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  • "The Real Jesus Is All You Really Need" (John 1:1-18; Ephesians 1:3-14)

    03/21/2018 6:01:43 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies ^ | March 21, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Real Jesus Is All You Really Need” (John 1:1-18; Ephesians 1:3-14) In Sunday morning Bible class, we’re doing a study based on the book, “Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? 12 False Christs.” And in these midweek Lenten services, we’ve been picking up on themes from the book, as well. “Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? 12 False Christs.” The premise of the book is that in our society people come up with false christs to fit their own presuppositions and desires. The real Jesus does not fit their idea of what he should be like, so...
  • Pro-LGBT Lutheran Seminary President Unceremoniously Purged for Leading Ex-Gay Group 17 Years Ago

    03/18/2018 3:12:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03/18/2018 | Tyler O' Neil
    Less than a year after Theresa F. Latini was hired as the first president of United Lutheran Seminary in Pennsylvania last April, she was unceremoniously ousted from the institution of higher learning after news broke that she once led a Christian ministry helping believers overcome same-sex attraction. She left that organization in 2001 and has since sworn off the idea that LGBT people can reject their identities, but that did not save her from ideological cleansing.United Lutheran Seminary (ULS) was formed in 2017, as a merger between two seminaries in Gettysburg and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Latini was named its first...
  • "Set Free to Serve" (Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, on Mark 10:32-45)

    03/17/2018 6:37:34 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | March 18, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Set Free to Serve” (Mark 10:32-45) I want to start out our message today with a little quiz. Multiple-choice. Which of these two statements is true: a) “A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none,” or b) “A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject to all.” Which one is true? Well, this is a trick question. The correct answer is c) “both of the above.” A Christian is both a perfectly free lord of all and a perfectly dutiful servant of all. It was Martin Luther who set forth these two seemingly contradictory...
  • Lutheran seminary president ousted in controversy over past "conversion therapy" work

    03/15/2018 10:06:44 AM PDT · by lightman · 56 replies ^ | 14 March A.D. 2018 | Charles Thompson
    A prominent Lutheran seminary with two campuses in Pennsylvania is having a stormy moment of reckoning over the early-career, "conversion therapy" work by its first-year president. That moment reached a climax at the United Lutheran Seminary Wednesday, with the school's board of trustees voting to end the Rev. Theresa F. Latini's tenure as president. Latini, who answered some questions from PennLive via email Wednesday night, called the board's action unfair. "I have been scapegoated by an historically divided institution resistant to unification," she wrote, "and have been given little chance to respond to the accusations against me." United Lutheran Seminary...
  • "It's a Gift!" (Lenten sermon on Ephesians 2:1-10)

    03/14/2018 2:10:24 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | March 14, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “It’s a Gift!” (Ephesians 2:1-10) You are a Christian. You are saved. You believe in Christ. You are heading for heaven. And in your Christian life, you do good works. Now the question arises: How did all this come about? To what extent does all of this, or any of this, depend on you? The salvation, the faith, the good works: Which parts are a gift, by grace, God’s doing? And which parts are up to us, our doing, our contribution to the equation? That’s what we’re going to explore today. Now these are important questions. A lot can be...
  • "The Gospel on a Pole" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, on John 3:14-21)

    03/10/2018 2:23:46 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 14 replies ^ | March 11, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Gospel on a Pole” (John 3:14-21) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” That, of course, is John 3:16, a verse you all know. Because it sums up the good news of Christ so succinctly, John 3:16 is often called “the gospel in a nutshell.” But today, instead of the nutshell, this morning we’re going to be looking at the verses right before it, what I call, “The Gospel on a Pole.” The gospel on a pole? What’s that? Well, what I’m...
  • "One Option or the Only Way?" (Lenten sermon on John 14:1-6)

    03/07/2018 9:12:00 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | March 7, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “One Option or the Only Way?” (John 14:1-6) We live in an age of religious pluralism. Religious pluralism is the belief that there are a plurality of religions, many religions, that can work. No one religion has a corner on the truth. All religions are equally valid. What really matters is you being a good person, however that is defined. So whatever religion you choose, that is your choice, and that’s fine for you. Your religion is just one option among many equally valid options. All roads lead to heaven. And going along with that idea, then, is this: You...
  • "Weak Power and Foolish Wisdom" (Sermon for the Third Sunday in Lent, on 1 Corinthians 1:18-31)

    03/03/2018 7:06:05 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | March 4, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Weak Power and Foolish Wisdom” (1 Corinthians 1:18-31) Every so often an organization called the American Religious Identification Survey conducts a national survey to find out how Americans are identifying themselves by their religion. And so we have data to compare from complete surveys taken in 1990, 2001, and 2008. In 1990, 86% of Americans identified themselves as some sort of Christian--Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, non-denom, you name it. By 2008, that number had dropped ten points, down to 76%. In 1990, the percentage of the population that said they had no religion was just 8%. By 2008, that number had...
  • "Who Is the Real Jesus?" (Lenten sermon on Matthew 16:13-23)

    02/28/2018 8:33:41 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | February 28, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Who Is the Real Jesus?” (Matthew 16:13-23) In Bible class on Sunday mornings, we just started a study based on the book, “Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?” In this book, the author discusses twelve false christs that are popular in our culture today, but all of which miss the mark. These twelve redefinings of Christ are Jesus as: The Mascot; One Option among Many; The Good Teacher; The Therapist; The Giver of Bling; The National Patriot; The Social Justice Warrior; The Moral Example; The New Moses; The Mystical Friend; The Feminized Jesus; and The Teddy Bear. I encourage...
  • "Passion Prediction, Passion Production" (Sermon, Second Sunday in Lent; Mark 8, Romans 5)

    02/24/2018 3:39:51 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | February 25, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Passion Prediction, Passion Production” (Mark 8:27-38; Romans 5:1-11) Most of you probably remember a movie a few years back called “The Passion of the Christ.” It was about Jesus’ suffering and death. That’s what the word “Passion’ means in that sense, the things that were done to Jesus, his being betrayed, arrested, beaten, crucified, and killed. Well, our Gospel reading today is about the Passion of the Christ, his suffering. To be more precise, it is a prediction of it--the first prediction of his Passion that Jesus makes. In the gospel narrative, the early ministry of Jesus in Galilee leads...
  • "Out of the Water, into the Wilderness" (Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent, on Mark 1:9-15)

    02/17/2018 10:56:52 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | February 18, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Out of the Water, into the Wilderness” (Mark 1:9-15) Today is the First Sunday in Lent, which means that the Holy Gospel is an account of the temptation of our Lord. Matthew, Mark, and Luke all record this episode that took place right after Jesus’ baptism. This year we hear from Mark, who tells it the most briefly. Just two verses, as follows: “The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.” Mark gets...
  • Lutheran University Holding Event With Planned Parenthood Where Women Brag About Their Abortions

    02/15/2018 7:31:40 PM PST · by Morgana · 38 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Feb 12, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    A Christian university in Washington state will open its stage in March to women who believe aborting their unborn babies was a good thing. The theater department at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington is sponsoring the pro-abortion event in partnership with the Planned Parenthood abortion chain, according to the Daily Caller. The event, “Out of Silence: Abortion Stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign,” will promote the disproved statistic that one in three women will abort an unborn baby in her lifetime. “From the halls of Congress to pulpits and court houses around the country, women’s personal stories about...
  • "Hearts and Ashes" (Sermon for Ash Wednesday, on Joel 2:12-19)

    02/14/2018 4:28:47 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | February 14, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Hearts and Ashes” (Joel 2:12-19) Today is Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is a day for sending your love a box of candy and a Valentine’s card. Something like this: Roses are red, Violets are blue; Sugar is sweet, And so are you. Yes, it’s a day for hearts and flowers. But by coincidence of calendar, today is also Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is a day for recognizing our sinful heart, repenting of our sin, and remembering our mortality: Roses are red, Ashes are gray; Remember you’re dust-- You’ll return there one day. But Ash Wednesday is also a day for...
  • Transgender Pastor Welcomed By All As She/He Gets Name & Gender Changed!

    02/14/2018 7:56:15 AM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    TNN Raw 2 ^ | Feb 14, 2018 | Tommy Sotomayor
    Transgender Pastor Welcomed By All As She/He Gets Name & Gender Changed! (warning language)
  • "Where Is the Healing?" (Sermon on Mark 1:29-39)

    02/03/2018 7:02:07 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | February 4, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Where Is the Healing?” (Mark 1:29-39) Every year during the Epiphany season, we get Gospel readings in which Jesus is doing the activities of his public ministry. We see Jesus busy with things like preaching, teaching, and healing the sick. For example, take the readings from Mark 1 we’ve had these last few weeks. Two weeks ago we heard Jesus preaching, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Last week Jesus was in the synagogue teaching, and “he taught them as one...
  • "The War of the Worlds" (Sermon on Mark 1:21-28)

    01/27/2018 4:54:47 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | January 28, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The War of the Worlds” (Mark 1:21-28) Have you ever heard of “The War of the Worlds”? No, I’m not talking about H. G. Wells’s classic novel about Martians invading Earth. Nor am I talking about Orson Welles’s radio version of “The War of the Worlds,” which had some people thinking it was an actual news broadcast. And I don’t mean the movie versions that have been made, either. No, “The War of the Worlds” I’m talking about today is no piece of fiction. It is very real, and it has been going on for a very long time. It...
  • Metaxas’s Luther: Compelled by Conscience, Paving the Way for Religious Freedom

    01/23/2018 7:01:39 AM PST · by buffyt · 8 replies
    the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics ^ | October 23, 2017 | Hugh Whelchel
    One of the most spellbinding sections of the book is Metaxas’s superb retelling of Luther’s confrontation with Emperor Charles V in 1521 at the Diet of Worms. From the fall of 1517, when he posted his 95 Theses, through 1520, Luther continued to write and publish his ideas on church reform including The Babylonian Captivity of the Church, The Freedom of the Christian, and numerous other pamphlets and letters. In the fall of 1520, Rome threatened to excommunicate Luther from the church unless he recanted his assertions and challenges. Luther refused. Luther was excommunicated by a papal bull in January...
  • "Hold Lightly to the Things of This World" (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 7:29-31)

    01/20/2018 7:12:07 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 13 replies ^ | January 21, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Hold Lightly to the Things of This World” (1 Corinthians 7:29-31) Are you married? Some of you are, some of you aren’t. OK, so let’s broaden the field. How about these questions: Are there times when you mourn? Are there times when you rejoice? Or how about these: Do you ever buy goods? Do you ever have dealings with the world? OK, now I think I’ve got everybody covered. Well, here’s what I want you to do today. Two words: Stop it. That’s it: Stop it. Stop doing those things! Live like you’re not married. Stop mourning. Stop rejoicing. Live...
  • "Philip and Nathanael: A Story of Witnessing" (Sermon on John 1:43-51)

    01/13/2018 8:01:49 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | January 14, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Philip and Nathanael: A Story of Witnessing” (John 1:43-51) The Holy Gospel for today, from John 1, takes place very early in Jesus’ ministry, when he was first gathering his disciples. It’s the story of Philip and Nathanael, how they came to be disciples and follow our Lord. It’s the story of “Philip and Nathanael: A Story of Witnessing.” Now today let their story become your story also. The story begins with Jesus finding Philip and saying to him, “Follow me.” Notice that: Jesus finds Philip. Just like he finds us. He seeks us out, even when we were not...
  • "The Heavens Being Torn Open" (Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord, on Mark 1:4-11)

    01/07/2018 11:57:07 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies ^ | January 7, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Heavens Being Torn Open” (Mark 1:4-11) How many of you know when your baptismal birthday is? Mine is September 10. What’s yours? It’s good to take note of and remember the day of your baptism, that happy day when all your sins were washed away and you became a child of God. So if you don’t know your baptismal birthday, you might want to go ahead and find out when it is and then celebrate it. But did you know there’s a baptismal birthday going on today? And that it’s one all of us can celebrate? Because today is...