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  • "Astonishing Wisdom, Astonishing Works, Astonishing Unbelief" (Sermon on Mark 6:1-13)

    07/07/2012 2:44:15 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies ^ | July 8, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Astonishing Wisdom, Astonishing Works, Astonishing Unbelief” (Mark 6:1-13)What was the last astonishing, amazing thing you’ve seen or heard about that caused you to marvel? Something jaw-dropping, eye-popping astonishing. Was it video of the tsunami in Japan last year? That was amazing. Was it the convoluted reasoning behind how a federal mandate can be considered a “tax”? That strained credulity. Or maybe it was something positive. A double rainbow can be an amazing sight. Well, frankly, at this point, rain--any rain would be astonishing! But if you want to know something that is truly amazing, there are three astonishing things we...
  • Twelve Step recovery from the ELCA

    07/01/2012 10:06:22 AM PDT · by lightman · 15 replies
    ALPB Frrum ^ | 1 July AD 2012 | Chalres Austin
    Or how about 12 steps for ELCA dissenters? (With some apologies to my friends who are in recovery, knowing they will not take offense.) 1. We admitted that we were powerless over ELCA Assemblies and our churches had become unmanageable. 2. We came to believe that a power outside the ELCA could restore us to orthodoxy. 3. We made a decision to turn our lives over to the care of this power as we understood it, whether it be NALC or LCMC. 4. We made a searching and fearless inventory of our constitutions, looking for escape clauses. 5. We admitted...
  • "It's a Gift!" (Sermon on 2 Corinthians 8:1-9, 13-15)

    06/30/2012 6:27:57 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies ^ | July 1, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “It’s a Gift!” (2 Corinthians 8:1-9, 13-15)There was a lot of talk this past week about how the federal government can force you to buy a product that maybe you don’t want to buy, and they do that by extracting money from you if you don’t comply. But what do we call that? Is it a “mandate”? Is it a “penalty”? Is it a “fine”? No, the Supreme Court ruled, it’s a “tax.” Well, whether you call it a mandate, a penalty, a fine, or a tax, it still is a matter of compulsion and coercion and force. That’s how...
  • Missouri Synod Lutheran Statement in Response to Obamacare Ruling

    06/28/2012 4:29:26 PM PDT · by T Baden · 14 replies
    LCMS President Issues Statement in Response to U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care Reform Legislation ST. LOUIS, June 28, 2012—In response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling today to largely let stand the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, issued the following statement: “In light of today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), we remain opposed to the controversial birth control mandate, which is one of the requirements included in the law. “The Court’s...
  • Everlasting Extras: Gay "Marriage"

    06/25/2012 5:25:47 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    Worldview Everlasting ^ | 5-10-2011 | Jonathan Fisk
  • "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 ^ | 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...
  • "Open Letter on Religious Freedom" (Religious leaders protest HHS mandate)

    06/21/2012 5:27:16 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies ^ | June 21, 2012 | 25 religious leaders, plus cover letter by LCMS President Harrison
    FREE EXERCISE OF RELIGION:Putting Beliefs into PracticeAn Open Letter from Religious Leaders in the United States to All Americans Dear Friends, Religious institutions are established because of religious beliefs and convictions. Such institutions include not only churches, synagogues, mosques, and other places of worship, but also schools and colleges, shelters and community kitchens, adoption agencies and hospitals, organizations that provide care and services during natural disasters, and countless other organizations that exist to put specific religious beliefs into practice. Many such organizations have provided services and care to both members and non-members of their religious communities since before the Revolutionary...
  • Lutherans Concerned/North America Becomes ReconcilingWorks

    06/21/2012 4:47:41 AM PDT · by lightman · 14 replies
    American Lutheran Publicity Bureau ^ | 12 June AD 2012 | Emily Eastwood
    Lutherans Concerned/North America Becomes ReconcilingWorks It's a new day and we have a new name!! For decades we've worked among Lutherans for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the life of the church. In 2009, a major milestone was achieved when the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to allow ministers in lifelong, same-gender relationships to serve in the church. In 2011, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada established policies that permit the legal marriage or blessing of same-gender couples and that sexual orientation is not an impediment to ordination. But, the work for...
  • Lutheran Missouri Synod's Minnesota southern district supports marriage amendment

    06/19/2012 8:58:04 AM PDT · by rhema · 11 replies
    The Minnesota South District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod voted at its convention in St. Paul late last week to support the state's proposed marriage amendment. The district includes 245 congregations in the Twin Cities and southern half of Minnesota. Clergy and lay representatives approved a resolution affirming marriage as the union of a man and woman and were encouraged to support the proposed amendment on Nov. 6 that would add that definition to the state's constitution, according to a news release from church officials. The Minnesota North District approved a similar resolution in April. The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is...
  • "From Earthly Tent to Heavenly Home" (Sermon on 2 Corinthians 4:13 – 5:10)

    06/16/2012 8:57:49 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | June 17, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “From Earthly Tent to Heavenly Home” (2 Corinthians 4:13 – 5:10)What happens to us Christians when we die? And what will happen to us after that? And how will all that be different from what we’re experiencing now? These are questions that St. Paul gets at in our text for today, where I’ve combined last week’s Epistle reading from 2 Corinthians chapter 4 and this week’s reading from chapter 5. Since this pertains to all of us, as well as to our loved ones who die in the Lord, it’s good that we listen to what God’s word has to...
  • Protestant church in Germany completely split by homosexuality

    06/16/2012 1:08:10 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 4 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 15 June 2012 | Cathcon
    The controversy in Saxony on homosexual partnerships in the rectory escalates. The Protestant Lutheran Church of Saxony has suspended the evangelist and songwriter Lutz Scheufler (Waldenburg) on 13 June from office. This was confirmed by the spokesman of the Church, Matthias Oelke (Dresden) at the request of the Evangelical News Agency, idea. Scheufler had declared together with seven other members of the evangelism team of Saxony that they no longer recognised the spiritual direction of the Church of Saxony governing bodies. Moreover, he called for the convocation of a Confessional Synod.
  • The Episcopal Church and Anglican Church in North America Vie for Ecumenical Partners

    06/13/2012 9:58:37 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    VirtueOmline ^ | 6/12/12 | David W. Virtue in Ridgecrest, NC
    The Episcopal Church (TEC) and the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) are vying for ecumenical partners as each jockeys for recognition by the wider Christian community. TEC recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Episcopal-Lutheran Concordat wherein the Episcopal Church USA and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) entered into full Communion. While this was initially met with much enthusiasm and idealism in the hope that the two denominations would usher in a new era of inter-denominational cooperation, the occasion went mostly unnoticed. In February of this year, the Northern and Southern Provinces of the Moravian Church in...
  • "Plundering the Strong Man's House" (Sermon on Mark 3:20-35)

    06/09/2012 3:29:48 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | June 10, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Plundering the Strong Man’s House” (Mark 3:20-35)Do you know you have an enemy that’s out to get you? No, I’m not talking about the IRS, or the mortgage company, or your ex-wife, or your next-door neighbor who plays the stereo too loud and whose dog gets in your garden. They may be enemies of a lesser sort, but that’s not who I’m talking about. The enemy to whom I refer is none other than Satan. That’s right. Satan. The devil. The “old evil foe” who “now means deadly woe.” He is your arch-enemy, and he’s out to get you. He...
  • Denmark forces churches to perform same-sex ‘marriages’

    06/07/2012 3:18:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 7, 2012 | BEN JOHNSON
    COPENHAGEN, DENMARK, June 7, 2012, ( –  The nation of Denmark has voted to force churches in the established Evangelical Lutheran Church to perform same-sex “marriage” ceremonies inside their sanctuaries, although one-third of all the denomination’s priests say they will not participate in such rituals. Danish parliament voted by an overwhelming 85-24 margin to compel churches to carry out unions for same-sex couples that are identical to heterosexual marriage celebrations. The law takes effect June 15. Since 1997, homosexuals have been able to get “married” in a blessing ceremony after the normal church service. Under the new law, priests may...
  • "Born of Water and the Spirit" (Sermon for the Holy Trinity, on John 3:1-17)

    06/02/2012 6:08:20 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies ^ | June 3, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Born of Water and the Spirit” (John 3:1-17)Do you know what day your birthday is? I do. My birthday is September 10. “What?” you say. “Pastor, I thought your birthday was in March.” Oh, you mean that birthday! Yeah, that birthday was March 7. But my other birthday, my re-birthday, was on September 10 of the same year. That was the day I was baptized. The first birthday was my birth according to the flesh. The second birthday, the day of my baptism, was my rebirth according to the Spirit. And, like me, what you really need is that baptismal...
  • "Spirit, Breath, Wind: The Lord and Giver of Life" (Sermon for the Day of Pentecost)

    05/26/2012 8:24:57 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | May 27, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Spirit, Breath, Wind: The Lord and Giver of Life” (Ezekiel 37:1-14; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15; Acts 2:1-21)Today is the Day of Pentecost, a day when we call special attention to the person and work of the Holy Spirit. That is what I would like to do now, using as our theme a phrase we just spoke in the Nicene Creed, where we called the Holy Spirit “The Lord and Giver of Life.” Life--this is what the Holy Spirit is all about, giving us life. The Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, gives life to dead people. The Holy Spirit...
  • "Sanctified in the Word of Truth" (Sermon for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, on John 17 and 1 John 5)

    05/19/2012 7:54:25 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | May 20, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Sanctified in the Word of Truth” (John 17:11b-19; 1 John 5:9-15)In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus prays for his disciples--he prays for all believers, he prays for his church--he prays for us, here in this time between his ascension and his return. And one of the things Jesus prays for us is this, where he says to the Father: “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” “Sanctified in the Word of Truth.” Let’s find out what that means for us now. The prayer that Jesus prays in John 17 is often called his “High Priestly Prayer.” Jesus is coming...
  • "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 ^ | 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...
  • "A Place for Jim" (Funeral sermon on John 14:1-6)

    05/17/2012 12:16:08 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies ^ | May 17, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Place for Jim” (John 14:1-6)When someone we love leaves us, it can be very painful for us. Our heart aches. That person we know and love is no longer with us, and we miss him. That’s what we’re experiencing now with our brother Jim. We miss him now, and we will continue to miss him. Husband, father, friend, fellow church member--Jim Stewart was someone we got to know, and we liked him, and now he won’t be around anymore to share our company. That hurts, and understandably so. Even when we had months to get ready for this week--we...
  • "All You Need Is Love" (Sermon for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, on 1 John 5:1-8 and John 15:9-17)

    05/12/2012 11:44:46 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | May 13, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “All You Need Is Love” (1 John 5:1-8; John 15:9-17)“All you need is love. Love is all you need.” No, I’m not quoting John the Beatle. I’m quoting John the Apostle, or at least I’m paraphrasing him. Yes, John--that John, St. John--talked about love a lot. And he’s doing it again today, both in the Epistle reading from 1 John and in the Gospel of John. Basically, John is saying today, “All You Need Is Love.” Listen first to John’s first epistle: “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the...