God’s eternal kingdom, by the blood of Christ. Everything up to now has been leading to this prayer, this blessing. Such is the case Paul is trying to make about the mystery of Christ.

It’s really an unfortunate thing that many modern translations use the word secret here for the mystery of God in Christ. Mystery and secret are two different things. We know a little something about mysteries, so let’s start out with secret. What’s a secret? The tabloid newspapers delight in exposing secrets don’t they? So and so celebrity is secretly dating some other celebrity. Some other celebrity couple secretly got married. But once the secret is out, there’s really not much else to it. Whereas with a mystery, the more you learn about a mystery the more there is to learn. There are layers. This is especially the case with the mystery of God in Christ.

Salvation comes by grace through faith in Christ Jesus, for all people. Gentiles, people who were once thought to be outside the people of God, have been brought in, made inheritors of the riches of heaven, by the blood of Jesus. This is indeed a mystery. There are so very many questions in that last paragraph a lone, a lifetime would not be long enough to investigate fully all the meanings and implications. How much more the rest of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians? The rest of his letters? The rest of the NT or the whole of the Scriptures? Here in our Epistle reading today Paul is describing the very center of the Christian life, what its core is, something not unlike the total faith Jesus is calling Peter to as He calls him to step out of the boat. Paul is telling us something of the mystery of God in Christ, even its posture, kneeling in humble receptivity for everything God gives.

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, that he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith and to know the love of Christ.” Paul is essentially letting the Christians in Ephesus listen in on the prayers he prays for them, that they would know the immeasurability of God’s wisdom and Christ’s love. These are good things to focus our attention today as we celebrate together praise God for what He is doing among us together here at Heavenly Host Lutheran Church and School.

It’s good to see so many folks back in church. Things get busy in the summertime and people travel. With our school starting this past Friday and the public schools starting tomorrow, it seems like our community is returning to a fuller rhythm again. Before long, ladies Bible class will be going, the choir will be rehearsing and singing in church again. I always like that. Lots of good work was done in the school this summer and the sprinkler system is repaired finally. We have our pastoral student intern, Vicar Presley with us. Starting tomorrow we have a new administrative assistant in the church office. Lots of things are coming together. And we have much to be thankful for. Reading this passage from Ephesians, I almost get the sense that Paul is not just praying for the church in Ephesus but for all churches to be strengthened with power through the Spirit of God our inner being so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith and we know the love of Christ.” Certainly as our school starts, it is our prayer that students and teachers grow in the same wisdom and love and so be filled with the fullness of God. Now so, perhaps more than ever.

A number of people have asked me about the training I attended last week in Springfield. I’ve said it was as good or better than anything I’d done since seminary and it was. Some of it was about ministerial health and wholeness not something I’d never heard before but it was delivered in a very different way than I’d experienced before. My seminary professors and my vicarage supervisor were always very clear about taking the care to do the tasks of pastoring excellently and taking care not to neglect one’s family. But this time I received this training in a different context, in what seemed like the context of battle. With my background, I’d liken it to military basic training before 9/11 and the changes that have been made since. You can imagine that the whole atmosphere of basic training changed when recruits were faced with the immanent pressure of battle. It’s not a matter of if you’ll ever need the training but when.

And so it is among us. In the last two months alone, we have watched as the highest court in the land reduced what God instituted in the Garden as very good, into nothing more than a legal arrangement any two consenting adults can center. And in the past two weeks we have watched the inevitable result from Roe v. Wade, what appears to be the unconscionable use of aborted fetuses. There are more and more mass shootings. And that’s just what makes the national news. What about all the intensely personal stories of grief and sorrow over illness and loss, even shame over the mistakes we’ve made, that we experience in our neighborhoods, families, and in our own hearts? It’s not a matter of if we’ll ever need to be strengthened to understand the fullness of the love of Christ for us, for our world, it’s a matter of when.

Paul knew this about the Christians in Ephesus and he may have even anticipated that future generations of Christians, would need to know of the power of God poured out on us. But I want to point out especially that this text does not end in a lament from Paul but rather a hymn of praise to God, a doxology.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

The fullness of God dwelling in us richly overflows in high praise, in doxology, “to Him be glory.”

The name of the group leading the training I went to is Doxology: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel. They take their name from a verse of a very new hymn, “O God, O Lord of Heaven and Earth” number 834 in our hymnal.

O Spirit, who didst once restore

Thy church that it might be again the bringer of good news to men,

Breathe on Thy cloven Church once more,

That in these gray and latter days

There may be those whose life is praise, each life a high doxology

To Father, Son and unto Thee.

While there are some amazing things about life in our world, things symbolized by the rainbow God gave Noah, renewal, rebirth, new life, even love, we cannot deny we are in gray and latter days. When even that sign and promise of God is coopted That’s why it’s not just good but truly essential to come to church and hear God’s promises. Not just to check the box of a commandment fulfilled but rather to receive the gifts of God poured out on us anew and be filled again with the Spirit of God. To praise Him whose promises never fail. To praise Him who poured out on us the power of God in Holy Baptism. To praise him who does for us far more than we ever to think or pray for. It why it’s good that our school is a place where at least for now, an increasingly corrupt state has so little say and we can teach God’s truth and share together in the fullness of His love, to share in the mystery of God poured out for us in the blood of Christ Jesus.

Another mystery, is that God continues to let things go as they are. Why? The closest thing the Scriptures tell us about that mystery is so that more people can know about God in Christ. And so we come to hear and rehear, we read and reread, we study and wrestle with the mysteries of God in Christ for another Sunday, for another school year. Thanks and praise be to God who works through us with power He has given us. Amen.

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Sermon for Pentecost 6, July 5th

July 27, 2015 Leave a comment

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Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.

de-dos-en-dos1-e1339422180393God is sending His faithful to speak to those who have rejected Him in matters both large and small.

The Lord God sent His prophet Ezekiel to the rebellious house of Israel.

The Lord Jesus send His twelve disciples to the same people.

And I think we typically hear these sending events in connection with Jesus end times parables in which harvest is plentiful but the workers are few and so we typically pay less attention to the close context of the verses themselves and less attention to our cultural context today.

So just as quickly as we can, let’s look at all that and then allow me to reflect a little on where I see this touching what we do together at Heavenly Host.

In Mark’s telling of the sending out of the Twelve here, Jesus tells them specifically to pack not just light, but ultralight. Take essentially nothing, a walking stick yes, but not even a change of clothes. It’s not spelled out as such but it’s pretty clearly implied that they won’t need anything more than that to do what the Lord is sending them to do. Keep in mind also that Jesus is sending them out immediately after His rejection in Nazareth so there is an anticipation of their rejection where they go. Jesus even gives them a rite to perform if they are rejected, shake off the dust and move along.

Likewise in the OT reading today, the Lord anticipates Ezekiel’s less than warm reception by His people Israel and tells him in effect, “Go, tell, but don’t be surprised if they don’t listen because they’re rebels. And whether they receive you or not, they’ll know a prophet has been among them.”

There’s not promise to either Ezekiel or to the Twelve that there’s going to be a great harvest.

So this is not the part of the sermon where I beat you up about not going enough or not doing enough personal evangelism. If you are supposed to go and tell, the Lord will make it abundantly clear to you that is your mission. Your gifts might be in other areas. If you know you’re sent by Jesus to go and tell and if you’re not, God will act. The story of Jonah is certainty enough for me of God’s action to seek and save the lost. This is the part of the sermon where I say it is our collective task as the Church in the broadest sense, and it is our task as a church body in the group we call the Missouri Synod to go and tell, and it’s certainly our collective task as a congregation to do this work in Cookeville and our area of the Upper Cumberland.

Anthropologists tells us that one of the great advances that came with early groups of people moving from hunter gatherer cultures to agricultural-centered cultures was the opportunity for division of labor. If the farmers can produce all the food it frees others up to create other things for the flourishing of human society like hospitals and law and religion. If each and every person is supposed to be an evangelist, the church ends up pretty lopsided, pretty quickly with a lot of new people gathered in but who is left to teach the faith and foster growth and to teach others to pray and to foster the organization for the best use of all these talents? This is not to say there’s no place for personal witness. We are all called to be ready to give witness to the hope that is within us. A parent can do no better thing than tell her or his child about what Jesus means for them and to show day in and day out that there is meaning and purpose to life because it all comes from God through faith in Christ. But not everyone need be an apostle, or an evangelist, or a teacher. But when your child or your neighbor asks why you believe or what you believe, there’s your chance to witness to the hope that is in you.

So, today we’re welcoming our new vicar, Mr. Thomas Presley into our midst. Thomas has completed two years of seminary instruction at Ft. Wayne and is ready to continue his learning in how all the Scripture and teaching he’s learned gets applied in the lives of real people every day. And that’s a little exciting and maybe even a little terrifying. And all of this prep he’s doing is so that he can one day do what I do, what the apostles did, and what countless generations of pastors in between have done, to be called by the Lord Jesus to deliver God’s grace in Christ Jesus to people.

And maybe there are some of us who say, well, good, better him than me. But we can’t say that. Not because we’re all preparing to be pastors but because it is our collective task to go and tell. For many of us, that means a support role. In what houses would the Twelve stay if there were none to house them? Likewise, in what church can there be a seminary to train men like Thomas, if we don’t support it with our prayers and even with the gifts God has given us? Today in your bulletin is a flyer about our district’s financial support church workers, not just pastors but teachers and other professional workers, who are at our colleges and seminaries preparing to do the work God is calling them to do. Without your support, the burden is far greater on them. I would like you to prayerfully consider an additional offering in generous support of our district’s workers, men like Chris Biernacki from our own congregation who was just ordained and men like Thomas who are but here for a season and women too who studying to be teachers and directors of Christian education and outreach and deaconesses. You can put that offering in the plate and we’ll count it and direct it to the synod or you can send it directly. In this way you can feel good and feel like the owner of a house in a village that welcomes one of the Twelve and supports the work of the God’s kingdom in the Church.

Jesus sends His Twelve, a very Israel oriented number, as a new Israel. If there’s any doubt. Compare how the twelve go out with how Israel were called out of Egypt.

Mark’s Injunctions (6:8–9) Exodus Event
a staff/rod eating with a staff in hand (Ex 12:11)
no bread manna provided daily (Ex 16:4–36)
belt with no money girded and ready to flee (Ex 12:11)
sandals on their feet sandals on their feet (Ex 12:11; Dt 29:5)
single tunic single garment (Deut 8:4; 29: 5])[1]

And so today in our Gospel reading, Jesus sends out the 12, Israel reconstituted, called and sent with authority to cast out that is opposed to God and His active kingship in the world.

That’s what the Christian Church is up against today in our world, what our congregation is up against, too, even in Cookeville. The devil and the world will be thrilled with us if our sole purpose is to create and foster friendships and hold events that keep us all content with ourselves and our pretty building. The devil and the world will hate us and attack us if the cross and resurrection of Jesus is central to who we are and what we are pointing others to, if Christ-centered, Holy Spirit inspired worship and Scripture study and Christian caring for one another and our neighbors are the most important things we do.

Just ad I have asked you in the name of the Lord to consider a gift towards church work students in our district, I would ask you to do two more things. The first is this, please consider inviting your friends and neighbors who do not attend church to come to an event here at church, whether that’s a worship service or a Bible study or our Vacation Bible School if they have children, or even a church picnic. Katie has done recitals and hymn sings and those are really easy to ask people to come to with you. Also, please do this, ask your friends and neighbors to come and give blood on Saturday, Sept 15th. We’re not just doing a blood drive for our sake, but to be a place where our friends and neighbors can support people in our community. I think it’s a powerful statement that we are willing to literally bleed to help our community and to invite others to do the same.

Jesus came and bled not just for us, or for the people of Israel of which we are not counted as part, but for the world. And He sends us collectively into the world to be a part of what He is doing, to bring the kingdom of God, to bring order out of chaos, to bring Jesus’ healing to those hurting, to love where there is hate, to be His agents of peace. And whether you’re received or not, they will know God’s sent one has been among them.

Jesus is reconciling the world to Himself through His cross. You’re a part of it with the gifts He’s given you. Thanks be to God. Amen.

[1] James W. Voelz, Concordia Commentary: Mark 1:1–8:26 (ed. Dean O. Wenthe; St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2013), 394.

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Message on Pentecost 3, June 14

July 27, 2015 Leave a comment

The text for this sermon is Mark 4:26–34.  I borrowed heavily for this sermon, but I can’t remember the source.

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510852_1191_369137Grace and peace to you.

The text for the sermon today is the Gospel reading, Jesus’ teaching about the kingdom in parables.

Jesus teaches in parables. And some have likened Jesus’ parables to Aesop’s fables, you know, stories with a moral or a message. With that understanding, the parable of the prodigal son becomes something like, honor your father and mother, and the parable of the Good Samaritan becomes, be nice to strangers in need. I’m convinced that Jesus parables are very different from what we just described. Yes, they have a message but that message is very different than a moral in a fable. In Jesus’ parables the core truth is more difficult, and I don’t mean difficult to see in the parable, but hard to hear, hard to understand the implications of, hard to believe. Jesus is telling truths in parables but telling it sideways because straight on is too confrontational. There’s a poem by Emily Dickinson that might help us here. She writes:

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant —

Success in Circuit lies

Too bright for our infirm Delight

The Truth’s superb surprise

As Lightning to the Children eased

With explanation kind

The Truth must dazzle gradually

Or every man be blind —

Jesus tells the truth about the kingdom of God but He tells it sideways, or slant, because He knows his hearers can’t bear to hear it, and take it in, all at once. Pastor Eugene Peterson, takes this line from Emily Dickinson to explain what Jesus is doing and then turns the metaphor up to eleven. He says Jesus’ parables are like narrative time bombs. You hear them – tick – wonder about them – tick – think maybe you’ve got it – tick – and then as you walk away – tick – or over the course of the next day or so – tick – and all of a sudden the truth Jesus meant to convey strikes home – boom! – almost overwhelming you with its implications or, per Dickinson, blinding you with its vision.

And so the kingdom of God is like a man scattering seed on the ground and he sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how but at harvest time, there is a harvest. If you want to see something interesting, lay out the 4 commentaries on Mark I have on my shelf and you’ll see each commentator has a different explanation to this parable. How can that be? Maybe this will be fun. How many think Jesus is speaking about growth in the kingdom? How many believe it’s about the power of the seeds? Or maybe it’s about the mystery of how the seeds grow? Maybe it’s about how little the farmer has to do to get growth? And that’s how we get different readings by commentators. Let’s do this, let’s set aside whatever we think this parable means, go over to the other one about the mustard seed and then come back. Jesus tells these parables in parallel with one another and so they are most likely telling us something in parallel about the kingdom and we can use Scripture to interpret Scripture. That’s always a good plan.

And Jesus said, the kingdom of God is “like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” Let’s do this again. It might be fun. How many think this parable is about faith? How many about growth in the kingdom? How many about how big things can come from small things? Maybe it’s about gathering people into it?

It’s difficult to definitively say what these parables mean because Mark doesn’t tell us what Jesus said when He privately explained his parables. We have that in some other cases but not here. We know that Jesus’ kingdom preaching was not well-received at the time. It was rejected by most and misunderstood even by those closest to Him. The kingdom of God we know comes not through a golden crown but a crown of thorns. That’s kind of like the insignificance of a mustard seed. Jesus’ cross doesn’t look like much to establish a kingdom but that kingdom has grown tremendously so that all kinds of birds have come and made their home in it. Keep in mind one more connection. We’re hearing these parables today with the prophecy of Ezekiel 17 running in the background about Israel being planted like a cedar of Lebanon, a tree so majestic no one would pick a weedy mustard shrub over it. And so that may also inform how we look at what is truly of the kingdom today. Compare the kingdom of God Jesus describes here with a real kingdom like Wall Street.

Every morning the stock exchange opens, they ring the bell and there is an immediate sense that kingdoms are expanding, that money is being made. The traders no longer scream and shout their orders and it’s more sedate on the trading floor but the computers are transferring millions of dollars in milliseconds. That’s the powerful intensity of money at work. Compare that to a wheat field sown with seed or a growing mustard plant. There is no bell, no visible power, uncertain money to be made in one case, an invasive plant growing in the other. And that’s the kingdom of God.

You and I live in a world where around every corner lies a threat to our very existence. We are now aware of giant asteroids that scientists tell us will one day create an extinction level event on our planet. But even before something like that happens, we have social and political challenges that may undo us before any object from outer space. Race relations in our country are rougher than any time I remember, although many of you remember the 60’s and the struggle for Civil Rights, wounds that have not healed over time. Dictators threaten with weapons of mass destruction and they’re the easy problems because we know where they live. It’s the non-state terrorists that we can’t find that keep our national security apparatus awake at night. ISIS now makes Al Qaeda look comparatively civil. And if that’s not enough, disease and disasters threaten on almost Biblical scale.

And in the face of all this, the message we share when rescue teams go out after a tsunami or earthquake, the message we share with Christians who watch their neighbors arrested and murdered in the streets, the message we share in places like Ferguson, Missouri is: “Jesus is Lord.” An ancient Jewish carpenter from halfway around the world is the one we look to for rescue, for deliverance from all that threatens us. And the world says, “Are you out of your mind?”

But we keep repeating that the Lord o’er all things is wondrously reigning because we believe that somehow, some way, He’ll do what He has promised to do. If we yoke these parables together now, we can see both the theme of how puny our efforts look and  that even though we don’t understand how these kingdom seeds grow, they do whether we are watching or not, whether we are tending them every moment or not.

The parables here, then, are about the fact that, though Jesus’ ministry in Galilee doesn’t look like the sort of kingdom-of-God-movement people were expecting, it was in fact the seedtime for God’s long-promised and long-awaited harvest. Jesus came and Herod was still in charge and Rome was still in charge. Emmanuel had come but captive Israel had not yet been ransomed. It didn’t look like a majestic cedar, more like a scrubby mustard weed. But it was God’s movement to save and include not just Israel but all people. The harvest would come. The story is a warning against looking down on the small beginnings, in Jesus’ Galilean ministry, of the great work that God was to do. It can also serve as a warning, against looking down on the small beginnings—a moment of true calling, a moment when two or three people meet to pray and plan—that often, today, herald the start of some great new initiative that God has in mind.

Don’t worry, Jesus is saying. Remember who your God is and what he’s promised. Realize that this small beginning is the start of God’s intended kingdom—the kingdom that will eventually offer shade to the whole world just as it has for you. Amen.

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Message for Wednesday in Pentecost 2, June 10

July 22, 2015 Leave a comment

The text for this sermon is Luke 13:18-30.

The text tonight is the Gospel from Luke 13.

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Two parables of Jesus that are essentially parallel contrasting the tiny, insignificant beginnings of the kingdom of God with its grand scope at the end of the age.

static1.squarespace.comFirst things first, we’re talking about God’s kingdom. I think there’s a misunderstanding even among mature Christians about just what the kingdom of God is. It’s a parallel to the kingdom of heaven in Matthew and Mark. That is, if you look up these parables and see how Matthew and Mark tell them, it’s the “kingdom of heaven” instead of the “kingdom of God.” Now before we start getting upset and wondering why the Gospel writers uses different phrases for the same thing, let’s remember the Holy Spirit is in charge of how they recorded these sayings of Jesus and they tell us something. If I ask you what the kingdom of God is, you might say, “Well, it’s something like part of the world down here where God is in charge.” At least I’d hope you say something like that. But if I asked you what’s the “kingdom of heaven”? There are a good number of you that might get tricked into thinking that’s the place up above the sky where Jesus rules at the right hand of the Father. Essentially, the clouds and angels and pearly gates place. And I’m going to have to bring us back away from that idea to its essential parallel with the kingdom of God. When we pray, “Thy kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven…” What are we praying for? “The good and gracious will of God is done indeed without our prayer; but we pray in this petition that it may be done among us also.” And again, how is this done? “When God breaks and hinders every evil counsel and will which would not let us hallow the name of God nor let His kingdom come, such as the will of the devil, the world, and our flesh; but strengthens and keeps us steadfast in His Word and in faith unto our end. This is His gracious and good will.” So the kingdom of God has something to do with God’s effective rule here on earth now, not just sometime in the future. And the kingdom of God is something that comes when the Word of God holds us steady in faith.

Jesus is using first an agriculture metaphor in these parables, God’s kingdom is like a mustard seed. A mustard seed is pretty small but given enough time it grows into a very large bush, even a tree-like plant, 6-20 feet tall with as much as a 20 foot spread. Big enough that even birds can come and nest in it. And then he uses a household metaphor about leaven, yeast in 3 measures of flour. A measure was about 28 cups of flour, and that makes 3 measures about 84 cups of flour which is the most a woman could work at one time making bread. I don’t know if you’ve made bread in a while. We have a bread machine and I like to make bread with it. Six cups of flour takes 1 and half teaspoons of dry yeast. That’s a pretty big ratio. Jesus is saying something like even a small pinch of leaven, a lump of dough from the previous batch, given enough time, will leaven the whole batch of 84 cups. These parables are essentially saying the same thing: what starts out really small, insignificant really, will give way in time and through an unseen process to a far greater and all-encompassing reality. And while we might focus on the growth, I’m not sure that Jesus’ point. I think His real point is the unseen, maybe even mysterious process by which something great results from something so seemingly humble. The kingdom of God is not necessarily about the growth, “Wow, it’s gonna be big!” so much as it is about God doing it through humble beginnings. And what is that process? God at work to bring about His kingdom through Jesus. God at work redemptively in Jesus to establish and extend His active rule among people. That’s like this idea of something small turning into something big. It’s a process beyond human seeing. God is doing it in ways we cannot see, much less quantify. In neither parable does the human observer cause the growth, neither the farmer nor the baker.

In the church, there is only one way to kingdom growth; it comes through the Word, through Baptism, Absolution, and the Supper. Organizational growth can come in any number of ways, each of them actively managed and administered. But that’s organizational growth not necessarily kingdom growth. Kingdom growth only comes by the Holy Spirit who comes by the Word. In our day and age, it seems well, ridiculous to simply trust the Word to do the growing in people. The challenge is it takes time for kingdom growth to happen and it only happens on God’s timeline not ours. You can’t rush it any more than the farmer can make the plant grow faster, any more than the baker can make the leaven work quicker.

In the previous chapter, Jesus warned about the leaven of the Pharisees, the hypocrisy and love of possessions of the those who had rejected God’s kingdom and preferred their own. Whatever we do together as a congregation, if it is to be the work of the kingdom, it must be focused not merely on activities that quite frankly any social or fraternal group could offer. It must always be about the Word of God to change us, to make us into something more than we could ever be on our own.

That Word is an educating Word as we teach children right from wrong, yes, but that’s a barest of minimums in the kingdom. It’s an encouraging Word in the face of struggle, a Word of promise and assurance in the face of the world’s uncertainty, a Word of light in the midst of darkness, this week especially, a Word that speaks of life in the face of death, and if it need be a prophetic Word that seeks out what is truly of the kingdom and identifies what is not.

The crowds who heard Jesus teach these things were following Him to Jerusalem. It was risky. The end was not clearly seen. How much easier we have it, that all Jesus worked for us is all laid out in front of us in such clarity. Such is the kingdom we have become a part of. Let it continue to come among us also. Amen.

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Message for June 7, Pentecost 2

July 22, 2015 Leave a comment

The text for this message is the Epistle for the Second Sunday after Pentecost, 2 Corinthians 4:13–5:1.  The audio for this sermon can be hear by clicking the embedded player below.

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Way behind, I know

July 1, 2015 Leave a comment

Sorry to anyone who actually follows this blog.  It’s been a crazy month.  A wedding, an ordination, followed by three funerals and another wedding and another funeral and then the district convention.

Oh, and the vicar arrives today!  Yeah!

For anyone who is interested in what the Missouri Synod is saying about last week’s SCOTUS ruling,  http://www.lcms.org/emailviewonwebpage.aspx?erid=8545263&trid=556382bf-841a-4ef1-8e60-22346a6c379a

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