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  • "Unpacking the Nutshell" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, on John 3:14-21)

    03/18/2012 12:41:56 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 18, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Unpacking the Nutshell” (John 3:14-21)“John 3:16”: You’ll see that reference--just that reference, by itself, no other words with it--you’ll see “John 3:16” showing up in all sorts of places. You might see a guy with a rainbow wig at a sporting event, holding up a sign that says on it, simply, “John 3:16.” You might see quarterback Tim Tebow with “John 3:16” written on his eye black. They figure that just the reference is enough to get their message across, since the verse, John 3:16, is so well known. You all know it. You probably learned it by memory when...
  • "The LORD Will Provide" (Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent, on Genesis 22:1-18)

    02/25/2012 7:54:03 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies · 1+ views
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 26, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The LORD Will Provide” (Genesis 22:1-18)Our text today is the Old Testament Reading, from Genesis 22, the account of “The Binding of Isaac,” as it is often called. The binding of Isaac, upon an altar, by his father Abraham, at the direction of the Lord God, for the purpose of offering up Isaac as a sacrifice. God tested Abraham, to the limit, in this ordeal. God tested Abraham to see if he would believe that God would really keep his promise that Isaac would be his heir, the son of promise. And, by God’s grace and strength, Abraham passed the...
  • Lutheran leader sides with Catholics on contraceptives issue in fiery testimony

    02/20/2012 11:28:15 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | February 18, 2012 | TIM TOWNSEND
    On Thursday afternoon [Feb 16] in Washington, the Rev. Matthew Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, told a panel of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives that the St. Louis-based denomination "stand(s) with our friends in the Catholic Church" in opposition to a recent government ruling on contraception. The Missouri Synod has not traditionally embraced the notion of pluralism, at least when it comes to what the church calls "altar and pulpit fellowship." But in an interview Friday, Harrison, who lives in Ballwin with his family, made it clear that the Missouri Synod has "large consensus with the...
  • "The White Clothes of Jesus" (Sermon for the Transfiguration of Our Lord, on Mark 9:2-9)

    02/18/2012 6:48:49 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies · 1+ views
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 19, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The White Clothes of Jesus” (Mark 9:2-9)Today on this last Sunday in the Epiphany season the church celebrates a great, pivotal event in the life and ministry of Jesus, namely, the Transfiguration of Our Lord. Jesus goes up on a high mountain, taking along with him his inner circle of disciples, Peter, James, and John. There he is transfigured before them, that is, his appearance changes, and his clothes become dazzling white. Two great figures from the Old Testament, Moses and Elijah, appear with Jesus and talk with him. The disciples don’t know what to make of all of this....
  • (LCMS President) Harrison Speaks Before House Committee

    02/16/2012 12:25:31 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 22 replies
    lcms.org ^ | February 16, 2012
    Missouri Synod President tells House Committee: LCMS ‘religiously opposed to supporting abortion-causing drugs’ST. LOUIS—February 16, 2012—The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of the St. Louis-based Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, was one of several witnesses to give testimony today during the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s hearing, “Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?” Following are Harrison’s comments to the committee: “Mr. Chairman, it’s a pleasure to be here. The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is a body of some 6,200 congregations and 2.3 million members across the...
  • (LCMS President) Harrison to speak before House committee

    02/15/2012 6:46:57 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 29 replies
    lcms.org ^ | February 15, 2012 | Adriane Dorr
    LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison will take part in a Capitol Hill hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in Washington, D. C., on Thursday, Feb. 16. The hearing will focus on the issues of freedom of religion and freedom of conscience in relation to the Obama administration's recent health-care ruling regarding contraceptives. The panel also will include Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Baptist and Jewish leaders. The Rev. John T. Pless, who teaches theological ethics and is an assistant professor of Pastoral Ministry and missions at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, and Ann Stillman, vice-president and general...
  • LCMS reacts to contraceptive mandate 'accommodation'

    02/14/2012 11:56:13 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 23 replies
    lcms.org ^ | February 14, 2012 | The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison
    LCMS reacts to contraceptive mandate 'accommodation' Missouri Synod president says church remains ‘deeply concerned’ about health plan mandate despite White House statement ST. LOUIS—February 14, 2012—The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, issued a statement today in response to President Obama’s health plan “accommodation” for religious groups, which was announced last week: “In response to President Obama’s announcement Friday concerning an ‘accommodation’ to a previous mandate that health plans must cover all forms of birth control (even those that can kill the unborn), The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) remains deeply concerned. We strongly object to...
  • "The Cleansing of Naaman: How Can Water Do Such Great Things?" (Sermon on 2 Kings 5:1-14)

    02/11/2012 11:06:52 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 11 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 12, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Cleansing of Naaman: How Can Water Do Such Great Things?” (2 Kings 5:1-14)Our text is the Old Testament Reading for today, the story of the cleansing of Naaman. Short version: Naaman was a man who had leprosy. He was told, “Wash, and be clean.” And, after some objections, Naaman did wash, and he did become clean. But there’s more here than meets the eye, as we will see. For one thing, this story raises the question: How could simply washing in a river--and a pretty unimpressive river, at that--how could that cleanse a man of leprosy? And what does...
  • Lutherans join chorus of voices slamming HHS contraceptive mandate

    KIRKWOOD, Missouri, February 9, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The President of the Missouri Lutheran Synod added his voice to the growing chorus of religious leaders from across denominational lines who are objecting to the HHS mandate requiring employers to cover sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs in their healthcare plans. “The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod objects to the use of drugs and procedures that are used to take the lives of unborn children, who are persons in the sight of God from the time of conception,” wrote Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, in a statement issued February 3rd. “Increasingly we are suffering overzealous...
  • "And He Healed Many" (Sermon on Mark 1:29-39)

    02/04/2012 8:14:24 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 5, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “And He Healed Many” (Mark 1:29-39)Yesterday, on a pastors’ e-mail list that I’m a part of, one of the men, Pastor Jay Webber of Arizona, brought a prayer request to our group on behalf of his son Paul and daughter-in-law Ruth. He’s given me permission to share this with you, by the way. His daughter-in-law, Ruth Webber, is 23 years old, and she is six months into her first pregnancy. However, she has been diagnosed with advanced gastric cancer, stomach cancer. Her chances for survival, Pastor Webber reports, are not good. Right now she’s up at the Mayo Clinic in...
  • Churches balk at birth control rule - Catholics won’t comply, bishop says

    02/03/2012 3:40:14 PM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies
    Journal Gazette ^ | 2/3/12 | Rosa Salter Rodriguez
    FORT WAYNE – A federal rule requiring religious organizations to pay the full cost of birth control, possible abortion-causing drugs and sterilization under their employees’ health plans has aroused local ire, including the local Catholic church’s refusal to comply. On Sunday, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Roman Catholic Diocese will make the church’s case against proposed provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to the people in the pews with a statement that will be read at Masses. He issued a statement Thursday. District leaders of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod are expected to discuss the...
  • "A New Teaching with Authority!" (Sermon on Mark 1:21-28)

    01/28/2012 7:26:42 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 29, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A New Teaching with Authority!” (Mark 1:21-28)Our text today is the Holy Gospel, the story of Jesus teaching in the synagogue and rebuking an unclean spirit, and the people’s reaction to what he was doing. They rightly saw that this was “A New Teaching with Authority!” “Jesus entered the synagogue and was teaching,” our text says. We sometimes forget that Jesus was a rabbi, a teacher. During his ministry, he would travel around to various places and teach. And one place where he regularly went was to the synagogue. Now the temple in Jerusalem was the place for the nation...
  • "Net Growth" (Sermon on Mark 1:14-20)

    01/21/2012 10:20:03 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 22, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Net Growth” (Mark 1:14-20)Where are the fish? Where have all the fish gone? This is the question on the mind of most every church in America these days. And no, I’m not talking about trout and catfish. I’m talking about people. Where are the fish, where are all the people? Why aren’t we seeing them in the church like we used to? Whose fault is it? Whom can we blame? Our numbers are down. Attendance, offerings--that’s what we’re fishing for, isn’t it? Maybe we need to try a different net. Why aren’t we seeing any (if you’ll pardon the pun)...
  • JON CARROLL { The Lutherans seem so nice, too }

    01/16/2012 7:46:37 AM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies · 2+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/16/12 | Jon Carroll
    Let us first review the First Amendment as signed by those very Founding Fathers we so zealously quarrel about: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." Naturally, various legal penumbras, as they say, have formed around each of these phrases, with freedom of speech bringing up one set of issues and freedom of religious expression another. The First Amendment is regarded by...
  • "Can Anything Good Come out of Nazareth?" (Sermon on John 1:43-51)

    01/14/2012 3:01:04 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 15, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Can Anything Good Come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:43-51)Can anything good come out of Bonne Terre? Can anything good come out of Potosi? Or let’s be more specific: Can anything good come out of St. Matthew’s? Can anything good come out of Redeemer? Those may be the kinds of questions in the minds of the people we meet and talk to. And the attitude behind the questions would be a rather dubious one. Believe it or not, some people may not think very much of those little podunk towns, Bonne Terre and Potosi, or of those little Lutheran churches, St....
  • "Christ's Baptism and Ours" (Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord, on Mark 1:4-11 and Romans 6:1-11)

    01/07/2012 11:06:32 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 8 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 8, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Christ’s Baptism and Ours” (Mark 1:4-11; Romans 6:1-11)Today the church celebrates the Baptism of Our Lord. On the First Sunday after the Epiphany, every year, we hear an account from one of the gospels of Christ’s baptism in the Jordan by John. “OK, so Jesus got baptized,” you say. “Big deal. Why should I care? What does this have to do with me?” A whole lot. As we shall see. Our reading from Mark and our reading from Romans will make the connection, as we consider the theme: “Christ’s Baptism and Ours.” First, Christ’s baptism. What’s going on here? What...
  • "Friday Night Lights" (Sermon for the Epiphany of Our Lord, on Matthew 2, Isaiah 60, Ephesians 3)

    01/06/2012 3:37:11 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 6, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Friday Night Lights” (Matthew 2:1-12; Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:1-12)“Pastor, have you lost your mind? What are you doing, dragging us out here to church on a Friday night, for goodness’ sakes! And in January, no less!” And my answer to that would be: The reason I’ve asked you all here tonight has to do with the “Friday Night Lights.” Friday night lights. Let me explain. Today is the Epiphany of Our Lord, a major festival of the church year. Epiphany is always January 6--it’s what we call a “fixed-date festival,” determined by the date on the calendar, regardless of the...
  • "Circumcision and Name Both Say 'Savior'" (Sermon on Luke 2:21)

    12/31/2011 7:23:44 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 8 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 1, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Circumcision and Name Both Say ‘Savior’” (Luke 2:21)Today is New Year’s Day, a day for looking forward to the year that lies ahead. It’s a day for plans and goals and New Year’s resolutions. “This is the year, finally, when I will get my weight under control, or when I will start exercising more regularly, or when I start being more faithful in my daily devotions.” All well and good. These can be good goals to have. January 1, 2012. This is also a day when we begin a new chapter in the life of our church. How is this...
  • "Christ's Birthday Is Our Birthday, Too" (Sermon for Christmas Day, on John 1:1-14)

    12/24/2011 2:39:31 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 25, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Christ’s Birthday Is Our Birthday, Too” (John 1:1-14)Whose birthday is it today? Well, that’s a good question. Of course, we’re celebrating the birth of Christ. It’s Christmas, after all. But at the same time, it is through Christmas, through the birth of Christ in the flesh, that other children are born, too--namely, the children of God. That’s us. And so today we’re celebrating the birth of Christ, first and foremost, but also with it, our own birth as God’s children. I can put our message today into one sentence: The Son of God became man, so that the sons of...
  • "Home for the Holidays" (Sermon for Christmas Eve, on Luke 2:1-20)

    12/23/2011 7:21:39 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 24, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Home for the Holidays” (Luke 2:1-20)“Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays.” So goes the familiar Christmas song. And it is good to be home, with family, at Christmas time. Renewed relations, good food, smiles on all the faces. There’s a fire in the fireplace, and you’re sitting in the living room, opening presents by the Christmas tree. Perry Como is singing in the background. Como, cocoa, cookies, and kids--a Christmas right out of Norman Rockwell. Very nice. But tonight I want to tell you about something even better than that. What it really means to be home...