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  • "Render to Caesar, Render to God" (Sermon on Matthew 22:15-22)

    10/21/2017 11:20:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 22, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Render to Caesar, Render to God” (Matthew 22:15-22) Our text today is the Holy Gospel from Matthew 22, the passage that includes the famous saying, “Render unto Caesar.” But as we’ll find out, that is only half of the verse. The other half is about rendering unto God, and really that is the main point of the passage. So today our theme: “Render to Caesar, Render to God.” We’re in Jerusalem in the days leading up to the Passover. Jesus has just come into town a couple of days ago. His enemies have been trying to figure out a way...
  • Lutheran Church Decides That the Best Way to Retain Members Is to Stop Preaching the Gospel

    10/21/2017 7:13:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/21/2017 | John Ellis
    The Evangelical Lutheran Church of American was founded in 1988 with 5,288,230 members. By 2016, less than twenty years later, the ELCA had shrunk to 3,563,842 members. With that kind of "growth," the ELCA has less than forty years before the final member throws her hands up and quits. Christ the King Lutheran Church in Cary, N.C., believes that they've found the answer to stopping the mass exodus of tithing members. They've stopped preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and have embraced progressive theology and social justice.Writing for Religion News Service, Yonat Shimron tells the story of Christ the King Lutheran...
  • "Rejoice in the Lord Always" (Sermon on Philippians 4)

    10/14/2017 6:11:24 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 15, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Rejoice in the Lord Always” (Philippians 4) “Rejoice in the Lord Always”: So says Paul in our Epistle reading today. Really? “Rejoice”? “Always”? Are you kidding me? “Rejoice always”? That’s easy for you to say, Paul. You don’t know what I’m going through. If you did, you wouldn’t be telling me to rejoice always. I mean, come on! Look at all these bills I’ve got to pay! Rent, groceries, gasoline, maintenance on the car. Insurance: car insurance, health insurance, insurance on my insurance. Taxes: federal, state, local, and sales taxes, plus the fee for my tax preparer. Paying off the...
  • "Invited to the Feast" (Funeral sermon on Isaiah 25:6-9)

    10/13/2017 7:44:25 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 13, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Invited to the Feast” (Isaiah 25:6-9) There’s a big feast coming, and Bob is invited! In fact, his seat is already guaranteed. There’s a big feast coming, and you are invited too. That’s what I want to tell you about today, that we have been “Invited to the Feast.” What is this feast I’m referring to? It’s the one spoken of by the prophet Isaiah. You heard this prophecy in the reading from Isaiah 25. It begins: “On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of...
  • Lutheran Lady Bishop "Ordained" in Catholic Cathedral

    10/12/2017 4:48:01 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | October 11, 2017 | Michael Matt
    The Lutheran Bishop-to-be, Rev. Katherine Finegan, made fancy invites for her "festive installation service", which will be held at St. Peter's Catholic Cathedral in Michigan... What's wrong with this picture? REMNANT COMMENT: This event is also announced in the "Tidings of Peace" October 2017 newsletter, in which something called "Pastor Andrea Fluegel" rather breathlessly reveals that Martin Lurther just barely "survived" being burnt at the stake by the Catholic Church, thank God, and then went on to save the world or some such nonsense.  (It's a fun read, Pastor Andrea. Feel free to use our cathedral, and then maybe call us when the shuttle lands.)In the meantime, hey, whom are we to judge first--the apparent...
  • "The Joy of Knowing Christ" (Sermon on Philippians 3)

    10/07/2017 6:10:04 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 8, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Joy of Knowing Christ” (Philippians 3)I noticed in the news about a week ago--maybe you saw it too--that Monty Hall died. He was the longtime host of the television game show, Let’s Make a Deal. You remember how the show worked? Monty would pick out a member of the studio audience and offer that person, say, $200 for the tennis shoes she was wearing. Then Monty would suggest a deal. Do you want to keep the $200 you have in your hand, or do you want to trade it in for what’s behind the curtain, where Carol Merrill is...
  • Martin Luther: What You Might Not Know About the Man Who Sparked the Reformation

    10/06/2017 9:51:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/06/2017 | Brandon Showalter
    Few people have punctuated history like Martin Luther, the man who spawned the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago, says author Eric Metaxas, whose latest book chronicles his life and legacy. "I never wanted to write another biography," Metaxas said in an interview with The Christian Post in early September, noting that his previous biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, was a huge undertaking. But two friends — to whom he dedicates his new work, Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed World —convinced him that he was the man for the job given that this...
  • "The Joy of Being of the Same Mind, the Mind of Christ" (Sermon on Philippians 2)

    09/30/2017 10:46:37 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 11 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 1, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Joy of Being of the Same Mind, the Mind of Christ” (Philippians 2) Today is the second in our four-week series on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians. We’re going chapter by chapter through the four chapters of this letter. Last week we introduced the series by noting that Philippians is often called “The Epistle of Joy,” because of the recurring theme of joy running through the letter. We saw it last week in Philippians 1. There Paul describes his relationship with the Philippians in what we called a “Joyful Gospel Partnership.” Through the message that Paul had preached...
  • "A Joyful Gospel Partnership" (Sermon on Philippians 1)

    09/23/2017 8:30:50 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 24, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Joyful Gospel Partnership” (Philippians 1) Today we start a four-week series of readings and sermons--and Bible classes, as well--on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians. The official Epistle readings from the lectionary have big chunks of each of the four chapters over these four weeks, but since we’re diving in whole-hog, as it were, I decided I’d read the whole chapter each week, as you just heard. So today we begin with Philippians chapter 1. In trying to come up with a theme for this message--and really, for the whole book--I thought back to a sermon I heard long...
  • "The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant" (Sermon on Matthew 18:21-35)

    09/16/2017 10:59:20 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 16 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 17, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant” (Matthew 18:21-35) Forgiveness doesn’t count. Oh, don’t get me wrong! I don’t mean that it doesn’t matter of that it’s not important. By no means. No, forgiveness counts for a lot in that respect. In fact, it’s everything. We’d be lost without forgiveness. But when I say, Forgiveness doesn’t count, I mean it in the way that Jesus teaches it, which is to say, forgiveness doesn’t keep score. Forgiveness doesn’t count. It doesn’t keep score or keep track of how many times it has to forgive or how much sin it has to have...
  • "Dealing Drastically with Sin" (Sermon on Matthew 18:1-20)

    09/08/2017 8:26:42 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 10, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Dealing Drastically with Sin” (Matthew 18:1-20) How seriously do we take the matter of sin? Our own sin? The sin of others? I think that is the theme running through the teachings of Jesus today in the Holy Gospel from Matthew 18: the seriousness of sin and our need to treat it as such. And so our message this morning: “Dealing Drastically with Sin.” I think, generally speaking, in our culture today people do not treat sin as a serious matter, and we certainly do not deal drastically with it. We let it slide. We excuse it. We rationalize it....
  • "How to Understand--and Do--Christian Exhortations" (Sermon on Romans 12:9-21)

    09/01/2017 10:10:43 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 3, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “How to Understand--and Do--Christian Exhortations” (Romans 12:9-21) Take a look again at the Epistle reading for today, as printed on your Scripture insert. It’s Romans 12:9-21, and it starts out as follows: “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” What do you notice about all...
  • "Who Is This Man?" (Sermon on Matthew 16:13-20)

    08/26/2017 10:49:00 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 27, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Who Is This Man?” (Matthew 16:13-20) “Who is this man?” Who is this man Jesus? This is the most important question that has ever been asked. How will you answer it? The question comes up in the Holy Gospel for today, from Matthew 16. Our text begins: “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’” Who is this man? Who is this Jesus? That is...
  • "Jesus and the Canaanite Woman" (Sermon on Matthew 15:21-28)

    08/20/2017 1:18:07 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 20, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Jesus and the Canaanite Woman” (Matthew 15:21-28) What kind of faith do you have, in what kind of God? That is the question that our text today will help us to answer. For what we will see in our text is this: What kind of faith? A persevering faith. In what kind of God? In a merciful Lord. Persevering faith in a merciful Lord--that is the story of “Jesus and the Canaanite Woman.” The story begins with Jesus going up to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Tyre and Sidon are cities outside the boundaries of Israel--they’re up north, along...
  • "The Last Enemy to Be Destroyed Is Death" (Funeral sermon on 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 51-57)

    08/14/2017 5:37:51 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 14, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Last Enemy to Be Destroyed Is Death” (1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 51-57) Over 25 years as a pastor, I have had a number of World War II veterans as members of the congregations I have served. Homer Rouggly was one of them. In fact, Homer Rouggly might well be the last one that I will have the honor of laying to rest. That “Greatest Generation” is quickly passing away, and they were quite a crew. By the way, for a number of years I had two World War II veterans sitting near each other in the pews at St. Matthew’s:...
  • "The Word Is Near You, in Your Mouth and in Your Heart" (Sermon on Romans 10:5-17)

    08/12/2017 2:01:10 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 13, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Word Is Near You, in Your Mouth and in Your Heart” (Romans 10:5-17) There is a wealthy author and art dealer in New Mexico by the name of Forrest Fenn. A lover of adventure, Mr. Fenn decided to fill a chest with gold nuggets, rare coins, jewelry, and gemstones, and to hide this treasure somewhere in the American West. He gave out clues, so that other adventure-seekers could search for the treasure chest and hopefully find it. The hidden treasure is said to be worth about two million dollars. Well, in the seven years since this began, dozens and...
  • "Come and Be Satisfied!" (Sermon on Isaiah 55:1-5)

    08/05/2017 9:53:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 6, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Come and Be Satisfied!” (Isaiah 55:1-5) Today the Lord is extending an invitation to you. He is saying to each one of us today: “Come and eat!” “Come and drink!” “Come and Be Satisfied!” “Come and be satisfied!” This is the message God is speaking to us today through his prophet Isaiah. Our text is the Old Testament Reading from Isaiah 55. Listen again to the first part of this text: “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why...
  • "Inseparable!" (Sermon on Romans 8:28-39)

    07/29/2017 7:15:53 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 30, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Inseparable!” (Romans 8:28-39) Do you ever worry that God has given up on you? That he’s finally had enough and is ready to kick you to the curb? It’s like God is thinking: “Oh, my goodness! There he goes again! Haven’t I told him often enough not to do those things? What am I going to do with this one?” Yeah, how could God put up with a supposed Christian as lousy as I am? So I wonder if I’m going to make it with God all the way to the end. Or maybe you think God has forgotten about...
  • Lutheran Leader Calls on Theologians to Remove Obstacles to Unity with Catholics

    07/26/2017 7:41:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    The head of the Lutheran World Federation has called on theologians to remove the obstacles that hinder unity with the Catholic Church. Rev. Dr. Martin Junge made his remarks in a letter commemorating the 50th anniversary of official Lutheran dialogue with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. “Our task as theologians and as pastors should never be to provide explanations as to why unity is not yet possible; our task shall be to creatively and courageously remove the obstacles that still prevent us from the enjoyment of God’s gift of unity,” wrote Junge. He added, “Decades of ecumenical dialogue,...
  • Priests wanted: Poor pastor numbers forces Swedish diocese to recruit from abroad

    07/13/2017 10:10:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 13 July 2017 08:51 CEST+02:00 | TT/The Local
    A shortage of priests in Swedish municipality Karlstad means the local diocese has now turned to importing pastors from abroad. A recruitment project designed to entice priests from foreign countries to the region is now under way. “In the short term, we’ve worked on trying to recruit priests from other countries. Specifically, we’ve focused on Germany,” Charlotte Klingestad, staff strategist at Karlstad diocese, explained to public broadcaster SVT. Around 20 positions are vacant in the diocese, with the problem biggest in the smaller municipalities. […] Though Sweden is generally a secular country, the Swedish Church says it has around six...