Category Archives: Sermons

Holy Cross Day: The Way of the Cross (1 Corinthians 1:18-25 / John 12:20-33)

sermon-9-16-18.mp3 Today, we celebrate the Holy Cross “on which the Prince of Glory died.” (LSB #425) To be sure, the cross is not ‘holy’ in and of itself. In fact, in and of itself, the cross is just two pieces of wood joined together with rope and nails. In and of itself, the cross is […]

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Pentecost 16: The Faith of a Gentile (Mark 7:24-30)

sermon-9-9-18.mp3 The text for our consideration is the first half of our gospel reading that begins, “And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon.  And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden.”  The thing you’ve got to know […]

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Pentecost 15: Martyrdom of John the Baptist (Mark 6:14-29)

sermon-9-2-18.mp3 John the Baptist stands at the end of a long line of Old Testament prophets whose job it was to point men and women, boys and girls to the Messiah, the Christ.  He did so with words. John pointed people to Jesus with words of WARNING – “He comes to judge you. Therefore repent […]

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Pentecost 14: Christian Marriage Counseling (Ephesians 5:22-33)

sermon-8-26-18.mp3 The text for our consideration today is our Epistle reading, Ephesians 5:22-33 – where St. Paul gives us a picture of marriage as it can only be seen through the eyes of faith.  No Sociology text book or Political playbook is ever going to describe ‘marriage’ the way Paul does here. Paul calls marriage […]

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Pentecost 11: Grumbling in the Wilderness (Exodus 16:2-15 / John 6:22-35)

sermon-8-5-18.mp3 “And the whole congregation of the people of Israel GRUMBLED against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.” Which is a shame really, because Moses never really wanted to be a pastor to begin with.  He didn’t like public speaking and was content simply shepherding his father-in-law’s sheep.  But the Lord called him, even from […]

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Pentecost 10: God’s Peace to Noah’s Trauma (Genesis 9:8-17)

sermon-7-29-18.mp3 “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” is a term that we’ve become familiar with as we learn more about the effects that ‘TRAUMA’ can have on a person. Those who serve or have served in the military are particularly vulnerable to PTSD because of the  TRAUMATIC things they have seen and experienced – and ‘trauma’ has its […]

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Pentecost 8: A Matter of Identity (Ephesians 1:3-14)

sermon-7-15-18.mp3 In Arthur Miller’s famous play, ‘Death of A Salesman,” Willie Lohman spends his whole adult life searching for status and recognition from others.  For Willie, life is all about how many people admire and respect him, the measure of which is how many people will turn out for his funeral.  “When I die,” he […]

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Pentecost 7: Praying for Thorns (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)

sermon-7-8-18.mp3 After a bit of modest bragging about his exclusive, backstage tour of heaven, Paul writes, “To keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded […]

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Pentecost 6: Helper of the Helpless (Mark 5:21-43)

sermon-7-1-18.mp3 He was at his wits end.  He and his wife had done everything they knew to do for their daughter.  She was only twelve years old, and as soon as it became obvious that there was something wrong, they took her to see every doctor and tried every remedy and exhausted every avenue no […]

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Pentecost 4: Thinking About Death (2 Corinthians 5:1-10)

sermon-6-17-18.mp3 It may not be the most pleasant and cheery topic to talk about, but today we’re going to talk about death.  What are we to think about it?  How are we to think about it?  And maybe the most important thing to say here is simply that we should think about death, because it’s […]

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