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  • "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...
  • "Christ the Baptized and Baptizer" (Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord, on Luke 3:15-22)

    01/12/2013 3:35:15 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 13, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Christ the Baptized and Baptizer” (Luke 3:15-22)Today in the church year is the Baptism of Our Lord, which we always celebrate on this, the First Sunday after the Epiphany. The Baptism of Our Lord is that auspicious occasion when our Lord Jesus Christ, as he was about to start his public ministry, was baptized by John in the Jordan, and the Spirit descended on him like a dove, and a voice came from heaven, attesting to Jesus as God’s beloved Son, with whom he is well pleased. And so every year on this day the Holy Gospel is the account...
  • "Simeon's Song: What a Way to Go!" (Sermon for the First Sunday after Christmas, on Luke 2:22-40)

    12/29/2012 7:51:36 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 30, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Simeon’s Song: What a Way to Go!” (Luke 2:22-40)This month we have been spending the Advent and Christmas seasons in the Gospel of Luke. All of our sermons have come from there, particularly from Luke’s so-called “Infancy Narrative,” chapters 1 and 2, dealing with the events surrounding the birth of Christ. We’ve especially been looking at the canticles we find in Luke 1-2, those poetic, psalm-like pieces included there. We’ve looked at three so far: Mary’s song, the Magnificat; Zechariah’s song, the Benedictus; and the song of the Christmas angels, the Gloria in Excelsis. Now today we wrap up this...
  • "The Ripple Effect of Christmas" (Sermon for Christmas Day, on Luke 2:15-20)

    12/25/2012 10:41:02 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 25, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Ripple Effect of Christmas” (Luke 2:15-20)Our text this morning is the second part of the Christmas Gospel we heard last night, that is, Luke 2, reading now verses 15 through 20: “When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.’ And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them...
  • "The Gift, the Announcement, and the Exclamation Mark" (Sermon for Christmas Eve, on Luke 2:1-14)

    12/24/2012 9:56:53 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 24, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Gift, the Announcement, and the Exclamation Mark” (Luke 2:1-14)Suppose I got a Christmas present for you, but I didn’t tell you about it. I didn’t tell you that I had something for you, and I didn’t tell you where you could find it. Well, it could be the greatest Christmas present in the world, but if you never find out what it is or where you can find it, it won’t do you much good. You need me to tell you about it. Well, that’s the way it is with Christmas. God has given us the greatest Christmas present...
  • "A Blessed Visitation" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, on Luke 1:39-45)

    12/22/2012 7:30:14 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 23, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Blessed Visitation” (Luke 1:39-45)It was a meeting of the moms. Two expectant mothers, one old, one young. One was six months along; the other, newly pregnant. And the fact that they were expecting was totally unexpected! Both of them were pregnant when really neither one of them should have been, under normal circumstances. But these circumstances were anything but normal. What was happening was much better than normal. This meeting of the moms was the visitation of Mary to Elizabeth. Elizabeth was the older woman; Mary, the younger. Elizabeth was in her sixth month; Mary’s pregnancy had just started....
  • "Zechariah's Song: The Benedictus" (Sermon on Luke 1:57-80)

    12/19/2012 9:31:04 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 19, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Zechariah’s Song: The Benedictus” (Luke 1:57-80)We continue our Advent journey, heading toward Christmas. So far in Advent, we have seen John the Baptist preparing the way for the Lord, both in his preaching of repentance and then in his unjust suffering. Now today we see John preparing the way for Jesus even in his birth. And John’s father, Zechariah, has a song to sing about this, a song of praise to God for the birth of his son. This poetic piece is called the “Benedictus,” “Benedictus” being the Latin word for “Blessed,” which is how the canticle begins: “Blessed be...
  • "Bear Fruits in Keeping with Repentance" (Sermon for the Second Sunday in Advent, on Luke 3:1-20)

    12/08/2012 5:29:35 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 9, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Bear Fruits in Keeping with Repentance” (Luke 3:1-20)Advent is a penitential season, and every year on this Second Sunday in Advent, John the Baptist shows up, leading the call to repentance. John came to prepare the way of the Lord, and he did so by calling the people to repent, that that is fitting as they get ready to welcome the coming King. And that is precisely what we are doing now during this time of preparation, the penitential season of Advent. As we anticipate the arrival of the Christ, John would have us “Bear Fruits in Keeping with Repentance.”...
  • "The Chronicle of Luke: 'That You May Have Certainty'" (Sermon on Luke 1:1-4)

    12/05/2012 10:00:34 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 5, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Chronicle of Luke: ‘That You May Have Certainty’” (Luke 1:1-4)This past Sunday was the First Sunday in Advent, and thus it was the beginning of a whole new church year. In our congregation, and in thousands of churches all around the world, this is known as “The Year of St. Luke.” You see, in the three-year lectionary, the system of appointed readings that we use, Series A is the Year of St. Matthew--his gospel is the one predominately read throughout that church year. Series B is the Year of St. Mark. And now, starting this week, Series C is...
  • "The King Who Comes in the Name of the Lord" (Sermon for the First Sunday in Advent; Luke 19:28-40)

    12/01/2012 8:45:32 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 2, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The King Who Comes in the Name of the Lord” (Luke 19:28-40)Today is the first day in a brand-new church year. That’s because today is the First Sunday in Advent. The church year begins with the season of Advent, the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, along with their weekdays. Of course, for the world--that is, for the secularized pop culture around us--there is no Advent. For them, there is only Christmas, and their Christmas started way back around--oh, I think it now starts around the day after Halloween. And the world’s version of Christmas has very little to do...
  • "St. John the Baptist: Born to Forerun" (Sermon, The Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Luke 1:57-80)

    06/22/2012 2:07:17 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 24, 2102 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “St. John the Baptist: Born to Forerun” (Luke 1:57-80)Merry Saintjohnthebaptistmas! “What?” you say, “What did he say?” I said, Merry Saintjohnthebaptistmas! You heard me right. If we celebrate Christmas, the birth of Christ, on December 25, then six months before that, which is today, we should celebrate the birth of his predecessor, his forerunner, St. John the Baptist. So, Merry Saintjohnthebaptistmas! Six months out from Christmas. But Christmas is December 25, and today is only June 24, not the 25th. How come we’re celebrating on this day? Well, it’s just a little quirk in the calendar. In the old Roman...
  • "What to Preach and Where to Reach" (Sermon for the Ascension of Our Lord, on Luke 24 and Acts 1)

    05/17/2012 9:02:42 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 17, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “What to Preach and Where to Reach” (Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:1-11)Today is Ascension Day, that glorious day when our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, where he now sits at the right hand of the Father and from where he will come again on the last day. Ascension Day, which occurred forty days after Easter and thus on a Thursday, which is why we always have service on this day of the week at this time of the year. The Ascension of Our Lord is a major festival in the church year, because it marks such a momentous event. Forty...
  • "Thus It Is Written, Fulfilled, and Proclaimed" (Sermon for Third Sunday of Easter; Luke 24:36-49)

    04/21/2012 5:56:51 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 22, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Thus It Is Written, Fulfilled, and Proclaimed” (Luke 24:36-49)Do you want to know what the Bible is all about? Do you want to know what Jesus came to do? Do you want to know what the church’s preaching should emphasize? If so, then I’ve got good news for you. The answers to all three of these questions are given in today’s Gospel reading from Luke 24, specifically, in these verses: “Then Jesus said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses...
  • "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...
  • The birth of Jesus Christ as found in Luke 2:1-20

    12/25/2011 10:10:54 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/25/2011 | Luke
    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...