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  • Luther and Africa

    09/28/2020 1:31:24 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 11 replies
    Patheos.Com ^ | 9/3/2020 | GENE VEITH
    Wheaton theology professor Jennifer Powell McNutt, in her article An Unsung Inspiration for the Protestant Reformation: the Ethiopian Church, recounts how the Reformation–far from being an exercise in individualism–saw itself in the context of the historical church and global Christianity.  The Reformers looked to the Orthodox churches of the East and of Africa as providing a precedent for many of their reforms. When Rome insisted that there can be no church without a Pope, the Reformers pointed to the Orthodox churches, which have no Pope and whose practices pre-date those of Medieval Catholicism.  Those churches do not emphasize Purgatory and do not...
  • Confronting False Gospels (Does Islam deserve respect?)

    08/24/2020 8:38:01 PM PDT · by OddLane · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8/24/20 | Gerard Perry
    I analyze the recent David Wood Koran-eating controversy from a Biblical perspective.
  • "The God of New Beginnings" (Sermon for the Holy Trinity; on Genesis 1; Acts 2; Matthew 28)

    06/06/2020 10:04:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 7, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    The God of New Beginnings (Genesis 1; Acts 2; Matthew 28) Today is Trinity Sunday. It is on this day every year that we call special attention to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. This teaching is true every day of the year, of course, but on this particular Sunday, we call special attention to it. The Scripture readings for today bring out the nature of God as being triune, that is, one God in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The hymns we sing on this day are trinitarian in their content. And Trinity Sunday is the one...
  • "Ascended and Still Present" (Sermon for the Ascension of Our Lord, on Acts 1:1-11 and Ephesians 1:15-23)

    05/20/2020 9:12:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 21, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Ascended and Still Present (Acts 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:15-23) Where is Jesus, and what is he doing? Thats a good question to ask on this Ascension Day. Where did Jesus go when he ascended, and what is he doing now? Alright, you say, I know the answer to that; we just confessed it in the Creed: He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. OK, fine, but whats the big deal about that? Is that enough to have a whole special festival service, to come out and have church on a Thursday? Well, I...
  • "Making Known the Unknown God" (Sermon for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, on Acts 17:16-31)

    05/16/2020 9:18:07 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 17, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Making Known the Unknown God (Acts 17:16-31) The reading today from the Book of Acts is the story of Paul preaching at the Areopagus in Athens. There Paul was preaching not in a Jewish synagogue where he could assume some biblical literacy. Rather, he was speaking in a Gentile, pluralistic marketplace of ideas. And so this text has great relevance for us today, for this is the world we live in. Thus our theme this morning: Making Known the Unknown God. So Paul is in Athens, the great intellectual center from Greeces glorious past. This was the city of the...
  • "The Real Normal" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, on Acts 2:42-47)

    05/02/2020 7:14:13 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 3, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Real Normal” (Acts 2:42-47) We’re hearing a lot of talk these days about “the new normal.” “The new normal”: It means that the way we’ve been living these last seven weeks is how we’re going to have to continue to live for the indefinite future. Depending on the state you live in and who your governor is, you’re going to have to stay at home, self-isolating, and not do any unessential travel. If you do go out for anything deemed essential, you’re going to have to practice social distancing--stay six feet apart from anybody. You’re going to have to...
  • No, the Early Christian Church Was Not Communist

    02/25/2020 7:40:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Discovery Institute ^ | Jay W. Richards
    Youve heard this question. Since I write a lot about Christianity and economics, Ive been asked it dozens of times. Was the early Church communist?Its not a crazy query. In the book of Acts, just after Pentecost, members of the new Church sold their belongings and shared their wealth. That sounds like communism to some folks. And if Christians are to live up to their origins, the argument goes, then they should be communists too.Makes perfect sense, as long as you misread the text, ignore the details, and forget the meaning of words.Still, lots of people have that impression. So...
  • "The Father's Day--and the Son's, and the Holy Spirit's (Sermon for the Holy Trinity, on Acts 2)

    06/15/2019 8:38:56 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    Charles Henrickson's Facebook page ^ | June 16, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    The Fathers Day--and the Sons, and the Holy Spirits (Acts 2:14a, 22-36) Today is Fathers Day. No, wait, let me correct that. Today is The Fathers Day--and the Sons, and the Holy Spirits. What do I mean by that? Let me explain. Today is the third Sunday in June, which in our country is Fathers Day. And thats a good thing. Its good for us to honor our fathers and our mothers. In fact, God put that right into the Ten Commandments. So on this day we honor our fathers for the gifts that they are, given to us by...
  • "All the Words of This Life" (Sermon for the Second Sunday of Easter, on Acts 5:12-20)

    04/27/2019 12:12:06 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    April 28, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    All the Words of This Life (Acts 5:12-20) In our reading today from the Book of Acts, we find the apostles in Jerusalem, ministering in the name of the Lord and finding favor with the people. But the high priest and the Sadducees dont like this. Theyre jealous, and so they have the apostles arrested and thrown in jail. The Lord has other ideas, though. That night an angel comes and opens the prison doors and brings the apostles out and instructs them to carry on, saying, Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the...
  • "Tongues for Telling the Mighty Works of God" (Sermon for the Day of Pentecost, on Acts 2:1-21)

    05/19/2018 7:03:09 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 20, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Tongues for Telling the Mighty Works of God (Acts 2:1-21) Its the Day of Pentecost. Its nine oclock in the morning. And the disciples are together in one place. It was true back then, and it is true today--yes, here, this morning. Back on the Day of Pentecost in the Book of Acts, it was nine oclock in the morning--the third hour of the day, as our text puts it--and the group of disciples was together there in Jerusalem. Now today, on this Day of Pentecost, also at nine oclock in the morning, this group of disciples is gathered here...
  • Its Not About You: A Meditation on the Abrupt End of the Acts of the Apostles

    05/27/2016 7:19:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-26-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It’s Not About You: A Meditation on the Abrupt End of the Acts of the Apostles Msgr. Charles Pope • May 26, 2016 • Last week as we finished the Easter Cycle and crowned it with Pentecost. We also finished the lengthy reading of the Acts of the Apostles. There are two parts of the Acts of the Apostles: The Acts of Peter and those of Paul. But to be honest, the book has an unfinished quality to it. Let’s consider that.First, a quick summary: The second part of Acts is focused on the evangelical mission of St. Paul...
  • "Ascension Day, the Forgotten Festival" (Sermon for the Ascension of Our Lord, on Luke 24, Acts 1)

    05/25/2017 3:27:13 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 25, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Ascension Day, the Forgotten Festival (Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:1-11) Welcome to the Forgotten Festival! Today is Ascension Day, or, as its more properly called, the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord. But there is reason to call it, as I say, the Forgotten Festival. Because even though Ascension Day is classed in the church year as a major festival, which means its a day for all churches to hold the Divine Service of Word and Sacrament, the sad fact is that in recent decades many congregations and many Christians have forgotten all about celebrating this important festival. It used...
  • "Easter Joy Continues!" (Sermon for the Second Sunday of Easter, on John 20, Acts 5, and 1 Peter 1)

    04/22/2017 7:52:29 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 23, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Easter Joy Continues! (John 20:19-31; Acts 5:29-42; 1 Peter 1:3-9) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) Yes, he is risen indeed! And guess what? He is still risen! Christ didnt stop being risen once Easter Day was over. And so the Easter season continues--and with it, our Easter joy. Its the Second Sunday of Easter! Thus our theme for this morning: Easter Joy Continues! The Easter joy was certainly evident last Sunday. Easter Day at St. Matthews was a day of great joy. As soon as the resurrection was announced at the start of the service, we...
  • "Pentecost: A Firstfruits Harvest Festival" (Sermon for the Day of Pentecost, on Acts 2:1-41)

    05/14/2016 9:44:46 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 15, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Pentecost: A Firstfruits Harvest Festival (Acts 2:1-41) What do you know about the Feast of Pentecost? If youre like most people in the church today, Im guessing not too much. Oh, maybe you know it has something to do with the coming of the Holy Spirit. And you would be right. But theres more to it than that. OK, lets see. Maybe youve heard that Pentecost is called the birthday of the church. Well, alright, theres something to that. Maybe somewhere along the line you heard that people can wear red to church on Pentecost Sunday. And that does match...
  • "Our Guiding, Guarding Good Shepherd" (Sermon for Fourth Sunday of Easter; John 10; Acts 20; Rev. 7)

    04/16/2016 11:34:35 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 17, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Our Guiding, Guarding Good Shepherd (John 10:22-30; Acts 20:17-35; Revelation 7:9-17) Today is Good Shepherd Sunday. Every year on this Sunday in the Easter season we focus our attention on Jesus as our good shepherd. On this day every year our psalm is Psalm 23, The LORD is my shepherd. On this day every year the Holy Gospel is a portion of John 10, the chapter in which Jesus says, I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, and I lay down my life for the sheep. Every year on this Sunday the other...
  • Questions on Acts 4

    09/02/2015 6:49:23 AM PDT · by LearsFool · 10 replies
    The Scriptures | Self
    Some will tell you the Bible can't be understood. Others say you can't understand it without a theology degree, or an ordained teacher, or a special vision/revelation. I challenge those claims, and invite everyone to read Acts 4 and see whether the following questions are too difficult. And when you're done, you might find you know more than your preacher. :-) 1. What was it in Peter's sermon in ch. 3 that upset the Sadducees so much? (See Mt. 22:23, for instance.) 2. In Mt. 10:17-20, Lk. 21:12-15, Mk. 13:9-11, and elsewhere, Jesus had given to the apostles warnings, instructions,...
  • Questions on Acts 3

    08/28/2015 9:01:39 AM PDT · by LearsFool · 16 replies
    http://www.freerepublic.com | Self
    Some will tell you the Bible can't be understood. Others say you can't understand it without a theology degree, or an ordained teacher, or a special vision/revelation. I challenge those claims, and invite everyone to read Acts 3 and see whether the following questions are too difficult. And when you're done, you might find you know more than your preacher. :-) 1. What was the lame man expecting to receive from Peter and John? 2. Did the people recognize this man? Why were they amazed when they saw him? 3. How had the Jews treated their Messiah/Christ? 4. What proofs...
  • Questions on Acts 2

    08/17/2015 6:34:57 AM PDT · by LearsFool · 12 replies
    http://www.freerepublic.com | Self
    Some will tell you the Bible can't be understood. Others say you can't understand it without a theology degree, or an ordained teacher, or a special vision/revelation. I challenge those claims, and invite everyone to read Acts 2 and see whether the following questions are too difficult. And when you're done, you might find you know more than your preacher. :-) 1. Something unusual happened on Pentecost. Was this predicted by Jesus in the previous chapter? 2. How many different nationalities were represented in Jerusalem at Pentecost? 3. How did they know the apostles were Galileans? 4. Joel's prophecy quoted...
  • Questions on Acts 1

    08/15/2015 11:02:28 AM PDT · by LearsFool · 41 replies
    http://www.freerepublic.com | Self
    Some will tell you the Bible can't be understood. Others say you can't understand it without a theology degree, or an ordained teacher, or a special vision/revelation. I challenge those claims, and invite everyone to read Acts 1 and see whether the following questions are too difficult. And when you're done, you might find you know more than your preacher. :-) 1. Acts is Luke's second book. What was his first book about? 2. What convinced the apostles that Jesus had been raised from the dead? 3. Why didn't they begin proclaiming the gospel right away? 4. When would they...
  • "The Past, Present, and Future of the Ascension" (Sermon for the Ascension of Our Lord)

    05/14/2015 9:31:15 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 14, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    The Past, Present, and Future of the Ascension (Luke 24:44-53; Ephesians 1:15-23; Acts 1:1-11)He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence he will come to judge the living and the dead. Thats what we just confessed about our Lord Jesus Christ, isnt it? This portion of the Apostles Creed captures what this day, Ascension Day, is all about. These three things: He ascended into heaven. He sits at the right hand of the Father. And he will come again. A past act. A present reality. And a future hope. And all...