5
Dec
2016

The God of Endurance, Encouragement, and Hope

Sermon on Romans 15:4-13, (esp. vs. 4-5, 13) for the 2nd Sunday in Advent, about God's qualities of Endurance, Encouragement, and Hope, and how these are characteristics of Scripture, that God conveys to us. Consider the contrast--God is NOT a God of quitting/failure, DIScouragement, or despair. For a great hymn to go along with this, see Lutheran Service Book hymn 664 "Fight the Good Fight" about endurance--or LSB 337 "The Night Will Soon be Ending" for a contrast of how the world brings madness increasing, but God's Word brings hope increasing.

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12
Jan
2015

Baptized into Christ

Sermon on Romans 6:1-11, for the Baptism of our Lord, about how we die and rise with Christ in our Baptism, and how we face our life together with Jesus.

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27
Oct
2014

Sin and Grace in the Reformation

Sermon on Romans 3:19-28, for Reformation Day, about the meaning sin and grace, and how they show our human need and predicament before God, and His merciful response to our situation. What can the analogy of viruses  help us to understand about the disease of sin, and God's cure in Christ Jesus?

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6
Oct
2014

Righteousness and the Reformation

Sermon on Philippians 3:4b-14, for the 17th Sunday after Pentecost, about what Paul taught in Philippians and Romans about righteousness; and how that informs our Lutheran understanding of our relationship to God.

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15
Sep
2014

Living in Light of Christ’s Eternal Rule, Part 13

The 13th and final sermon in a series on Romans 6-14, entitled, "God's Greater Story." A sermon on Romans 13:11-14:12, for the 14th Sunday after Pentecost. A sermon about how Christians are tempted to quarrel over opinions or "indifferent things"--things that don't matter for our salvation. Paul shows how we must not judge or despise our brothers, because we live in the light of Christ's Eternal rule and the coming judgment to which we are all accountable. r

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8
Sep
2014

Dual Citizenship and Debts of Love, Part 12

Part 12 of a 13 part series on the Book of Romans, entitled, "God's Greater Story."

This sermon on Romans 13:1-10, for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost, is about the role of a Christian living in the dual citizenship of the nations we belong to on earth, as well as a citizen of the kingdom of heaven. How do we live out our Christian life at the intersection of these two authorities of church and state, that are both under God's authority and power? 
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3
Sep
2014

Living in Love, Part 11

Sermon on Romans 12:9-21, for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost, about the shape and dimensions of the Christian life, as Christ will lead us to as we follow Him and He lives in us. How do we respond to the hatred of enemies? How does love overcome evil?

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25
Aug
2014

Transformed for Service, Part 10

Sermon on Romans 11:33-12:8, for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost. Part 10 of the Romans' series, "God's Greater Story." The message is about the mysterious ways of God and how His mercies in Christ form the basis of our Christian life and the "living sacrifice" we offer. 

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18
Aug
2014

People of Faith and Mercy, Part 9

Sermon on Romans 11:1-2a, 13-32, for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost, part 9 of a 13 part series in Romans, "God's Greater Story." This sermon addresses the meaning of the "grafting" metaphor of the olive tree and branches, and how it Jew and Gentile relate in the church of Christ. 

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11
Aug
2014

People with a Purpose, Part 8

Sermon on Romans 10:5-17, for the 9th Sunday after Pentecost. A sermon about faith and the Word of God as the Holy Spirit's tool for creating faith. Part 8 of the series on Romans, "God's Greater Story."

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4
Aug
2014

People of Promise, Part 7

Sermon on Romans 9:1-13, for the 8th Sunday after Pentecost, on having a passion for the lost, and how God makes us into the people of God who live by His promise and for His greater purposes.

Note: The following sermon is part 7 of  a 13 part series on Romans 6-14, adapted from the Series "God's Greater Story" by Rev. David Schmitt of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. I did not preach sermons 4-7 in the series, if you are following along on the blog. In the beginning of the sermon I allude the difficulty of Romans ch. 9, referring to the passages about election and specifically vs. 13. In this sermon I did not tackle that large and complex issue, which would require a whole sermon in itself. However, for the interested reader, I can commend no better summary of the issue of election and predestination than the summary found here http://www.bookofconcord.org/fc-ep.php#XI.Election or here http://www.bookofconcord.org/sd-election.php  These are, respectively the Epitome (short version) and Solid Declaration (long version) of the Formula of Concord, from the Lutheran Confessions found in the Book of Concord. While not resolving all difficulties and potential questions, it faithfully lays out the Biblical teaching and shows that it is a doctrine of comfort and not fear. I encourage you to read it.

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7
Jul
2014

Christ our Deliverer, Part 3

Sermon on Romans 7:14-25, for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost, about the struggle we endure as simultaneously saint and sinner, and how we find victory in Christ Jesus. 

Note: The following sermon is part 3 of  a 13 part series on Romans 6-14, adapted from the Series "God's Greater Story" by Rev. David Schmitt of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

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30
Jun
2014

The Resurrecting Christ, Part 2

A sermon on Romans 7:1-13 for the 2nd Sunday of Pentecost, about how the power of the Risen Christ still changes lives, and in particular what it means to live under grace, and not under the law. What is the relationship of the new life of the Christian to God's good and holy commandment? 

Note: The following sermon is part 2 of  a 13 part series on Romans 6-14, adapted from the Series "God's Greater Story" by Rev. David Schmitt of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. 

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23
Jun
2014

Baptized into God’s Greater Story, Part 1

Sermon on Romans 6:1-23, for the 2nd Sunday of Pentecost, about how baptism draws us into God's salvation story. Adapated from part 1 of a series entitled "God's Greater Story", by Rev. David Schmitt, of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. 

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7
Apr
2014

Public Defender

Sermon on Romans 8:1-11 for the 5th Sunday in Lent, about how there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, and what it means to stand in God's heavenly courtroom. 

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