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  • "Ears Opened, Tongue Loosed: Now What?" (Sermon on James 3:1-12; Isaiah 50:4-10)

    09/15/2018 9:40:07 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 16, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Ears Opened, Tongue Loosed: Now What?” (James 3:1-12; Isaiah 50:4-10) In today’s Gospel, Jesus heals a boy who was deaf and mute. In last week’s Gospel, Jesus healed a man who was deaf and mute. The man’s ears were opened and his tongue was loosed. And the crowd said about Jesus, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” Now not one of us here is either deaf or mute. Some of us may be a little hard of hearing, but at least we can hear. And none of us is mute....
  • "Jesus' Sign Language" (Sermon on Mark 7:31-37)

    09/08/2018 12:59:37 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 9, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Jesus’ Sign Language” (Mark 7:31-37) How do you speak to a deaf man? With sign language, of course. You make the appropriate gestures and actions to communicate the message you want to convey. And that is what Jesus does to communicate with a deaf man who is brought to him. He uses sign language, of sorts, to get his message across. But in so doing, and then in actually healing the man, Jesus is also using sign language to send a message to us. And so now let’s read “Jesus’ Sign Language.” Our text is the Holy Gospel, from Mark...
  • "Life in the Combat Zone" (Sermon on Ephesians 6:10-20)

    09/01/2018 6:00:55 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 2, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Life in the Combat Zone” (Ephesians 6:10-20) Have you ever been in a combat zone? I mean, a real, live, active combat zone. A place where bullets are whizzing past your head and explosive devices are ready to take your leg off. That’s a combat zone, and it’s a very dangerous place to be. You could be killed or wounded at any moment. Making it out of there alive is a very precarious proposition. Well, guess what? You are in a combat zone, whether you realize it or not. Every Christian is. It comes with the territory. The battle is...
  • "The Most Hated Verse in the Bible" (Sermon on Ephesians 5:22-33)

    08/25/2018 3:48:38 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 31 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 26, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Most Hated Verse in the Bible” (Ephesians 5:22-33) A couple of weeks ago I ran across an article on my news feed with the headline: “North Carolina GOP Candidate Preached Extensively on. . . .” Now I’ll tell you in a moment what he preached extensively on, but first let me give you an idea why this was even a story. You see, there’s a candidate in North Caroline running for Congress, and he used to be the pastor of a church. And of course his opponent and those who are backing him are looking for any dirt they...
  • "From Darkness to Light" (Sermon on Ephesians 5:6-21)

    08/18/2018 7:57:05 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 19, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “From Darkness to Light” (Ephesians 5:6-21)Have you ever come out of a really dark room into a bright, sunlit area? It takes a few moments to get used to, doesn’t it? Your eyes have to adjust to the new reality. But once they do, you have so much a better view of what’s around you and in front of you. No longer are you stumbling around in the dark, bumping into things. Now you can see clearly where to walk, what’s the right way to go. Well, that’s kind of how it is for us as Christians. We have come...
  • Pastor faces eviction for hosting home Bible study

    08/16/2018 9:21:59 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 17 replies
    Zloto News ^ | 08/16/2018 | ZlotoNews
    A semi-retired Lutheran minister in Fredericksburg, Virginia faces the possibility of being evicted from a senior living community because he’s been hosting a small Bible study in the privacy of his apartment, his attorney alleges. First Liberty Institute, a law firm that specializes in religious liberty cases, is representing Pastor Ken Hauge. The pastor has accused the management of The Evergreens at Smith Run of a pattern of verbal abuse and harassment directed at Christians who live in the complex. “The threat of eviction follows repeated religious discrimination by The Evergreens management, including forcing Hauge to refer to his event...
  • "Put off the Old, Put on the New" (Sermon on Ephesians 4:17 - 5:2)

    08/11/2018 7:22:43 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 12, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Put off the Old, Put on the New” (Ephesians 4:17 - 5:2) “Clothes make the man.” I’m sure many of you have heard that old saying. “Clothes make the man.” The idea is that how you dress will affect how people perceive you--and maybe also how you perceive yourself. If you dress shabbily, in dingy, dirty old clothes, you will be perceived one way. If you dress your best, you will convey a different impression. “Clothes make the man.” Likewise, it’s a good idea to dress appropriate to who you are. If you’re a pastor, a clerical shirt is appropriate...
  • The Surprising Ingredient Grandma Used For Unbeatable Coffee

    08/11/2018 2:57:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    MSN Lifestyle ^ | August 11, 2018 | Lauren Cahn
    If your family's from the Midwest (especially Wisconsin or Minnesota, both of which have a significant Scandinavian-rooted population), you might remember your grandma boiling up big, big batches of what she called Scandinavian coffee (or perhaps Norwegian or Swedish coffee, if she wanted to get specific). If she was making it for a church get-together, she might have called it church basement coffee and brought along one of these heavenly potluck dishes. But what was that secret-ingredient coffee that Gran made? If you peeked in the percolator, you might have seen it. The secret ingredient in Scandinavian coffee Eggs! They...
  • "Unity and Growth in the Body of Christ" (Sermon on Ephesians 4:1-16)

    08/04/2018 8:27:44 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 5, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Unity and Growth in the Body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:1-16) Our text today is the Epistle, from Ephesians 4. We are now entering the second half of Ephesians. In the first half, St. Paul laid down the foundation of our life in Christ, that God has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing, according to the riches of his grace. Now in the second half, Paul moves into the practical implications of this for our life together as church and our life as individual Christians. Today’s text emphasizes the churchly dimension of our life together, that we walk together...
  • Liberal Lutherans Doubling Down

    07/30/2018 9:00:28 AM PDT · by NRx · 22 replies
    Juicy Ecumenism ^ | 07-29-2018 | Mark Tooley
    Over the last reporting decade the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has lost more than 1 million members or 25% of membership, now down to 3.5 million, from 4.7 million ten years ago. At this rate of decline the denomination won’t exist in 30 years or so. Newly elected ELCA bishops might be expected to address this existential crisis with fresh eyes and energy. But a recent Religion Service News interview, capably conducted by Emily McFarlan Miller, with six new women bishops shows no such interest. Instead, they seem determined to double down on the heterodox theology and political...
  • "A Windstorm on the Lake" (Sermon on Mark 6:45-56)

    07/28/2018 6:57:59 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 29, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Windstorm on the Lake” (Mark 6:45-56)It’s a peaceful evening, and you get into the boat, along with a bunch of other people. You start out across the lake, and everything is going fine. Then suddenly a strong wind whips up from out of nowhere, and everything changes. The windstorm is whipping up the waves, and the boat is really struggling to make any progress. In fact, the situation is becoming downright dangerous. The wind is against you. The boat is in serious danger of sinking and taking everyone down with it. Will you make it to shore? It doesn’t...
  • "From What We Were to What We Are" (Sermon on Ephesians 2:11-22)

    07/21/2018 9:55:40 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 22, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “From What We Were to What We Are” (Ephesians 2:11-22) From rags to riches. From the outhouse to the penthouse. From worst to first. These are different sayings we have to express a big change, a big contrast, between the way somebody was and the way they are now. There’s some big contrast involved between the former miserable situation and the current excellent one. And, dear friends, that’s the way it is for us, because there has been a major change, a huge contrast, between our former status and our current one. And so our theme this morning: “From What...
  • "Chosen by God, Redeemed in Christ, Sealed with the Spirit" (Sermon on Ephesians 1:3-14)

    07/14/2018 6:51:52 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 15, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Chosen by God, Redeemed in Christ, Sealed with the Spirit” (Ephesians 1:3-14) Our Epistle reading today is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. In fact, this is the first of eight straight Sundays when the Epistle comes from Ephesians. And during this time, we’re studying Ephesians for our Bible class. I encourage you to stay after service for that. So this is an opportunity for you to dive in to this epistle and really explore it in depth. You may also want to read through Ephesians, perhaps even in one sitting--it’s only six chapters long--perhaps several times over the...
  • "Power Made Perfect in Weakness" (Sermon on 2 Corinthians 12:1-10)

    07/07/2018 10:03:11 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 8, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Power Made Perfect in Weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:1-10) The words that engage our attention this morning and that will bring comfort to our souls are these verses from our Epistle reading, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, where St. Paul writes: “But he [the Lord] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am...
  • "Daughters Delivered from Death and Disease" (Sermon on Mark 5:21-43)

    06/30/2018 8:03:25 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 17 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 1, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Daughters Delivered from Death and Disease” (Mark 5:21-43) Our text today is the Holy Gospel from Mark 6, the account of Jesus healing the woman with the flow of blood and raising Jairus’s daughter from the dead. Today we will look at this text under the theme, “Daughters Delivered from Death and Disease.” “Daughters,” plural. For we see not one but two daughters in this text. One of them is fairly obvious. It’s the young girl we all know as “Jairus’s daughter.” She is the one delivered from death. The other daughter we don’t normally think of as a daughter,...
  • "The Nativity of St. John the Baptist: Born to Forerun" (Sermon on Luke 1:57-80)

    06/23/2018 8:28:32 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 24, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Nativity of St. John the Baptist: Born to Forerun” (Luke 1:57-80) Last week I opened the sermon by saying that we are in the “long green meadow” of the church year, that is, the non-festival half of the church year, when the liturgical color is green. But then, here we are today, and the color of the paraments is white! What gives? Well, today is a little exception to that rule, because today, June 24, is one of the more important of the minor festivals, and it happens to fall on a Sunday this year. Today is the day...
  • "How Does Your Garden Grow?" (Sermon on Mark 4:26-34)

    06/16/2018 4:10:12 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 17, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “How Does Your Garden Grow?” (Mark 4:26-34)It’s June, and everything is green. We’re in the growing season, and everywhere you look, you see the signs of growth. It’s green all around. Oh wait, you thought I was talking about outside! No, I’m talking about in here, in the church! It’s growing season now, and everything is green. Look at the green paraments on the altar, on the lectern and the pulpit, and the green banners on the wall. Green is the color of growth, and it’s the primary color for this “Season after Pentecost.” This non-festival half of the church...
  • "The Gospel in the Garden" (Sermon on Genesis 3:8-15)

    06/09/2018 10:49:18 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 13, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Gospel in the Garden” (Genesis 3:8-15) Did you know you have an adversary out to get you? A very strong adversary, too strong for you to handle on your own? You do. He’s out to get you, to destroy you, body and soul. And you would be powerless to overcome him on your own. You need help--big help, the kind only God can provide. Or else you would be lost, damned and condemned forever. You need this help day by day, every day, for your enemy will never give up on trying to take you down. But the good...
  • "In the Presence of the Holy God" (Sermon for the Holy Trinity, on Isaiah 6:1-8)

    05/26/2018 6:26:29 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 27, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “In the Presence of the Holy God” (Isaiah 6:1-8) What would it be like if you knew you were in the presence of the holy God? Try to imagine. Would it be cool, casual, awesome, inspiring, overwhelming? What would your reaction be? “Oh well, just another day in the park. Nothing to see here. Ho hum.” Or maybe you’d think: “Oh wow! I must be pretty special to be given this kind of revelation of God. Yay me!” Or would you be terrified and frightened, shaking in your boots, to be in God’s presence? Well, today on this Holy Trinity...
  • "Tongues for Telling the Mighty Works of God" (Sermon for the Day of Pentecost, on Acts 2:1-21)

    05/19/2018 7:03:09 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 20, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Tongues for Telling the Mighty Works of God” (Acts 2:1-21) It’s the Day of Pentecost. It’s nine o’clock in the morning. And the disciples are together in one place. It was true back then, and it is true today--yes, here, this morning. Back on the Day of Pentecost in the Book of Acts, it was nine o’clock in the morning--“the third hour of the day,” as our text puts it--and the group of disciples was together there in Jerusalem. Now today, on this Day of Pentecost, also at nine o’clock in the morning, this group of disciples is gathered here...