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  • Lutheran Pastor Defends 'Ethically Sourced Porn,' Wants to Remove 'Shame' From Industry

    11/12/2018 2:18:29 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 75 replies
    The Christian ^ | 11/07/18 | Michael Gryboski
    Lutheran pastor and author Nadia Bolz-Weber has argued that there should be no shame in consuming pornography, especially if it is "ethically sourced." In a recent interview with the New Jersey-based LGBT publication Out In Jersey, Bolz-Weber discussed her upcoming new book on the issue of sexual ethics and the church. In discussing pornography, Bolz-Weber explained that while she recognizes that there are "issues of justice and exploitation within the porn industry," she still does not believe that the "consumption of pornography should be shamed." "There is ethically sourced porn. There are people who say it's sexual immorality, but if...
  • "The Widow's Might" (Sermon on Mark 12:38-44)

    11/10/2018 3:33:40 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 11, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Widow’s Might” (Mark 12:38-44) Our text today is the story known as “The Widow’s Mite.” It’s the story of a poor widow who goes to the temple and puts into the offering box two “small copper coins,” as our translation has it. But the King James Version had as the equivalent for “small copper coins” the old English word “mites.” “She threw in two mites, which make a farthing,” the King James says. Thus the familiar title for this story, “The Widow’s Mite,” m-i-t-e. But today I want to talk to you more about “The Widow’s Might,” m-i-g-h-t. For...
  • "A Caravan of Pilgrims--with Homeland Security!" (Sermon for All Saints' Day, on Hebrews 11:13-16)

    11/02/2018 10:23:12 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 4, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Caravan of Pilgrims--with Homeland Security!” (Sermon for All Saints' Day, on Hebrews 11:13-16) There’s been a lot of talk in the news lately about “the caravan.” I’m referring of course to the migrant caravan working its way up through Mexico, heading for the border with the U.S.A. These are not U.S. citizens. Now many of them may be seeking a better life here in America and have good intentions. But there could also be MS-13 gang members, criminals, drug dealers, terrorists, and others who do not want to enter legally, mixed in the crowd. Therefore, immigration officials and Homeland...
  • "How Do We Get God's Grace?" (Sermon for Reformation Day, on Romans 3:19-28)

    10/27/2018 9:30:52 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 11 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 28, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “How Do We Get God’s Grace?” (Romans 3:19-28) On the last Sunday in October every year, we celebrate Reformation Day. For on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed Ninety-five Theses to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, thus starting the great Reformation of the Christian church. Last year, 2017, was the 500th anniversary of that momentous event, and there were huge celebrations around the world. This year, 2018, is the 501st anniversary, so the occasion is toned down accordingly. But we still have something to celebrate. Indeed, 1517 was just the beginning of the Reformation. Every year now we will...
  • "An Idolatry of Works and Wealth, and the One Thing Lacking" (Sermon on Mark 10:17-22)

    10/13/2018 8:12:51 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 14, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “An Idolatry of Works and Wealth, and the One Thing Lacking” (Mark 10:17-22) In today’s Gospel we meet a man who ran up to Jesus with great eagerness. At the end, though, he went away with great sadness. What happened in between? Our text today is the story of what this man had and what he didn’t have. What he had was an idol. Actually, it was a twofold idolatry. And what he didn’t have was one essential thing. So now let’s find out what his idolatry was and what the one thing he lacked was. And as we do,...
  • "A Citizenship Even Bigger than Texas" (Funeral sermon on Hebrews 11; John 14; Philippians 3)

    10/13/2018 7:01:46 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 13, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Citizenship Even Bigger than Texas” (Hebrews 11:13-16; John 14:1-6; Philippians 3:20-21) His name was “Emerick,” but everybody called him “Tex.” That was our brother Emerick “Tex” Labus. He went by “Tex” for as long as I’ve known him, and that’s been over ten years. Even though he lived here in Missouri for I don’t know how long, people still called him Tex. I guess you can take the boy out of Texas, but you can’t take the Texas out of the boy. I’ve observed over the years that people from Texas are very proud of being from Texas. And...
  • "The Word Is Very Near You" (Sermon on Deuteronomy 30:11-30; Genesis 2:18-25; Mark 10:2-16)

    10/06/2018 8:01:12 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 7, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Word Is Very Near You” (Deuteronomy 30:11-30; Genesis 2:18-25; Mark 10:2-16) In the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses is having a review session with the people of Israel. They’re about to enter the promised land of Canaan, and Moses has some things he wants to go over with them. That’s the Book of Deuteronomy in a nutshell. Moses reviews all that the Lord has done to bring them to this point. How he had brought them out of Egypt, out of their bondage there. How he had provided for them during their wilderness journey, in spite of their grumbling and...
  • "Grumbling on the Way to the Promised Land" (Sermon on Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29)

    09/29/2018 10:14:02 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 30, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Grumbling on the Way to the Promised Land” (Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29) Our text this morning is the Old Testament Reading from Numbers 11. At the start of this text we hear the Israelites grumbling against God and against his servant Moses. It says: “Now the rabble that was among [the children of Israel] had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, ‘Oh that we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now our...
  • "From Selfish Ambition to Humble Service" (Sermon on James 3:13 – 4:10 and Mark 9:30-37)

    09/22/2018 5:29:37 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 23, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “From Selfish Ambition to Humble Service” (James 3:13 – 4:10; Mark 9:30-37) In this long green season of the church year, the non-festival half of the year, the Epistle reading is not chosen to go along with the theme of the Holy Gospel, as it is in the festival half of the year. Instead, it’s just a straight reading-through of a particular epistle. Thus any correlation between the Epistle and Gospel is merely a coincidence. Well, we have such a coincidence today. The Epistle reading from James and the Gospel reading from Mark do have a common theme. It’s the...
  • "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...