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  • "Jesus Answers a Gotcha Question" (Sermon on Matthew 22:15-22)

    10/17/2020 6:56:36 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 20 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 18, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Jesus Answers a Gotcha Question” (Matthew 22:15-22) If you’ve been following the news lately, and you watched the presidential debate, the vice-presidential debate, the Judiciary Committee hearings, or the dueling town halls, you heard a lot of “gotcha” questions. I’m guessing most of you have heard that term before, a “gotcha” question. But in case you haven’t, let me explain. A “gotcha” question is one in which the questioner asks someone a question designed to trap or embarrass the person being questioned. It’s designed to cast that person in a negative light, no matter how he might answer the question....
  • "Living by Forgiveness" (Sermon on Matthew 18:21-35)

    09/12/2020 12:41:02 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 13, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Living by Forgiveness” (Matthew 18:21-35)Living by forgiveness: That’s the message God has for each one of us here today. Living by forgiveness is the way life goes in God’s kingdom. There’s no other way. You and I live on the basis of God forgiving us when we have sinned against him. And you and I are called to live the same way toward our brothers and sisters who sin against us. We receive forgiveness from God, and we extend forgiveness toward others. That’s “Living by Forgiveness.” Jesus tells Peter and us about this way of life in the Holy Gospel...
  • "On This Rock I Will Build My Church" (Sermon on Matthew 16:13-20)

    08/22/2020 8:06:37 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 8 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 23, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “On This Rock I Will Build My Church” (Matthew 16:13-20) Everyone is interested in building the church, growing the church. Uh, let me rephrase that. Everyone who is already in the church, who is active and involved in the church, is interested in building and growing the church. People on the outside, as well as those with only a loose connection to the church--they don’t give a rip. They couldn’t care less. But those of us at least who are here regularly in church, we care about the church being built up and growing. Nobody wants to see the church...
  • "The Great Faith of the Canaanite Woman" (Sermon on Matthew 15:21-28)

    08/15/2020 12:16:58 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 16, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Great Faith of the Canaanite Woman” (Matthew 15:21-28) How would you rate your faith? Is it a strong faith or a weak faith? If you think your faith is weak, that it’s in need of some strengthening, well, you’ve come to the right place. For today we’re going to hear about “The Great Faith of the Canaanite Woman.” But now here’s a little secret, right from the outset: If you want a great faith, don’t focus on your faith. Rather, focus on the object of your faith, namely, our Lord Jesus Christ and his great mercy. Our text is...
  • "Lord, Save Me!" (Sermon on Matthew 14:22-33)

    08/08/2020 12:52:40 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 9, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Lord, Save Me!” (Matthew 14:22-33) Who is this Jesus fellow? That is the central question in all four of the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Who is this Jesus? As we read the gospels, we are discovering the same thing the disciples were learning: that there is something very special about this man named Jesus. And so it is, again today, in our reading from the Gospel of Matthew. The disciples are learning more about Jesus, and so are we. And knowing who Jesus is, knowing who he is for us--not only that he is God’s Son, with all...
  • "Masks of God" (Sermon on Matthew 14:13-21)

    08/01/2020 8:21:39 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 2, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Masks of God” (Matthew 14:13-21) The other day I went to the grocery store, and of course when I went in, I put on a mask. The other shoppers were wearing masks, the store’s workers were wearing masks, the cashiers--everybody was wearing a mask. Well, I had just paid for my groceries and was finishing loading my cart, when I heard the cashier greet the lady behind me. It was obvious he knew who she was, but at first she did not know who he was. She said, “Oh, I didn’t recognize you behind your mask.” And I thought to...
  • "Not Peace, but a Sword" (Sermon on Matthew 10:34-42)

    06/27/2020 11:55:51 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 28, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Not Peace, but a Sword” (Matthew 10:34-42) You are in a battle. It is a battle every Christian is called upon to fight, from the time we are baptized till the day we die. There is no opting out. You are engaged in this battle whether you realize it or not. So the thing to do is to fight it well. And that means we need help. For on our own we would not be strong enough to prevail. What is this battle? The one I’m referring to today is a battle from without, that is, from the world attacking...
  • "Fear Not, for Your Father Cares for You" (Sermon on Matthew 10:5a, 21-33)

    06/20/2020 9:13:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 21, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Fear Not, for Your Father Cares for You” (Matthew 10:5a, 21-33) In many of the Gospel readings during this time of the church year--as is the case in today’s reading--Jesus teaches his followers about the life of discipleship that we Christians are called to live. And this is not an easy life, this life of following Christ. For one thing, the world will be against us. And so, many of the Gospel readings this summer will describe the opposition we will get from the unbelieving world. And that opposition can be brutal, even deadly. But the amazing thing is, even...
  • "Jesus Extends His Compassionate Authority” (Sermon on Matthew 9:35 – 10:8)"

    06/13/2020 7:32:29 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 14, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Jesus Extends His Compassionate Authority” (Matthew 9:35 – 10:8)“And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.” So we heard in the Holy Gospel for today from Matthew. And that particular verse, Matthew 9:35, sounds an awful lot like a verse from five chapters earlier, Matthew 4:23, where it says: “And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.” Those two verses are almost...
  • "The God of New Beginnings" (Sermon for the Holy Trinity; on Genesis 1; Acts 2; Matthew 28)

    06/06/2020 10:04:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 7, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The God of New Beginnings” (Genesis 1; Acts 2; Matthew 28) Today is Trinity Sunday. It is on this day every year that we call special attention to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. This teaching is true every day of the year, of course, but on this particular Sunday, we call special attention to it. The Scripture readings for today bring out the nature of God as being triune, that is, one God in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The hymns we sing on this day are trinitarian in their content. And Trinity Sunday is the one...
  • "Alleluia! Christ Is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!" (Sermon for Easter Day, on Matthew 28:1-10)

    04/11/2020 8:34:27 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 12, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Alleluia! Christ Is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!” (Matthew 28:1-10) “Alleluia! Christ is risen!” “He is risen indeed! Alleluia!” “He is risen indeed!” Over many centuries, this is how the church has joyfully responded to the great Easter proclamation. Why such an exuberant response? Because of the glorious good news that precedes it, the news that Christ is risen. This good news of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ brings reassurance and restoration to troubled, weary hearts. His resurrection calls forth our joyous response. On this Easter Day, then, on this most glorious of mornings, the whole church...
  • "Hand-Washing Won't Do--Blood Is Needed" (Sermon for Good Friday, on Matthew 27:11-50)

    04/10/2020 8:22:34 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 10, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Hand-Washing Won’t Do--Blood Is Needed” (Matthew 27:11-50) Right now in the news we’re hearing about governors making life-or-death decisions. Should we be open? Should we be closed? How far can I go to protect people’s health? What about the loss of freedom? What about the loss of jobs? Governors are feeling pressure from all sides to make a decision one way or the other. And these decisions do affect people’s lives and their livelihood. No governor has ever made a more momentous life-or-death decision than the one we read about in today’s text, on this Good Friday. And that governor...
  • "The Apostolic Witness and the Prophetic Word" (Sermon for the Transfiguration of Our Lord, on 2 Peter 1:16-21)

    02/22/2020 10:30:38 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 23, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Apostolic Witness and the Prophetic Word” (2 Peter 1:16-21) “Cleverly devised myths.” That’s what we Christians are accused of believing. All that stuff about Jesus Christ being the Son of God and the only Savior of the world? “Just a bunch of fables, fairy tales, myths.” But then this is nothing new. Even back in the first century, Christians were ridiculed for believing the same thing. People said they were falling for a bunch of poppycock, fables and fairy tales. St. Peter refers to this in our epistle for today when he writes, “For we did not follow cleverly...
  • "A Better Righteousness" (Sermon on Matthew 5:21-37)

    02/16/2020 12:08:25 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 16, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Better Righteousness” (Matthew 5:21-37) Every week at the end of the Holy Gospel reading, I say, “This is the Gospel of the Lord.” Well, today at the end of the Holy Gospel reading, when I said, “This is the Gospel of the Lord,” I wanted to answer back and shout out, “No, it isn’t! This is not the Gospel of the Lord! This is all Law!” And indeed it is. Jesus is laying on the Law mighty thick. But he’s doing it for a good reason. He wants to strip away our self-righteousness, so that we will be ready...
  • "See the Light, Be the Light" (Sermon on Matthew 5:13-20)

    02/08/2020 8:46:40 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 9, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “See the Light, Be the Light” (Matthew 5:13-20) Two weeks ago, during this Epiphany season, the Gospel reading was from Matthew 4, and it included this verse: “The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.” The great light that they saw, the light that had dawned on them, was Jesus, as he began his ministry of preaching, teaching, healing, and gathering disciples. Jesus Christ is the light that shines in the darkness. As he himself would later say, “I am the...
  • "Walking in the Light Together" (Sermon on Matthew 4:12-25)

    01/25/2020 10:03:09 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 26, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Walking in the Light Together” (Matthew 4:12-25) “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.” So Isaiah prophesied, some seven hundred years before Christ. Then when Christ came on the scene and began his ministry, that prophecy was fulfilled, as Matthew records: “The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.” Who were those people on whom the light dawned? Certainly, it was those people...
  • "Baptized with Sinners, Anointed for Service, Manifested as God's Son" (Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord, on Matthew 3:13-17)

    01/10/2020 8:55:12 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 12, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Baptized with Sinners, Anointed for Service, Manifested as God’s Son” (Matthew 3:13-17) On this first Sunday after the Epiphany, the Gospel reading every year is the account of the Baptism of Our Lord. That was the great event when our Lord Jesus Christ was baptized in the Jordan by John the Baptist. The heavens were opened. The Spirit of God descended on Jesus like a dove. And the Father’s voice came from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Today I want to say three things about this event, three things on which your...
  • "The One That Got Away" (Sermon for the First Sunday after Christmas, on Matthew 2:13-23)

    12/28/2019 3:55:52 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 29, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The One That Got Away” (Matthew 2:13-23) Christmas is a joyous, happy holiday. At this time of year, we celebrate the “good news of great joy,” that to us is born a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. With the angels who give glory to God in the highest, with the shepherds who return glorifying and praising God, with the wise men who rejoice exceedingly with great joy, we too join in the joy of Christmas. Yes, Christmas is a joyous, happy holiday. That is true within the church. But perhaps even more so, it’s true in the culture around...
  • "Dreaming of a Savior" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, on Matthew 1:18-25)

    12/21/2019 7:16:51 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 22, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Dreaming of a Savior” (Matthew 1:18-25) The ancient Romans had a saying, “Nomen est omen.” “Nomen est omen,” which means, “The name,” nomen, “is a sign,” an omen. In other words, a person’s name will sometimes, mysteriously, be a sign of what’s to come for that person. For example, if a baby’s name is George, which means, “one who works the ground,” and that child grows up to be a farmer, well, that’s a case of “Nomen est omen.” The name is a sign of the future for that person. That saying holds true in our text today, in a...
  • "What Do You Expect?" (Sermon for the Third Sunday in Advent, on Matthew 11:2-15)

    12/14/2019 6:51:49 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 15, 2019 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “What Do You Expect?” (Matthew 11:2-15) What you expect and when you expect it will determine, to a large extent, whether you are satisfied or disappointed. For example, suppose that for Christmas your true love promises to give to you twelve drummers drumming, eleven pipers piping, ten lords a-leaping, and so on, all the way down to three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree. But now suppose that at the end of the day on December 25 all you’ve received is the partridge in the pear tree. You’re a little disappointed. Maybe you ask...