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  • "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...
  • History: War hero Wallenberg was executed in Soviet gulag

    02/20/2018 1:34:22 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Ian Traynor
    A senior Russian official finally admitted that Stalin's secret police shot dead Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of central European Jews from the gas chambers of Auschwitz in 1944 and 1945. For decades the Soviet authorities insisted that Wallenberg had died of a heart attack in 1947 in a Soviet prison, but speculation about his fate grew into a full-blown mystery as gulag inmates surfaced to report sightings of the Swede in Siberia into the 1950s.
  • "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...
  • Embracing an LGBTQ Perspective On Holy Week

    04/11/2022 8:28:10 PM PDT · by lightman · 41 replies
    Lower Susquehanna Synod. ELCA ^ | 8 April A.D. 2022 | Pace Warfield-May
    Holy week can be a troubling time for queer folx. Often Holy Week rituals are designed to emphasize our guilt and sinfulness—it is our sins that put Jesus on the cross (the refrain to “Ah! Holy Jesus” comes to mind, containing the line “I crucified thee”). This is certainly theologically important but can be lost on the queer community whose very lives are often at risk. It is counterproductive to remind someone they are a sinner when that is the primary and exclusive narrative they have heard from the church, that they are sinners simply because they are part of...
  • "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...
  • "A Prodigal Son, a Prodigal Father, and a Pharisaical Brother" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, on Luke 15:1-3, 11-32)

    03/26/2022 1:59:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 27, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Prodigal Son, a Prodigal Father, and a Pharisaical Brother” (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32) In our text today from Luke 15, the scribes and Pharisees are tut-tutting Jesus because he was hanging around with tax collectors and other obvious sinners. And he was not only welcoming them, Jesus was even having meals with them, table fellowship. “This man receives sinners and eats with them,” the scribes and Pharisees grumble--not even using Jesus’ name, just calling him “this man,” with a sneer in their voice. Yeah, this was too much for these pious and respectable religious leaders. They figured a true servant...
  • "When You See Such Blind Ignorance, What Do You Think?" (Lenten sermon on Luke 22:63 – 23:1)

    03/23/2022 12:04:13 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 23, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “When You See Such Blind Ignorance, What Do You Think?” (Luke 22:63 – 23:1) Tonight we’re going to look at how Luke describes the trial of Jesus before the Sanhedrin. Luke’s account is focused and shorter than the other gospels. It’s simplified, streamlined, stripped down. But what does Luke give us? Well, first, he tells us what those who had arrested Jesus were already doing to him, and from that it becomes clear where all this is going. Even before Jesus stands in front of the Sanhedrin, even before they have a chance to reject him, those who arrested Jesus...
  • "The Blood of the Galileans" (Sermon for the Third Sunday in Lent, on Luke 13:1-9)

    03/19/2022 6:06:03 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 20, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Blood of the Galileans” (Luke 13:1-9) Whenever there’s a terrible tragedy in the news--a bombing that kills women and children in Ukraine, the police officer shot and killed in Bonne Terre on Thursday, a tornado that levels a town--people search for answers. They’re perplexed. They don’t understand. “Why?” they ask. “Why did this awful thing happen?” And they look for someone to blame. They blame the perpetrator, if it’s a crime. Sometimes they blame the victim, thinking they must have had it coming to them. Sometimes they blame God, who let this evil thing happen. Those are the standard...
  • "The Real Battle" (Lenten sermon on Luke 22:39-62)

    03/16/2022 9:12:41 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 16, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Real Battle” (Luke 22:39-62)When I was a kid, and still to this day, I have been a fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories: Sherlock Holmes, the great detective solving crimes in London around the turn of the last century. At one point, Holmes realizes that behind a crime wave--blackmail, murder, and so on--behind it all is a single man: Professor Moriarty. Everyone else is just a pawn in his schemes, but Professor Moriarty is the guiding mastermind. “The Napoleon of Crime” you could call him. And so, Holmes is out to outwit and defeat his greatest enemy. The other...
  • "Jesus Is Determined--and Compassionate" (Sermon for the Second Sunday in Lent, on Luke 13:31-35)

    03/11/2022 8:54:02 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 13, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Jesus Is Determined--and Compassionate” (Luke 13:31-35) Two things that we see about Jesus in our text today: 1) He is determined, and 2) He is compassionate. And that combination is the very best news for you. Let’s take a look now, under the theme, “Jesus Is Determined--and Compassionate.” First of all, Jesus is determined. He’s determined to finish what he started. Nothing or no one can scare him off, not the Pharisees, not Herod the tetrarch of Galilee. Our text begins: “At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to [Jesus], ‘Get away from here, for Herod wants to...
  • "He Was Numbered among the Transgressors" (Lenten sermon on Luke 22:14, 24-38)

    03/09/2022 12:31:57 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 9, 2022 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “He Was Numbered among the Transgressors” (Luke 22:14, 24-38) This reading from Luke 22 is like watching a car wreck as it’s starting to happen. You can see the danger signs that could lead up to a crash, and if it keeps going like that, something bad is about to happen. The apostles, Jesus’ handpicked inner circle, are there with him in the upper room. And there’s sort of a back-and-forth between Jesus and these disciples. But it’s painful to watch; it’s even frightening. Evil is at work in the events leading up to Jesus’ suffering and death, and, in...
  • Christian University Bans Professor From Campus For Critiquing Its Dive Into ‘Equity’ And ‘Inclusion’

    03/07/2022 10:13:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 03/06/2022 | Joy Pullmann
    A professor was locked out of his classes and email account without warning in apparent retaliation for criticizing his Christian university’s use of “diversity” and “equity” as criteria for selecting its new president, he and several witnesses told The Federalist. The Rev. Dr. Greg Schulz was immediately and indefinitely suspended from his classes at Concordia University Wisconsin and banned from campus by interim college President William Cario on Feb. 18, a Friday. That was not formally conveyed to Schulz, however, until his lawyer obtained the suspension letter on Feb. 22, Schulz’s Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty attorney Dan Lennington...