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  • ELCA Bishop's Response to Roe v Wade Reversal

    06/25/2022 1:00:35 PM PDT · by ferg flute · 51 replies
    ELCA presiding bishop issues pastoral message on Roe v. Wade ruling June 24, 2022 Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA, has issued a pastoral message on the Supreme Court’s ruling regarding Roe v. Wade. “Whatever personal perspective one might take on the June 24 abortion ruling from the Supreme Court, it is the legal framework in which we now minister,” Eaton said in the message. “This church’s 1991 social statement Abortion argues that ‘the number of induced abortions is a source of deep concern’ but teaches that the practice should be legal (pp. 3, 9-10). … Overturning Roe...
  • "Freedom, Flesh, and Fruit" (Sermon on Galatians 5:1, 13-25)

    06/25/2022 12:51:55 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 26, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Freedom, Flesh, and Fruit” (Galatians 5:1, 13-25) Our text today is the Epistle from Galatians chapter 5. In this text, St. Paul takes up three points that very definitely affect you and the way you live. And they are “Freedom, Flesh, and Fruit”: the freedom we have in Christ; the works of the flesh that we are to put behind us; and the beautiful fruit that the Spirit will produce in our lives. So let’s go. Freedom is a wonderful thing. It’s a relief to not be shackled down by restrictive oppression. However, freedom can be abused. Freedom can be...
  • "Adopted as Sons" (Sermon on Galatians 3:23 – 4:7)

    06/18/2022 2:50:27 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 19, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Adopted as Sons” (Galatians 3:23 – 4:7) Today is Father’s Day. Some of us here have a father we can honor and thank today. Some of us, though--our fathers are long gone. In my case, for instance, my father, LeRoy Henrickson, was born 103 years ago this past Friday. But he died when I was just a baby, so I only had one Father’s Day with him. I don’t know what it’s like to have a father you grow up with and have still around when you’re an adult, but I bet it’s pretty cool. Whatever your situation is, whether...
  • "This Is the Catholic Faith" (Sermon for the Holy Trinity, on the Athanasian Creed)

    06/11/2022 11:44:40 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 13 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 12, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “This Is the Catholic Faith” (Athanasian Creed) Did you know that we Lutherans are catholic? We are! In fact, you just said so. You did, just now when we all confessed the Athanasian Creed. Don’t worry. I’ll explain. And so our theme on this Holy Trinity Sunday: “This Is the Catholic Faith.” Yes, it’s Trinity Sunday, that one Sunday of the year when we haul out that big, long creed with the funny name and say it in church. But at least I let you sit down for this one! This creed is called the Athanasian Creed. It’s named after...
  • "The Centrality of Baptism: On Pentecost and in Your Life" (Sermon for the Day of Pentecost, on Acts 2:1-42)

    06/04/2022 9:44:55 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 5, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Centrality of Baptism: On Pentecost and in Your Life” (Acts 2:1-42) Today is the Day of Pentecost, one of the three great festivals of the Christian church year, along with Christmas and Easter. This festival commemorates the day of Pentecost that we read about in Acts chapter 2. And what happened that day--the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Peter’s preaching of Christ crucified and risen and repentance and forgiveness in his name--what did that result in? The baptism of 3,000 souls that day. And we even see what happened in the life of the newly baptized in the days...
  • "Paradise Restored" (Sermon for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, on Revelation 22:1-6, 12-20)

    05/28/2022 5:19:21 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 29, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Paradise Restored” (Revelation 22:1-6, 12-20) Paradise lost. Paradise restored. That’s the story of the Bible, from cover to cover. In fact, the Bible literally has bookends, at front and back, telling that story. As we will now see. Thus our theme this morning: “Paradise Restored.” The last couple of weeks we’ve been hearing about the new Jerusalem to come, in Revelation 21. Today we continue in Revelation 22, the last chapter both of the Book of Revelation and of the whole Bible. Our text begins: “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal,...
  • "Lifting Up His Hands He Blessed Them" (Sermon for the Ascension of Our Lord, on Luke 24:44-53)

    05/26/2022 9:49:41 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 26, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Lifting Up His Hands He Blessed Them” (Luke 24:44-53) Reading again from the Holy Gospel for the Ascension of Our Lord, from Luke 24: “Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven.” Today we consider those hands of Jesus, the hands with which he blessed his disciples, as he ascended into heaven. For what Jesus did back then, he does for us, too. And so our theme on this Ascension Day: “Lifting Up His Hands He Blessed...
  • "The Holy City, the New Jerusalem" (Sermon for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, on Revelation 21:9-14, 21-27)

    05/21/2022 8:47:45 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 22, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Holy City, the New Jerusalem” (Revelation 21:9-14, 21-27) Last week we went from the now to the new. We saw that one day there will be a new heaven and a new earth. Indeed, we heard the Lord say, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And so we also saw the new Jerusalem, the holy city coming down out of heaven from God--the new Jerusalem, the dwelling place of God with man. This morning we take a tour of the new Jerusalem. This is good, because the new Jerusalem is our final destination. It’s where you and I...
  • Christian University Still Hasn’t Reinstated Professor It Kicked Out After He Criticized Identity Politics

    05/16/2022 7:07:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    The Federalist.com ^ | May 16, 2022 | Gregory Schulz
    The administration and board of regents at Concordia University Wisconsin has been deathly silent about this widely reported transgression against academic freedom.Today’s academic landscape is littered with the dry bones of academic freedom. This is true of my own religious university, Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW), from which I have been suspended and put under threat of termination for publishing an academic essay critiquing identity politics. As reported by The Federalist in March, soon after I published that essay, I was banned from campus and put on administrative leave. There I remain three months later, with no clear path to restoration...
  • "From the Now to the New" (Sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, on John 16:12-22 and Revelation 21:1-7)

    05/14/2022 10:17:43 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 15, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “From the Now to the New” (John 16:12-22; Revelation 21:1-7) Our readings today take us “From the Now to the New.” What I mean is, they take us from the “now” we are experiencing in the present to the “new” that awaits us in the future. And that knowledge of the “new” gives us the hope and strength we need to carry on in the “now.” Let’s start with the “now” of the disciples. Their “now,” as we read about it in John 16, was a time of sorrow and sadness and grief. It’s Thursday evening, and Jesus has been...
  • "The Good Shepherd and His Flock" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Easter; John 10:22-30; Acts 20:17-35; Revelation 7:9-17)

    05/07/2022 11:28:50 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 8, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Good Shepherd and His Flock” (John 10:22-30; Acts 20:17-35; Revelation 7:9-17) Today is the Sunday in the church year known as “Good Shepherd Sunday.” You’ll notice that on this day all of the readings, the psalm, the hymns--all carry the theme of the shepherd and his flock, the sheep. And this will strengthen our faith today and give us life and hope for the future, as we see what God’s word says about “The Good Shepherd and His Flock.” The first thing we need to do is to identify who this shepherd is and who are his flock. The...
  • "The Lion of Judah, the Lamb Who Was Slain" (Sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter, on Revelation 5:1-14)

    04/30/2022 4:54:49 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 1, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Lion of Judah, the Lamb Who Was Slain” (Revelation 5:1-14) What’s going on in our world? Is anybody in charge here? It seems like the world is spinning out of control. We’re just getting over a global pandemic, and then we go into a global panic. Russia attacks Ukraine for no good reason, putting everyone on edge. Here at home, we’ve got men winning women’s swimming tournaments and a new Supreme Court justice who doesn’t even know what a woman is. Then there’s the economy. I checked my investment portfolio the other day, and, year to date, it’s down...
  • "Only Jesus: No Other Name" (Sermon for the Second Sunday of Easter; on Acts 4:1-12; Revelation 1:4-18; John 14:1-14)

    04/23/2022 10:37:09 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 24, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Only Jesus: No Other Name” (Acts 4:1-12; Revelation 1:4-18; John 14:1-14) Something significant, something momentous, happened in the city of Chicago 175 years ago this week. No, I’m not talking about the day I was born. I was born in Chicago, yes, but I’m not quite that old. No, but something else was born there 175 years ago. It was the birth of our church body, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. It was on April 26, 1847, that representatives from fourteen Lutheran congregations came together at First St. Paul Lutheran Church on the north side of Chicago, and they formed a...
  • "The Power of the Easter Promise" (Sermon for The Resurrection of Our Lord: Easter Day; on Luke 24:1-12)

    04/16/2022 1:48:11 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 17, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Power of the Easter Promise” (Luke 24:1-12) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) This morning I want to tell you about the power of a promise. Our reading from Luke 24 puts on display the power of a promise. It’s a promise that was good, because of the one who made it. It’s a promise that was good, even though people forgot that the promise had been made; and even though when some people did think about it, they just knew that the promise wasn’t any good after all. It’s about what happened at the tomb...
  • "Evil Friday Is Also Good Friday" (Sermon for Good Friday, on Luke 23:44-56)

    04/15/2022 1:08:33 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 15, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Evil Friday Is Also Good Friday” (Luke 23:44-56) The theme for our Lenten journey this year has been “You Meant It for Evil, But God Meant It for Good.” We have seen how God can just plain grab something evil and use it for good, in his larger plan. No one could see it at the time, but that’s how God works. We see God working this way in our reading tonight from Luke 23. Something evil was happening on the day our Lord Jesus was crucified. But God used it for good--for incredible, tremendous good--which is why call this...
  • "The Eternal Passover That Jesus Desired to Eat" (Sermon for Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday, on Luke 22:14-20)

    04/14/2022 10:32:01 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 14, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Eternal Passover That Jesus Desired to Eat” (Luke 22:14-20) During this season of Lent, we’ve tried to be realistic as we learn again to trust our God. The realism has to do with evil--the evil that betrayed, condemned, and crucified Jesus long ago, and the evil in our world and in our lives also today. In the face of that evil, we trust our God and the plan he carried out in Christ. We can say to Satan, to the world, and even to ourselves, “You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.” This evening’s service...
  • "Palm Sunday, Sunday of the Passion" (Sermon for Holy Week, on Luke 19:28-40 and 22:1 – 23:56)

    04/09/2022 3:40:16 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 10, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Palm Sunday, Sunday of the Passion” (Luke 19:28-40; 22:1 – 23:56) Today is a day that goes by two names: “Palm Sunday” and the “Sunday of the Passion.” The title that we’re probably more familiar with is “Palm Sunday.” For it was on this day that Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, greeted by the cheering crowds, and the people used palm branches to welcome him. Palms were used to indicate victory and triumph. Palms symbolized success and long life. And so on Palm Sunday, Jesus is hailed as the Messiah, the long-prophesied King of Israel, coming to Jerusalem...
  • "That Day, and Today" (Lenten sermon on Luke 23:26-43)

    04/06/2022 10:40:38 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 6, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “That Day, and Today” (Luke 23:26-43) Our theme for this Lenten series has been, “You Meant It for Evil, But God Meant It for Good.” And evil is often louder than good. In news reporting, for instance, it’s the horrific story that catches people’s attention. Or another example: Criticism, negative comments, tend to be more powerful, “louder” to us than compliments or positive comments. The complaint or criticism or insult sticks with us longer. We keep hearing those things long after the kindness or the affirmation has faded. Evil is often louder than good. Well, that’s true in the reading...
  • "The Rejected Stone Is Our Cornerstone" (Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, on Luke 20:9-20)

    04/01/2022 12:57:47 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 3, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Rejected Stone Is Our Cornerstone” (Luke 20:9-20) In our text today, from Luke chapter 20, Jesus is teaching in Jerusalem during Holy Week. Everybody is in town, Jesus, as well as his enemies, who are conspiring against him, plotting to get him arrested and put to death. The tension is so thick you could cut it with a knife. Jesus addresses that tension, with his enemies right there, listening to what he says. And what Jesus says in our text, he puts in two parts, using two different images. The first image is that of a vineyard, the second...
  • "Faith for a Complicated World" (Lenten sermon on Luke 23:1-25)

    03/30/2022 12:57:48 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 30, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Faith for a Complicated World” (Luke 23:1-25) The world around us is a complicated place that can be hard to figure out. Life sometimes sends us a fair amount of pain and suffering. Whether you’ve come through a lot or been spared a bit, we all know this. And it can be perplexing. For instance, we can pray to God, but what about the prayers where he says, “no”? Or the prayers that seem to be met with silence? So it’s complicated, and we don’t know all that we’d like to know about how it all fits together. The world...