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  • "Who Is This?" (Sermon for Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion, on Matthew 21:1-11; 27:11-66)

    04/13/2014 1:47:39 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 13, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Who Is This?” (Matthew 21:1-11; 27:11-66) “Who is this?” That would seem to be the question of the day for this day that serves as both Palm Sunday and the Sunday of the Passion. “Who is this?” That’s what the people of Jerusalem were asking about the man who came riding into town on a donkey. That’s the question that swirled around this same man later in the week when he stood before Pilate and the crowd and when he went to the cross to suffer and to die. Who is this? Who is this man, Jesus of Nazareth, the...
  • "And Forgive Us Our Trespasses . . ." (Sermon on the Lord's Prayer)

    04/09/2014 10:54:48 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 9, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “And Forgive Us Our Trespasses . . .” (The Lord’s Prayer) Today we continue our series on the Lord’s Prayer with the Fifth Petition, “And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” By the way, since this is the last of our Wednesday midweek services, and we’re only up to the Fifth Petition, you may be wondering how we’re going to finish out the Lord’s Prayer. Don’t worry. We’ll do the Sixth Petition, “And lead us not into temptation,” next week on Holy Thursday; the Seventh Petition, “But deliver us from evil,” on Good Friday;...
  • "Raising Lazarus--and Other Things as Well" (Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, on John 11:1-53)

    04/06/2014 7:04:07 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 11 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 6, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Raising Lazarus--and Other Things as Well” (John 11:1-53)Today we come to another one of those memorable chapters in the Gospel of John. So far during this Lenten season we’ve had: John 3, Jesus and Nicodemus; John 4, Jesus and the Samaritan woman; and John 9, Jesus heals the man born blind. Now today we have John 11, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. But that’s not all Jesus raises here in this chapter, as we’re about to hear. Thus our theme today: “Raising Lazarus--and Other Things as Well.” The chapter opens with Jesus far away from Lazarus. He only hears...
  • "Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread" (Sermon on the Lord's Prayer)

    04/02/2014 8:36:15 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 2, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread” (The Lord’s Prayer) We continue with our Lenten series on the Lord’s Prayer, “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” Tonight we come to the Fourth Petition, “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread.” So finally we get around to praying for our own needs! Remember, up to this point, the first three petitions of the Lord’s Prayer all have been about God’s concerns: “Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done.” Those are Jesus’ top priorities for us to pray, and of course rightly so. That at the forefront of our...
  • "Thy Will Be Done" (Sermon on the Lord's Prayer)

    03/26/2014 12:36:32 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 26, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Thy Will Be Done” (The Lord’s Prayer) We continue in our series on the Lord’s Prayer, “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” And tonight we come to the Third Petition of the Lord’s Prayer, namely, “Thy Will Be Done.” “Thy will be done.” Are we sure we really want to pray this? You know, sometimes we think of “Thy will be done” as just a resigned afterthought, after we’ve prayed for what we really want. “Lord, here are the things I really want you to do for me, but I know you probably won’t answer me the way I would like,...
  • "The Samaritan Woman at the Well" (Sermon for the Third Sunday in Lent, on John 4:5-30, 39-42)

    03/22/2014 6:40:09 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 23, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Samaritan Woman at the Well” (John 4:5-30, 39-42) Have you ever felt like you’re a bit of an outsider? Like you didn’t belong? That maybe you’re being looked down upon by others--whether fairly or unfairly. Maybe you’ve done something to bring some shame upon yourself. And maybe you feel some guilt before God. If this is the case, then I’ve got good news for you today. And we’ll find it out at the side of a well, where a Jewish man has come and meets “The Samaritan Woman at the Well.” The Jewish man, of course, is Jesus, a...
  • "Thy Kingdom Come" (Sermon on the Lord's Prayer)

    03/19/2014 9:18:12 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 19, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Thy Kingdom Come” (The Lord’s Prayer) We continue our Lenten series on the Lord’s Prayer, a series that we’re calling “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” We come now to the Second Petition, “Thy Kingdom Come.” I have three main points to make about this petition: 1) In this petition, our Lord is teaching us to seek first the kingdom of God. 2) In this petition, we are praying that God’s kingdom would come in our midst now. And 3) In this petition, we’re praying that God’s kingdom would come with Christ’s return at the Last Day. We’ll take these points...
  • "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (Sermon on the Lord's Prayer)

    03/12/2014 8:46:44 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 12, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Hallowed Be Thy Name” (The Lord’s Prayer)For our midweek Lenten services this year we’re doing a sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer. I’m calling it “Lord, Teach Us to Pray,” because that was the request of the disciples to Jesus, as you heard in the reading from Luke 11. And Jesus responded by giving them the words of the Lord’s Prayer. Notice, by the way, that the request was “Lord, teach us to pray,” not just “Lord, teach us about prayer.” And notice that Jesus’ response starts out, “When you pray, say. . . .” Not “When you think about...
  • "If You Are the Son of God" (Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent, on Matthew 4:1-11)

    03/08/2014 8:27:24 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 9, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “If You Are the Son of God” (Matthew 4:1-11)Apparently there is a movie out in the theaters now called “Son of God.” I haven’t seen the movie, and I don’t plan to, but it’s supposed to tell the story of Jesus. However, I understand that this movie doesn’t even include the account of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness--which is pretty ironic for a movie that calls itself “Son of God,” since a central issue in the account of the temptation is precisely Jesus’ identity as the Son of God. Well, I haven’t seen the movie, but I have read...
  • "Our Father Who Art in Heaven" (Sermon for Ash Wednesday on Matthew 6:1-21; The Lord's Prayer)

    03/05/2014 12:33:12 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 5, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Our Father Who Art in Heaven” (Matthew 6:1-21; The Lord’s Prayer)You know, during Lent there is a strong tradition to do a series on some part of the Catechism. And that’s what we’re going to do for this Lenten season. Today we begin a nine-part sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer. I’m calling it “Lord, Teach Us to Pray,” which is what the disciples asked Jesus to teach them. And Jesus responded by giving them the Lord’s Prayer, as well as other teaching about prayer. Apparently, Jesus wants his Christians to pray. He thinks it’s important. He gives us instruction...
  • "Full of Good Works, Dearly Missed, in Resurrection Hope" (Funeral sermon on Acts 9:36-42)

    02/28/2014 4:39:47 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 28, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Full of Good Works, Dearly Missed, in Resurrection Hope” (Acts 9:36-42) Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the...
  • "Jesus Really Means What He Says" (Sermon for Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany; Matthew 5:38-48)

    02/22/2014 9:18:37 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 23, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Jesus Really Means What He Says” (Matthew 5:38-48)Listen again to what Jesus says to us in today’s Gospel reading, and tell me what you think: “But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would...
  • "Life and Blessing in God's Commandments" (Sermon, Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, Deut. 30:15-20)

    02/15/2014 9:35:21 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 16, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Life and Blessing in God’s Commandments” (Deuteronomy 30:15-20)I am going to say something that may surprise you today: There is life and blessing in God’s commandments. “What?!” you say. That’s right, I said there is life and blessing in God’s commandments. But you respond, “But, Pastor, I thought the Commandments were there to show us our sin, that God’s Law actually condemns us. How can there be life and blessing in that?” Spoken like a true Lutheran. And true enough, as far as it goes. But there is even more to say about the Ten Commandments than just that. And...
  • "The Word of the Cross, the Power of God" (Sermon for Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany; 1 Cor. 1-2)

    02/08/2014 9:22:16 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 9, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Word of the Cross, the Power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18 – 2:12)As many of you know, these past two weeks I was at our seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to take a continuing education course on the life and work of Bo Giertz. Who was Bo Giertz, you ask? Let me tell you. He was a very important churchman, theologian, and author who lived in Sweden during the 20th century. He was born in 1905, and he died in 1998 at the age of 92. When I was in seminary, I read a book by Bo Giertz called...
  • "On Us a Light Has Dawned" (Sermon for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, on Matthew 4:12-25)

    01/25/2014 9:22:50 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 26, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “On Us a Light Has Dawned” (Matthew 4:12-25)After Jesus was born in Bethlehem and grew up in Nazareth and was baptized in the Jordan, now it is time for him to undertake his public ministry. So the question arises: Where will he do this? What will be his base of operations? Now you might think that the Messiah, the king of Israel, would set up shop in Jerusalem, the most important city in the land, the religious and political capital, the city of kings, the city of the temple. But if you’re thinking Jerusalem, you would be wrong. Jerusalem will...
  • "Gifted Speakers" (Sermon for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, on John 1:29-42a, 1 Cor. 1:1-9)

    01/18/2014 6:44:42 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 19, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Gifted Speakers” (John 1:29-42a; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9) Have you ever heard of the St. Louis Speakers Series? Every year there’s a series of lectures, held in St. Louis, given by famous speakers from around the country. Well-known authors, politicians, broadcasters, and the like are brought in, and they’ll give an hour or so talk, followed by questions and answers. The event is held at Powell Hall, and people buy tickets to hear these famous personalities speak. Often in the advertising for these events, the description will say something like, “So-and-so is a gifted speaker who has delighted audiences around the...
  • "To Fulfill All Righteousness" (Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord, on Matthew 3:13-17)

    01/11/2014 5:07:04 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 10 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 12, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “To Fulfill All Righteousness” (Matthew 3:13-17)The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ is an event recorded in, or referred to, in all four gospels. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, the account of the baptism itself is recorded. In John’s gospel, it is referred to. Clearly God wants us to know that this is an important event in the life and career of Christ, an important event for us to know about. And so it is. Thus the church has set aside the First Sunday after the Epiphany every year for us to focus on the Baptism of Our Lord. As...
  • A Funeral Sermon designed to teach on the Last Things, and inspire prayer

    11/12/2013 3:03:08 AM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11/12/2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On yesterday’s blog post, I discussed some of the more common problems that arise with funerals these days. That blog post provides the kind of background to the homily I present here. In this homily, I try to teach on what I think are important and central themes that need emphasis in Christian funerals today.The homily is broken into three parts: The Praise of the divine goodness of our God. For at every liturgy, funerals included, the first and primary work is the praise and worship of Almighty God, who has been good to us, and through faith has saved...
  • "Rachel Weeping, and a Son Called out of Egypt" (Sermon for First Sunday after Christmas; Matthew 2)

    12/28/2013 4:09:13 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 29, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Rachel Weeping, and a Son Called out of Egypt” (Matthew 2:13-23) “To us a child is born, to us a son is given.” And his name is Jesus, of course. This child born in Bethlehem at Christmas. This son--Son of God, son of Mary--this son given to us to be our Savior. But what happens when Jesus is born? What happens when God gives his Son to the world? A whole bunch of bad stuff, apparently. A king goes crazy. A family has to flee to Egypt. Babies are killed. Mothers are weeping. And this is a gift?? Some kind...
  • "The Miracles of Christmas" (Sermon for Christmas Day, on John 1:1-18)

    12/24/2013 2:40:38 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 25, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Miracles of Christmas” (John 1:1-18)On this Christmas morning, I want to tell you about the miracles of Christmas. That’s right, “miracles,” plural. There are two great Christmas miracles proclaimed in our text today from John chapter 1. One is that the Son of God became man, and the other is that, because he did, we become the children of God. These are “The Miracles of Christmas” I want to talk to you about today. First, the Son of God became man. What a profound mystery this is for us to ponder! There is nothing more marvelous or wonderful than...
  • "Where Is God? Answer: Immanuel" (Sermon for Christmas Eve, on Matthew 1:18-25)

    12/23/2013 8:17:34 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 12 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 24, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Where Is God? Answer: Immanuel” (Matthew 1:18-25)Where is God in the midst of all of this? You hear this question all the time these days. Whenever there is a tragedy in the news, you hear people asking this question. “Where is God,” and then fill in the blank. Where is God when a tornado levels Moore, Oklahoma, or a typhoon devastates the Philippines? Where is God when there is a terrible school shooting--in Connecticut, in Colorado--and innocent children die? Where are you, God? Why did you let this happen? Or let’s bring it closer to home. Where is God when...
  • "Rejoicing in the God Who Has Taught Us" (Sermon on Psalm 71:17-18)

    12/21/2013 1:55:03 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 22, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Rejoicing in the God Who Has Taught Us” (Psalm 71:17-18)“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” These words from Philippians remind us that we have much to be joyful over. And indeed we do. Think of it: It’s Advent, almost Christmas, and so we rejoice over the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, first at Christmas, coming in the flesh to be born and live and die and rise again as our Savior, and coming again at the Last Day, a day we look forward to with great hope and anticipation, knowing that God will raise our...
  • "Hope of the Gentiles" (Advent sermon on Romans 15:4-13)

    12/11/2013 10:29:21 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 10 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 11, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Hope of the Gentiles” (Romans 15:4-13)In the reading from Romans that we just heard, there are two words that jump out at me. One of those words is found in the first verse of our text, which reads: “Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” And this same word that I’m thinking of occurs again--twice--in the last verse of our text, as follows: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power...
  • "Advent Trees" (Sermon for the Second Sunday in Advent, on Matthew 3:1-12 and Isaiah 11:1-10)

    12/07/2013 4:37:17 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 8, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Advent Trees” (Matthew 3:1-12; Isaiah 11:1-10)You’ve heard of Christmas trees. But have you heard of “Advent trees”? No? Well, I hadn’t either. In fact, I just made that term up as I was thinking about our lessons for today. For in both the Holy Gospel and the Old Testament Reading, there’s quite a lot of “tree” talk going on: “tree,” “root,” “fruit,” “shoot,” and so on. It’s like an Advent arboretum. So let’s see what we are to make of all this, under the theme, “Advent Trees.” We’ll start in the Holy Gospel from Matthew 3. There John the Baptist...
  • "Light in the Darkness" (Advent sermon on Romans 13:8-14)

    12/04/2013 9:18:17 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 4, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Light in the Darkness” (Romans 13:8-14) Advent is a season of light. In fact, you could say that Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany--the whole three-month sequence centered around Christmas--each of these seasons could be called a season of light. Think of it: You’ve got the Advent wreath, with its candles for the four Sundays in Advent. You’ve got the Christmas tree, of course, with its tradition of being adorned with lights. And at Epiphany we think of the star that led the Wise Men to the Christ Child, and so we put an Epiphany star on top of the Christmas tree....
  • "Who Is This Jesus?" (Sermon for the First Sunday in Advent, on Matthew 21:1-11)

    11/30/2013 5:03:53 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 1, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Who Is This Jesus?” (Matthew 21:1-11)Today is the First Sunday in Advent. As it’s the beginning of Advent, and the word “Advent” means “Coming,” our readings today--particularly the Holy Gospel--focus our attention on the one who will be coming to us at Christmas, namely, the one who comes to us now in every church service, and who will come again on the last day at the end of time. So who is this one who comes to us in these ways? That’s what our text today gets at. And because today is the First Sunday in Advent, it is also...
  • "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" (Thanksgiving sermon on Lamentations 3:22-33)

    11/27/2013 10:28:10 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 28, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-33)“Great Is Thy Faithfulness”: The hymn our choir sang earlier and which we all will sing at the end of this service--this is definitely an appropriate hymn of thanksgiving and praise on this Day of Thanksgiving. How true are the words of the refrain: Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided; Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me! And since today is the Day of National Thanksgiving, we can also say the same thing about the Lord’s blessings on...
  • "Transferred to the Kingdom of His Son" (Sermon, Last Sunday of the Church Year, Colossians 1:13-20)

    11/23/2013 1:06:58 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 24, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Transferred to the Kingdom of His Son” (Colossians 1:13-20)Have you ever been transferred? People get transferred or relocated due to their work from time to time. The transfer can be a good thing or a bad thing; sometimes it’s a bit of a mixed bag. Just this past Friday, the third baseman for the Cardinals got transferred from St. Louis to “Los Angeles of Anaheim.” There will be plusses and minuses in this for Mr. Freese. On the downside, he won’t be a hometown hero out there, and the team he’ll be playing on is not as good as the...
  • "The Day Is Coming" (Sermon on Malachi 4:1-6; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-28)

    11/16/2013 7:55:01 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 17, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Day Is Coming” (Malachi 4:1-6; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-28)“The Day Is Coming.” “The Day Is Surely Drawing Near.” What day am I talking about? Thanksgiving? No, nobody cares much about Thanksgiving anymore, except for eating turkey and watching football and getting a head start on . . . Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday, the big shopping day of the season--now that’s a day that lots of people get excited about! But no, that’s not the day I’m talking about. Oh, OK then, Christmas, that must be it. Only 37 shopping days left till Christmas! The...
  • "The God of the Living and the Sons of the Resurrection" (Sermon on Luke 20:27-40)

    11/09/2013 9:03:28 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 10, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The God of the Living and the Sons of the Resurrection” (Luke 20:27-40)In these days of November, as we near the end of the church year, our thoughts turn to the end times, the return of Christ, and, as we just confessed in the Creed, “the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.” Our Scripture readings during these weeks reflect this emphasis. So it is with our lessons today. In particular, I want to direct our attention this morning to the Holy Gospel for today, from Luke 20, where Jesus speaks of “The God of the Living and the...
  • "Who We Are and What We Will Be" (Sermon for All Saints' Day, on 1 John 3:1-3)

    11/02/2013 10:02:20 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 3, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Who We Are and What We Will Be” (1 John 3:1-3)Today as we observe All Saints’ Day, we look back and remember with thanksgiving the saints who have gone before us, who now rest from their labors and are with the Lord. We look around us, and even though we cannot see them, we know that we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses to the faith, all of us united in the one great communion of saints, the whole church on earth and in heaven. And we look ahead, we look forward with hopefulness to the day...
  • "A Reformation in Catechesis" (Sermon for Reformation Day, on John 8:31-36)

    10/26/2013 4:02:44 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 11 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 27, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Reformation in Catechesis” (John 8:31-36)“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” This is the word of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he spoke in John 8:31-32. His word is truth, and this truth sets us free. Free from all our sins, and from our slavery to sin. Free from the burden of the law, which would crush us with its demands we can never meet. Free from our bondage to death and the grave, free to live forever. Yes, “if the Son...
  • "A Parable of Persistent Prayer" (Sermon on Luke 18:1-8)

    10/19/2013 7:13:48 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 20, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Parable of Persistent Prayer” (Luke 18:1-8)The parable Jesus tells in the Holy Gospel for today, from Luke 18, is traditionally called the Parable of the Importunate Widow. “Importunate” is an old-timey kind of word. It means “persistent in making a request,” even to the point of becoming something of a bother. And that would describe the widow portrayed in this parable. She was importunate. She was persistent in her seeking justice from an unjust judge. And Jesus is saying, through this parable, that this is how we in the church should be--importunate, persistent. Thus our text today is “A...
  • "Mercy for the Marginalized" (Sermon on Luke 17:11-19)

    10/12/2013 8:01:55 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 13, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Mercy for the Marginalized” (Luke 17:11-19)The Holy Gospel for today from Luke 17, about the cleansing of the lepers, happens to be the assigned Gospel for the Day of Thanksgiving. And that makes sense. Jesus’ words about the one who came back to give thanks make it a natural for that occasion. But this text also shows up as a regular Sunday reading during the three-year lectionary, and thus it appears today. So this morning we’ll take a slightly different approach to this text than we would on Thanksgiving. Today we’ll emphasize the text’s theme of “Mercy for the Marginalized.”...
  • "Faith for Living in Community" (Sermon on Luke 17:1-10)

    10/05/2013 5:21:48 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 6, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Faith for Living in Community” (Luke 17:1-10)In our Gospel reading for today, from Luke 17, Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem, and he is giving instructions to his disciples. At first glance it may seem like these are just several disconnected sayings strung together rather loosely. First there’s something about woe to anyone who causes a person to sin. Then there’s something about forgiving your brother. Then there’s a request about increasing our faith and Jesus’ response about faith like a mustard seed. And then there’s something about unworthy servants who only do their duty. Now all this could...
  • "St. Michael and All Angels: Messengers, Worshipers, Warriors" (Sermon on Revelation 12:7-12)

    09/28/2013 10:04:13 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 29, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “St. Michael and All Angels: Messengers, Worshipers, Warriors” (Revelation 12:7-12)Today in the Christian church year is the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels. It always falls on September 29, and since this year that date falls on a Sunday, that’s why we’re celebrating this festival today. Angels, thus, will be topic of this sermon: who they are and what they do and why we thank God for them. And we’ll even get into who this mysterious figure St. Michael is a little bit. So with that by way of introduction, we begin our theme today, “St. Michael and All...
  • (Exempt) Pelosi Invokes A Priest’s Sermon To Say GOP Is ‘Preying On People’

    09/21/2013 5:16:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/20/13
    **SNIP** I said yesterday at a press conference on this subject, I said: unless we – it was in Houston, I go to mass wherever I go, and at the pulpit, the priest said, in Houston, Texas – not one of your liberal bastions – he said: ‘I think it’s important for people, not just to come to mass on Sunday and pray, but when they leave here not to prey on people.’ And it isn’t exactly what they are doing: preying on people.
  • "Managing the Master's Money" (Sermon on Luke 16:1-15)

    09/21/2013 12:23:45 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 18 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 22, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Managing the Master’s Money” (Luke 16:1-15)Do you remember the name Bernie Madoff? He was in the news a few years back. Bernie Madoff was the investment-firm guy, the money manager, who, over the years, defrauded his wealthy clients out of billions of dollars--that’s “billions” with a “b.” Madoff made off with billions--for a while, at least. He finally was caught, and he’s in the jailhouse now, awaiting his release in the year 2159, when he will be 221 years old. But Bernie Madoff had to have been a rather shrewd character, he must have had something on the ball, to...
  • "Sound Doctrine: Law and Gospel" (Sermon on 1 Timothy 1:5-17)

    09/14/2013 8:35:39 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 15, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Sound Doctrine: Law and Gospel” (1 Timothy 1:5-17)Today begins a series of weeks in which the Epistle comes from Paul’s two letters to Timothy. Paul we know, but who is this Timothy? Timothy was Paul’s younger assistant who often traveled with him and whom Paul would sometimes have oversee things in places while Paul was off elsewhere. This is the case when Paul writes this first letter to Timothy. Paul had gone off to Macedonia, and he had Timothy remain in the big city of Ephesus, in western Asia Minor. Ephesus was a very important city for the whole region....
  • "You Shepherds, Hear the Word of the Lord" (Sermon on Ezekiel 34:1-24)

    09/11/2013 1:56:16 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 10, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Circuit Pastors' Conference Tuesday, September 10, 2013 “You Shepherds, Hear the Word of the Lord” (Ezekiel 34:1-24)The readings for this coming Sunday in the three-year lectionary are perfectly suited for preaching to a bunch of pastors. All the readings concern the role of a shepherd caring for his sheep. In the Holy Gospel, from Luke 15, Jesus compares himself to a shepherd who goes to find a lost sheep. This fulfills the prophecy of Ezekiel 34, the Old Testament Reading, in which the Lord says that he himself will search for his sheep and seek them out. Even the Epistle,...
  • Justin Bieber 'Breaks Down' During Pastor Carl Lentz's Hillsong NYC Sermon?

    09/10/2013 9:34:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/09/2013 | BY NICOLA MENZIE
    Justin Bieber, 19-year-old pop music star, was apparently so moved by a sermon preached by Pastor Carl Lentz at Hillsong NYC church on Sunday that the Canadian recording artist "broke down." "Love to my guy @carllentzNYC for the amazing sermon at church this morning. Love you man. I broke down today. Thank (you)," Bieber tweeted Sunday night, adding a smiley face. The award-winning recording artist also uploaded a photo of himself and Pastor Lentz to his Instagram account that same evening, writing, "Love you bro" as the caption. Bieber has long been open about his Christian faith, and previously referred...
  • "Philemon: The Gospel Transforms Relationships" (Sermon on Philemon 1-21)

    09/07/2013 8:48:33 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 8, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Philemon: The Gospel Transforms Relationships” (Philemon 1-21)Today I’m going to preach to you an entire book of the Bible. In fact, you already heard an entire book of the Bible as one of our readings today. Well, almost. You heard 21 out of the 25 verses that make up Paul’s Letter to Philemon. Philemon is one of those little one-chapter books that we have in the Bible. There are five of them: Obadiah in the Old Testament, and Philemon, 2 John, 3 John, and Jude in the New Testament. Now even though Philemon is a very short epistle, there’s a...
  • "The Great Reversal: The Humble Exalted" (Sermon on Luke 14:1-14)

    08/31/2013 7:23:51 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 31, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Great Reversal: The Humble Exalted” (Luke 14:1-14)Up is down, and down is up, in the kingdom of God. Or so it seems sometimes. Actually, the kingdom of God is all about turning things rightside-up. It’s just that rightside-up may look upside-down from our cockeyed perspective. From God’s perspective, though, the way things are in his kingdom is just right, the way things ought to be. Such is the case with our text for today, the teaching of Jesus that we find in Luke 14. Here Jesus makes one of his many paradoxical statements, which he seems to do all...
  • "Strive to Enter through the Narrow Door" (Sermon on Luke 13:22-30)

    08/24/2013 2:58:30 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 25, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Strive to Enter through the Narrow Door” (Luke 13:22-30)Do you ever wonder about who all will be saved? When people die, and when this world comes to an end, how many will make it into heaven? How many will end up in hell? And on what basis? “Pastor, what about people who did the best they could? What about people who never heard the gospel, like in Borneo or Papua New Guinea? Will they get in? If they don’t, how is that fair? What kind of a God would send anybody to hell? If that’s the God of the Bible,...
  • "The Miracle of Faith" (Sermon on Genesis 15:1-6 and Hebrews 11:1-16)

    08/10/2013 8:21:03 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 10, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Miracle of Faith” (Genesis 15:1-6; Hebrews 11:1-16)Sometimes I think about the impossibility of faith. I mean, if you stop and think about all the things that are working against faith, it’s amazing that any of us have it. To believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ and all that that involves, to trust in the goodness and the promises of God, in spite of all that would cause us to not believe--it’s simply amazing. And so today we’re going to talk about “The Miracle of Faith.” Consider our Old Testament lesson for today, from Genesis 15. It relates a...
  • "Where Is Your Head At?" (Sermon on Colossians 3:1-11)

    08/03/2013 4:37:51 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 4, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Where Is Your Head At?” (Colossians 3:1-11)“Where Is Your Head At?” That, basically, is the question that comes out of today’s Epistle reading from Colossians 3. There St. Paul puts it like this: “Seek the things that are above,” and “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” On things above, or on things on earth? Where is your head at? Today God’s Word would direct us to set our minds on things above. Our text today will tell us where not to set our minds, where we ought to set them, and...
  • "The Lawyer and the Good Samaritan" (Sermon on Luke 10:25-37)

    07/13/2013 7:53:01 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 14, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Lawyer and the Good Samaritan” (Luke 10:25-37)Our text today is one of the most familiar and well loved of Jesus’ many parables. It’s the story of the Good Samaritan. But really, we could call it the story of “The Lawyer and the Good Samaritan.” You see, there’s something that happens that prompts Jesus to tell the parable of the Good Samaritan. It’s a little exchange that Jesus has with a lawyer in the crowd: “And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, ‘Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to...
  • "The One Gospel Produces One Church" (Sermon on Galatians 6:1-10, 14-18)

    07/06/2013 5:26:05 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 7, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The One Gospel Produces One Church” (Galatians 6:1-10, 14-18)Today we wrap up our six-part series on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians. And our theme today, as we look at chapter 6, is this: “The One Gospel Produces the One Church.” First of all, though, let’s review where we have been in this series. Week one. Title: “No Other Gospel.” Key passage, Galatians 1:6-7: “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel--not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble...
  • "Free to Be Fruitful" (Sermon on Galatians 5:1, 13-25)

    06/29/2013 8:18:40 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 30, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Free to Be Fruitful” (Galatians 5:1, 13-25)Freedom is a wonderful thing. This week on Thursday, the Fourth of July, our nation will celebrate the 237th anniversary of declaring our freedom from Great Britain. But as we saw in our nation just this past week, freedom can also be abused, as when that freedom is used as a license for immorality. So the question becomes: What are we using our freedom for? That’s the question St. Paul takes up in our Epistle for today from Galatians 5. What are we using our freedom for? Only, Paul here is talking about something...
  • Occasioned By the Death of Elizabeth Gill (Daily Sermon)

    06/28/2013 2:57:26 AM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 2 replies
    John Gill's Archive ^ | June 4, 1738 | John Gill
    Occasioned By the Death of Elizabeth Gill Preached June 4, 1738. To which is added, An Account of some of her Choice Experiences. By DR. JOHN GILL 1 THESSALONIANS 4:13, 14. But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died, and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus, will God bring with him. I need not tell you what is the occasion of my reading these words to you at this time. This...