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  • "Authoritative Word, Marvelous Faith" (Sermon on Luke 7:1-10)

    05/29/2016 2:08:16 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 29, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Authoritative Word, Marvelous Faith” (Luke 7:1-10) It is hard to surprise or shock Jesus. It is hard to amaze him or cause him to marvel. It rarely happens. But today it does. It’s the story of the centurion asking for a healing for his servant, and how he asks it. This centurion causes Jesus to marvel. But it’s not just the story of the man’s faith. More so, it’s the story of what prompts this faith, what it is about Jesus that calls forth this faith. And so our theme this morning, “Authoritative Word, Marvelous Faith.” Let’s start with the...
  • "The Prodigal Celebration" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, on Luke 15:1-3, 11-32)

    03/05/2016 9:51:43 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 6, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Prodigal Celebration” (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32) Our text today is the Holy Gospel from Luke 15. It is the famous and well-loved Parable of the Prodigal Son. But today I want to suggest to you that we might also call it the Parable of “The Prodigal Celebration.” More on that later. But first we should set the scene for this parable in the ministry of Jesus. Thus far in his ministry Jesus has been preaching the good news of the kingdom. He has been calling sinners to repentance, so that they would receive from him forgiveness for their sins. Jesus...
  • Original 1977 Star Wars 35mm print has been restored and released online

    02/19/2016 8:41:47 PM PST · by Utilizer · 25 replies
    Ars Technica ^ | Feb 18, 2016 | Reference to Ars Technica (Mark Walton)
    It appears a team called "Negative 1" is behind a new version (HD) of the original Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, and the 35mm print has appeared online. For those of you purists out there, or those who might have been among the first to see the film when it first came out onto theatres and changed movie experiences everywhere, you might be interested in this. The information is posted in an article from ArsTechnica online, but since they do not allow any excerpting at all on FR, this is purely a personal note and not an actual...
  • "The Transfiguration--and Exodus--of Our Lord" (Sermon on Luke 9:28-36)

    02/06/2016 5:03:56 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 7, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "The Transfiguration--and Exodus--of Our Lord" (Luke 9:28-36) Today is the Transfiguration of Our Lord. This is the festival we celebrate every year on the last Sunday after the Epiphany. We have seen Christ's glory as the incarnate Son of God being manifested throughout the Epiphany season, beginning with the visit of the wise men on Epiphany itself. At the Baptism of Our Lord, Christ's messiahship was attested and affirmed by the Holy Spirit descending on him in the form of a dove and the voice of the Father coming from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am...
  • "Jesus' Inaugural Address" (Sermon for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany, on Luke 4:16-30)

    01/23/2016 7:27:17 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 24, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "Jesus' Inaugural Address" (Luke 4:16-30) In just about one year from now, the new President of the United States of America will give his (or her) inaugural address. Having just been inaugurated into office, the new president will give a speech outlining the plans and priorities of the new administration. Often these are stated in lofty terms, trying to capture the hopes and aspirations of the people, which the new president will seek to accomplish. The inaugural address is intended to set the tone for the administration, right from the outset, to be conveyed in memorable terms and phrases. The...
  • "The Things of My Father" (Sermon for the Second Sunday after Christmas, on Luke 2:40-52)

    01/02/2016 6:09:05 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 3, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "The Things of My Father" (Luke 2:40-52) Maybe you've seen the GEICO commercial of Peter Pan going to a class reunion. Peter Pan is portrayed as a twelve-year-old boy who has never grown up. His classmates, though, have aged naturally, and now they're all in their upper sixties. As a twelve-year-old boy, Peter is still young and immature and kind of smart-alecky. He tricks one man into going for a high-five, but then Peter pokes him in the stomach. And to a woman who presumably is about 67 or 68, he says, "You don't look a day over seventy, am...
  • "Born for You a Savior" (Sermon for Christmas Eve, on Luke 2:1-20)

    12/24/2015 8:15:25 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 24, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "Born for You a Savior" (Luke 2:1-20) "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." So the angel brought the good news of great joy to the shepherds. And so the good news comes to us tonight: "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." Let's consider now, and let us rejoice in, this glorious announcement, under the theme, "Born for You a Savior." In particular, I want us to zero in on three terms the angel uses...
  • "Spirit-Given Faith Greets the Savior" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, on Luke 1:39-56)

    12/19/2015 10:03:52 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 20, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "Spirit-Given Faith Greets the Savior" (Luke 1:39-56) We're coming near the end of Advent, and it's time to greet the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ--not only at Christmas, but also when he comes again. Are you ready? Are you prepared? How will you greet him? Our Gospel reading today shows us how to greet him when he comes. In faith. What does that mean, "in faith"? And where does that faith come from? We'll find that out, too, as the word of the Lord comes to us today, under the theme, "Spirit-Given Faith Greets the Savior." In the Holy...
  • "Or Shall We Look for Another?" (Sermon for the Third Sunday in Advent, on Luke 7:18-35)

    12/12/2015 10:48:41 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 13, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "Or Shall We Look for Another?" (Luke 7:18-35) Options, options. Comparison shopping. Never satisfied. Always looking. The grass is always greener. That's how people are these days. They swipe a new profile on an online dating site, and they think, "Well, he looks interesting," or "She looks kinda nice," but, "but maybe I can find someone better." That's how our culture is these days. 500 channels to choose from. 6,000 websites to browse. Moving on, moving on. Always looking for something or someone better. Never content. Never satisfied. Always disappointed. No one ever lives up to our expectations. Well, we...
  • "Bear Fruits in Keeping with Repentance" (Sermon for the Second Sunday in Advent; Luke 3:1-14)

    12/05/2015 1:15:44 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 6, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "Bear Fruits in Keeping with Repentance" (Luke 3:1-14) It's Advent. Advent is a season of hope and anticipation, as we look forward to our Lord's coming, both at Christmas and on the Last Day. But besides hope and anticipation, Advent is also a season of repentance. It is a penitential season. And this mood of repentance is also tied to our Lord's coming. For it is by repentance that we prepare the way of the Lord. Repentance is the proper preparation that befits the coming of our Lord. And not just a vague, nebulous feeling of repentance. But more than...
  • Angels of Advent: Announcing the Forerunner

    12/03/2015 4:01:51 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Aletelia ^ | December 3, 2015 | FR DWIGHT LONGENECKER
    Zechariah was a priest doing his duty, making the incense sacrifice in the temple, when an angel appeared to him. The story is told in the first chapter of Luke’s gospel. The angel told Zechariah that, despite he and his wife, Elizabeth, being too old to have children, she would have a son.The language and imagery in the story is evocative of the Old Testament. Abraham and his wife, Sarah, were childless when three angels appeared to announce the birth of their son Isaac. Furthermore, the child who is to be born to Zechariah and Elizabeth will be like...
  • The Forerunner...Luke's Nativity pt 2

    12/01/2015 11:54:48 AM PST · by pastorbillrandles
    12-02-15 | Bill Randles
    And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be...
  • The First Glimmer of Hope...Luke's Nativity pt 1

    There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course, According to the custom of the priest’s office,...
  • "Blessed is the King Who Comes in the Name of the Lord!" (Sermon, First Sunday in Advent, Luke)

    11/28/2015 4:07:25 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 29, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "Blessed is the King Who Comes in the Name of the Lord!" (Luke 19:28-40) As you can tell from the change in the color of the paraments and from the presence of the Advent wreath and from one candle being lit on the Advent wreath, today is the First Sunday in Advent. And the traditional Gospel reading for the First Sunday in Advent is the account of Jesus entering Jerusalem to the acclaim of the crowds, as you just heard. But now you may be wondering, "The triumphal entry into Jerusalem--isn't that a reading for Palm Sunday? Why are we...
  • "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.” That’s what we just confessed about our Lord Jesus Christ, isn’t 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...
  • "To Understand the Scriptures" (Sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter, on Luke 24:36-49)

    04/18/2015 9:07:36 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 19, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “To Understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:36-49)Have you ever thought about what the Bible is all about? I mean, if you had to boil it down to just a few short sentences, what would you say is the main message of the Scriptures? You know, a lot of people have a lot of different opinions about the Bible and what it is saying. They pull this verse or that verse out of context and twist it like a wax nose to make it suit their purpose. People approach the Bible with their presuppositions and then find in the Bible what they...
  • "A Twelve-Year-Old Boy, Filled with Wisdom" (Sermon, Second Sunday after Christmas, Luke 2:40-52)

    01/03/2015 9:15:49 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 4, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Twelve-Year-Old Boy, Filled with Wisdom” (Luke 2:40-52) When I was twelve years old, I hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Pretty impressive, eh? No, pretty stupid, actually. Because, at twelve years old, I hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon . . . without telling anyone. Let me explain. This was back in the days of train travel, and my mother, grandmother, sister, and I were taking the train from Chicago to Los Angeles for a family reunion. When we got to Arizona, there was an option to get off the train, get on a bus,...
  • St Luke: 10 things to know and share

    12/31/2014 5:54:23 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    NC Register ^ | Jimmy Akin
    1) Who was St. Luke? St. Luke is mentioned by name in three passages of Scripture: In Colossians 4:14, St. Paul writes: “Luke the beloved physician and Demas greet you.”In 2 Timothy 4:11, Paul writes: “Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you; for he is very useful in serving me.”And in Philemon 23-24, Paul writes: “Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you, and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.” Since Luke is mentioned in three letters, we can infer that he was a frequent companion of St....
  • "Depart in Peace" (Sermon for the First Sunday after Christmas, on Luke 2:22-40)

    12/27/2014 8:06:15 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 28, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Depart in Peace” (Luke 2:22-40)Are you ready to go? What I mean is, are you ready to leave? No, I don’t mean right at this very moment. It would be nice if you would stick around till the end of the service. But then, at the end of the service, will you be ready to leave? By that I mean, will you be ready to leave in peace, satisfied and content and ready for whatever comes next? What makes you ready to leave, to leave any situation? For instance, this year is coming to a close. Are you ready to...
  • The birth of Jesus as recorded in Luke 2: 1-20

    12/25/2014 8:51:53 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/25/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    In this time of worry about the future of our nation let us pause to remember the gift God gave us on the first Christmas morning. Here is the story of Christ’s birth as told to us by St. Luke 2: 1-20) 1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. 2 This was the first enrollment, when Quirin’i-us was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to...
  • A Lesson From Luke

    12/23/2014 7:31:10 PM PST · by OddLane · 10 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | December 23, 2014 | Mark Steyn
    This is a column we still get a lot of requests for this time of year - written eleven Christmases ago and riffing off an often overlooked corner of the Gospels. It represents one of my first forays into what would become the demographic thesis of America Alone. I'm happy to report that Israel's fertility looks a little healthier than Mr Netanyahu gave it credit for. Europe, alas, remains largely blind to what lies ahead: But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou...
  • "Mary, What DID You Know?" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, on Luke 1:26-38)

    12/20/2014 9:29:33 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 21, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Mary, What DID You Know?” (Luke 1:26-38)Every year several of the radio stations in St. Louis start playing nothing but Christmas music. I think they start sometime around mid-August, but that’s beside the point. They play Christmas music, and a few of the songs even have something to do with the birth of Christ. Yes, it’s true! And one of the most popular of these songs is a song called, “Mary, Did You Know?” You’ve probably heard it, I’m guessing. The idea of the song is that someone is asking Mary, the mother of our Lord, if she knew what...
  • Christmas According to Matthew, Luke, and Obama

    12/15/2014 8:55:03 AM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 15, 2014 | Jan LaRue
    After expounding repeatedly about who or what is Islamic, President Obama continues to assume the role of America’s theologian in chief by giving us his twist on the “Greatest Story Ever Told.” Obama injected his private interpretation into the Christmas story to bolster support of his executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. As reported by Charlie Spiering of Breitbart.com, Obama told an audience of amnesty advocates at a town hall meeting in Nashville, Tenn. on Dec. 9: “If we’re serious about the Christmas season, now is the time to reflect on those who are strangers in our midst and...
  • "Lead Us Not into Temptation" (Sermon for Holy Thursday, on the Lord's Prayer and Luke 22:1-46)

    04/17/2014 10:57:35 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 17, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Lead Us Not into Temptation” (The Lord’s Prayer; Luke 22:1-46) During this Lenten season we’ve been doing a series on the Lord’s Prayer called “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” And that’s exactly what our Lord does on this Holy Thursday evening. He teaches us to pray. That’s what he instructs us to do, that’s what he gives us an example of doing, and, even more than that, he prays for us. In particular, on this night Jesus instructs his disciples to pray for strength in the face of temptation. “Pray that you may not enter into temptation,” Jesus tells them...
  • Was the Gospel of St Luke 'written' by MARY?

    04/14/2014 4:20:41 PM PDT · by GreyFriar · 47 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | April 14, 2014 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Dr. Adam Bradford believes third Gospel was originally a legal document. He says it was written by Luke, a Greek physician, as a letter of support for St Paul who was imprisoned for the political crime of supporting Jesus. Details about Jesus' childhood could only have come from Mary, he claims. He argues feminine words in the scripture give away the true author.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BEATITUDES, 03-27-14

    03/27/2014 7:49:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-27-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:BEATITUDES The promises of happiness made by Christ to those who faithfully accept his teaching and follow his divine example. Preached in the Sermon on the Mount, they are recorded in St. Matthew (5:3-11) and in St. Luke (6:20-22).?26? In Matthew there are eight (or nine) blessings of a spiritual nature, applicable to all Christians; in Luke there are four blessings of a more external character, addressed to the disciples. Luke's version also includes four maledictions threatened on those who do the opposite. In both versions, the beatitudes are expressions of the New Covenant, where happiness...
  • "The Day Is Coming" (Sermon on Malachi 4:1-6; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-28)

    11/16/2013 7:55:01 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 17, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Day Is Coming” (Malachi 4:1-6; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-28)“The Day Is Coming.” “The Day Is Surely Drawing Near.” What day am I talking about? Thanksgiving? No, nobody cares much about Thanksgiving anymore, except for eating turkey and watching football and getting a head start on . . . Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday, the big shopping day of the season--now that’s a day that lots of people get excited about! But no, that’s not the day I’m talking about. Oh, OK then, Christmas, that must be it. Only 37 shopping days left till Christmas! The...
  • "The God of the Living and the Sons of the Resurrection" (Sermon on Luke 20:27-40)

    11/09/2013 9:03:28 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 10, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The God of the Living and the Sons of the Resurrection” (Luke 20:27-40)In these days of November, as we near the end of the church year, our thoughts turn to the end times, the return of Christ, and, as we just confessed in the Creed, “the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.” Our Scripture readings during these weeks reflect this emphasis. So it is with our lessons today. In particular, I want to direct our attention this morning to the Holy Gospel for today, from Luke 20, where Jesus speaks of “The God of the Living and the...
  • "A Parable of Persistent Prayer" (Sermon on Luke 18:1-8)

    10/19/2013 7:13:48 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 20, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Parable of Persistent Prayer” (Luke 18:1-8)The parable Jesus tells in the Holy Gospel for today, from Luke 18, is traditionally called the Parable of the Importunate Widow. “Importunate” is an old-timey kind of word. It means “persistent in making a request,” even to the point of becoming something of a bother. And that would describe the widow portrayed in this parable. She was importunate. She was persistent in her seeking justice from an unjust judge. And Jesus is saying, through this parable, that this is how we in the church should be--importunate, persistent. Thus our text today is “A...
  • "Mercy for the Marginalized" (Sermon on Luke 17:11-19)

    10/12/2013 8:01:55 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 13, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Mercy for the Marginalized” (Luke 17:11-19)The Holy Gospel for today from Luke 17, about the cleansing of the lepers, happens to be the assigned Gospel for the Day of Thanksgiving. And that makes sense. Jesus’ words about the one who came back to give thanks make it a natural for that occasion. But this text also shows up as a regular Sunday reading during the three-year lectionary, and thus it appears today. So this morning we’ll take a slightly different approach to this text than we would on Thanksgiving. Today we’ll emphasize the text’s theme of “Mercy for the Marginalized.”...
  • "Faith for Living in Community" (Sermon on Luke 17:1-10)

    10/05/2013 5:21:48 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 6, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Faith for Living in Community” (Luke 17:1-10)In our Gospel reading for today, from Luke 17, Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem, and he is giving instructions to his disciples. At first glance it may seem like these are just several disconnected sayings strung together rather loosely. First there’s something about woe to anyone who causes a person to sin. Then there’s something about forgiving your brother. Then there’s a request about increasing our faith and Jesus’ response about faith like a mustard seed. And then there’s something about unworthy servants who only do their duty. Now all this could...
  • "Managing the Master's Money" (Sermon on Luke 16:1-15)

    09/21/2013 12:23:45 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 18 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 22, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Managing the Master’s Money” (Luke 16:1-15)Do you remember the name Bernie Madoff? He was in the news a few years back. Bernie Madoff was the investment-firm guy, the money manager, who, over the years, defrauded his wealthy clients out of billions of dollars--that’s “billions” with a “b.” Madoff made off with billions--for a while, at least. He finally was caught, and he’s in the jailhouse now, awaiting his release in the year 2159, when he will be 221 years old. But Bernie Madoff had to have been a rather shrewd character, he must have had something on the ball, to...
  • "The Great Reversal: The Humble Exalted" (Sermon on Luke 14:1-14)

    08/31/2013 7:23:51 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 31, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Great Reversal: The Humble Exalted” (Luke 14:1-14)Up is down, and down is up, in the kingdom of God. Or so it seems sometimes. Actually, the kingdom of God is all about turning things rightside-up. It’s just that rightside-up may look upside-down from our cockeyed perspective. From God’s perspective, though, the way things are in his kingdom is just right, the way things ought to be. Such is the case with our text for today, the teaching of Jesus that we find in Luke 14. Here Jesus makes one of his many paradoxical statements, which he seems to do all...
  • "Strive to Enter through the Narrow Door" (Sermon on Luke 13:22-30)

    08/24/2013 2:58:30 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 25, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Strive to Enter through the Narrow Door” (Luke 13:22-30)Do you ever wonder about who all will be saved? When people die, and when this world comes to an end, how many will make it into heaven? How many will end up in hell? And on what basis? “Pastor, what about people who did the best they could? What about people who never heard the gospel, like in Borneo or Papua New Guinea? Will they get in? If they don’t, how is that fair? What kind of a God would send anybody to hell? If that’s the God of the Bible,...
  • "The Lawyer and the Good Samaritan" (Sermon on Luke 10:25-37)

    07/13/2013 7:53:01 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 14, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Lawyer and the Good Samaritan” (Luke 10:25-37)Our text today is one of the most familiar and well loved of Jesus’ many parables. It’s the story of the Good Samaritan. But really, we could call it the story of “The Lawyer and the Good Samaritan.” You see, there’s something that happens that prompts Jesus to tell the parable of the Good Samaritan. It’s a little exchange that Jesus has with a lawyer in the crowd: “And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, ‘Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to...
  • "O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken?" (Sermon for Good Friday, on Luke 23:1-56)

    03/29/2013 10:49:47 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 29, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken?” (Luke 23:1-56)“O Dearest Jesus, What Law Hast Thou Broken?” Short answer: None. But then why all this pain and sorrow and death on this day when Jesus is sentenced and crucified and buried? What could possibly be good about this Good Friday? The hymn we sang will lead us into the answers. O dearest Jesus, what law hast Thou broken That such sharp sentence should on Thee be spoken? Of what great crime hast Thou to make confession, What dark transgression? These, of course, are rhetorical questions. The expected answer is obviously...
  • "The New Covenant in My Blood" (Sermon for Holy Thursday, on Luke 22:7-20)

    03/28/2013 2:13:35 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 28, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The New Covenant in My Blood” (Luke 22:7-20)“This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” So said Jesus on this night, this night on which he was betrayed, this Holy Thursday when he instituted the Blessed Sacrament of his Body and Blood. “The New Covenant in My Blood”: What does Jesus mean by that? This is our theme for this evening. The first thing we ought to clear up is this word “covenant.” It’s not a word we use every day. What is a covenant? Simply put, a covenant refers to a solemn...
  • "From Palms to Passion" (Sermon for Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion, on Luke 19 and 22–23)

    03/25/2013 1:03:11 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 24, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “From Palms to Passion” (Luke 19:28-40; 22:1 – 23:56)Today is a day that goes by two names. The one 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 to indicate victory and triumph. Palms to symbolize success and long life. And so on Palm Sunday Jesus is hailed as the messianic King of Israel, coming to Jerusalem to establish his reign: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of...
  • "The Joy of Zacchaeus" (Sermon on Luke 19:1-10)

    03/19/2013 9:22:34 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 20, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Joy of Zacchaeus” (Luke 19:1-10)The story of Zacchaeus is a very famous and familiar story in the Bible. Most of us probably remember it from our Sunday School lessons and from that children’s song we all learned. You know the one I’m talking about. It goes like this: Zacchaeus was a wee little man, A wee little man was he; He climbed up in a sycamore tree, For the Lord he wanted to see. And when the Savior passed that way, He looked up in the tree, And he said, “Zacchaeus, you come down from there! For I’m going...
  • "What Will the Owner of the Vineyard Do?" (Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, on Luke 20:9-20)

    03/16/2013 7:05:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 17, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “What Will the Owner of the Vineyard Do?” (Luke 20:9-20)In the Holy Gospel for today, from Luke 20, Jesus tells a parable. It’s the Parable of the Tenants, also called the Parable of the Vineyard. It goes like this: Some tenant farmers are supposed to take care of a vineyard for its owner, but instead they take over the vineyard for themselves. They beat and mistreat the servants whom the vineyard owner sends to them, and they even kill the owner’s son. Jesus then asks the question, “What then will the owner of the vineyard do?” Well, let’s find out....
  • "The Joy of Jesus" (Sermon on Luke 10:21-24)

    03/13/2013 9:16:07 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 13, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Joy of Jesus” (Luke 10:21-24)Our theme for this midweek Lenten series is “A Little Lenten Lukan Joy.” We’ve been looking at the passages in the Gospel of Luke where the words “joy” or “rejoice” occur. And in most of those places, we find the people around Jesus rejoicing, or they are told by Jesus to rejoice. For instance, when we talked about “The Joy of Christmas,” we saw that the people around Jesus were rejoicing as they anticipated or heard about his birth. John the Baptist, even before his own birth, leaped for joy in his mother’s womb when...
  • "The Lost Boys" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, on Luke 15:1-3, 11-32)

    03/09/2013 6:36:57 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 8 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 10, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Lost Boys” (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32)Gather round, and today I’ll tell you the story of “The Lost Boys.” No, not the Lost Boys from Peter Pan. This is a different story. It’s a story that Jesus tells, actually. It’s the tale of two boys that get lost. They get separated from their father, through their own stupidity and pig-headedness, and yet their father is very gracious and kind toward them, patient beyond all measure, and he wants to welcome them back with open arms. “Oh, wait a minute, Pastor! Aren’t you talking about the parable of the Prodigal Son? That’s...
  • "Jesus' Take on Mass Tragedies: 'Repent or Perish'" (Sermon for Third Sunday in Lent; Luke 13:1-9)

    03/01/2013 7:58:44 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 8 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 3, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Jesus’ Take on Mass Tragedies: ‘Repent or Perish’” (Luke 13:1-9)Whenever there’s a mass tragedy in the news--a building collapse or a mass murder, for instance—it’s become customary in our society to get opinions and comments from various high-profile individuals, celebrities or influential public figures. That’s what happens in our culture now, and it’s also what we see going on in Jesus’ time. In the Gospel reading for today, from Luke 13, some people ask Jesus for his views on a great tragedy that has just taken place, the mass murder of some Galileans at the temple in Jerusalem. They were...
  • "The Joy of Persecution" (Sermon on Luke 6:20-36)

    02/26/2013 9:24:29 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 27, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Joy of Persecution” (Luke 6:20-36)Two weeks ago, on Ash Wednesday, we started this series on “A Little Lenten Lukan Joy.” And you may have thought that the theme that night, “The Joy of Repentance,” was a little strange. What does joy have to do with repentance? Well, if you thought that was strange, then tonight’s message will strike you as very strange. It’s called “The Joy of Persecution.” “‘The Joy of Persecution’? What joy can there be in being persecuted?” Well, don’t blame me for that idea. I didn’t come up it. It’s Jesus’ idea. He’s the one who...
  • "A Man on a Mission, a Man of Compassion" (Sermon for the Second Sunday in Lent, on Luke 13:31-35)

    02/23/2013 6:57:27 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 24, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Man on a Mission, a Man of Compassion” (Luke 13:31-35)In the Holy Gospel for today, we see two aspects of Jesus’ character come to the forefront: 1) He is a man on a mission. And 2) He is a man of compassion. And in both aspects, both his mission and his compassion, Jesus’ focus today is on Jerusalem. Let’s find out what all of this has to do with us. First, Jesus is a man on a mission. That comes through loud and clear in the first half of our text, where it says: “At that very hour some...
  • "The Joy of Christmas" (Sermon on Luke 1:39-56 and 2:1-14)

    02/21/2013 4:12:16 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 20, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Joy of Christmas” (Luke 1:39-56; 2:1-14)Our theme for our midweek Lenten services this year is “A Little Lenten Lukan Joy.” What we’re doing is going through the Gospel of Luke and tracing the motif of joy that runs through the book. Now a series on joy may seem odd to do during Lent, but really it’s not. Lent is a penitential season, yes, but, as we noted last week, repentance leads to joy. They’re two sides of the same coin, really. That is the premise for this whole series, namely, that when God calls us to repent--as he does...
  • "One Little Word" (Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent, on Luke 4:1-13)

    02/16/2013 10:43:18 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 17, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “One Little Word” (Luke 4:1-13)The incident in today’s Gospel, the temptation of Jesus, occurs early in his ministry. In fact, it happens more or less right away, even before he begins his public preaching and teaching. It was immediately after his baptism that the Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness. For forty days he was out there, fasting in that harsh and lonely terrain. Now if you know your Bible you know that Jesus here is replaying the experience of ancient Israel, when they wandered in the wilderness for forty years. Jesus is, in a sense, Israel reduced to one,...
  • "The Joy of Repentance" (Sermon for Ash Wednesday, on Luke 15:1-10)

    02/13/2013 8:43:25 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 13, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Joy of Repentance” (Luke 15:1-10)Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent. And today we begin a series of six midweek services under the theme, “A Little Lenten Lukan Joy.” Let me explain. This year in the church’s three-year lectionary is “The Year of St. Luke.” That means for most of the services in this current church year the Holy Gospel will be one appointed from Luke’s gospel. And so we’re really focusing in on this particular book this year. In our Bible class, we’re doing an in-depth study of the Gospel of Luke. Most...
  • "His Word Possessed Authority" (Sermon on Luke 4:31-44)

    02/02/2013 11:53:16 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 3, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “His Word Possessed Authority” (Luke 4:31-44)In today’s Gospel, we catch a glimpse of what the public ministry of Jesus was like. We follow Jesus on what might have been a fairly typical day for him, a very busy day at that. We see Jesus engaged in various ministry activities: teaching, exorcising, healing, and preaching. And the common denominator that runs through these activities? I think we can see it in a little verse from our text: “His word possessed authority.” “His Word Possessed Authority”: in his teaching, in his casting out demons, in his healing the sick, and in his...
  • "Today This Scripture Is Fulfilled in Your Hearing" (Sermon on Luke 4:16-30)

    01/26/2013 2:40:32 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 27, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Today This Scripture Is Fulfilled in Your Hearing” (Luke 4:16-30)The Holy Gospel for today is the account of Jesus at the Nazareth synagogue, right as he was starting his public ministry. Jesus gets up to read one of the lessons. He unrolls the scroll of the prophet Isaiah, and he reads this passage from Isaiah 61: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are...