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  • "A New Teaching with Authority!" (Sermon on Mark 1:21-28)

    01/28/2012 7:26:42 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 29, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A New Teaching with Authority!” (Mark 1:21-28)Our text today is the Holy Gospel, the story of Jesus teaching in the synagogue and rebuking an unclean spirit, and the people’s reaction to what he was doing. They rightly saw that this was “A New Teaching with Authority!” “Jesus entered the synagogue and was teaching,” our text says. We sometimes forget that Jesus was a rabbi, a teacher. During his ministry, he would travel around to various places and teach. And one place where he regularly went was to the synagogue. Now the temple in Jerusalem was the place for the nation...
  • "Net Growth" (Sermon on Mark 1:14-20)

    01/21/2012 10:20:03 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 22, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Net Growth” (Mark 1:14-20)Where are the fish? Where have all the fish gone? This is the question on the mind of most every church in America these days. And no, I’m not talking about trout and catfish. I’m talking about people. Where are the fish, where are all the people? Why aren’t we seeing them in the church like we used to? Whose fault is it? Whom can we blame? Our numbers are down. Attendance, offerings--that’s what we’re fishing for, isn’t it? Maybe we need to try a different net. Why aren’t we seeing any (if you’ll pardon the pun)...
  • "Can Anything Good Come out of Nazareth?" (Sermon on John 1:43-51)

    01/14/2012 3:01:04 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 15, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Can Anything Good Come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:43-51)Can anything good come out of Bonne Terre? Can anything good come out of Potosi? Or let’s be more specific: Can anything good come out of St. Matthew’s? Can anything good come out of Redeemer? Those may be the kinds of questions in the minds of the people we meet and talk to. And the attitude behind the questions would be a rather dubious one. Believe it or not, some people may not think very much of those little podunk towns, Bonne Terre and Potosi, or of those little Lutheran churches, St....
  • "Christ's Baptism and Ours" (Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord, on Mark 1:4-11 and Romans 6:1-11)

    01/07/2012 11:06:32 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 8 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 8, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Christ’s Baptism and Ours” (Mark 1:4-11; Romans 6:1-11)Today the church celebrates the Baptism of Our Lord. On the First Sunday after the Epiphany, every year, we hear an account from one of the gospels of Christ’s baptism in the Jordan by John. “OK, so Jesus got baptized,” you say. “Big deal. Why should I care? What does this have to do with me?” A whole lot. As we shall see. Our reading from Mark and our reading from Romans will make the connection, as we consider the theme: “Christ’s Baptism and Ours.” First, Christ’s baptism. What’s going on here? What...
  • "Friday Night Lights" (Sermon for the Epiphany of Our Lord, on Matthew 2, Isaiah 60, Ephesians 3)

    01/06/2012 3:37:11 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 6, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Friday Night Lights” (Matthew 2:1-12; Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:1-12)“Pastor, have you lost your mind? What are you doing, dragging us out here to church on a Friday night, for goodness’ sakes! And in January, no less!” And my answer to that would be: The reason I’ve asked you all here tonight has to do with the “Friday Night Lights.” Friday night lights. Let me explain. Today is the Epiphany of Our Lord, a major festival of the church year. Epiphany is always January 6--it’s what we call a “fixed-date festival,” determined by the date on the calendar, regardless of the...
  • "Circumcision and Name Both Say 'Savior'" (Sermon on Luke 2:21)

    12/31/2011 7:23:44 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 8 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | January 1, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Circumcision and Name Both Say ‘Savior’” (Luke 2:21)Today is New Year’s Day, a day for looking forward to the year that lies ahead. It’s a day for plans and goals and New Year’s resolutions. “This is the year, finally, when I will get my weight under control, or when I will start exercising more regularly, or when I start being more faithful in my daily devotions.” All well and good. These can be good goals to have. January 1, 2012. This is also a day when we begin a new chapter in the life of our church. How is this...
  • "Christ's Birthday Is Our Birthday, Too" (Sermon for Christmas Day, on John 1:1-14)

    12/24/2011 2:39:31 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 25, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Christ’s Birthday Is Our Birthday, Too” (John 1:1-14)Whose birthday is it today? Well, that’s a good question. Of course, we’re celebrating the birth of Christ. It’s Christmas, after all. But at the same time, it is through Christmas, through the birth of Christ in the flesh, that other children are born, too--namely, the children of God. That’s us. And so today we’re celebrating the birth of Christ, first and foremost, but also with it, our own birth as God’s children. I can put our message today into one sentence: The Son of God became man, so that the sons of...
  • "Home for the Holidays" (Sermon for Christmas Eve, on Luke 2:1-20)

    12/23/2011 7:21:39 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 24, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Home for the Holidays” (Luke 2:1-20)“Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays.” So goes the familiar Christmas song. And it is good to be home, with family, at Christmas time. Renewed relations, good food, smiles on all the faces. There’s a fire in the fireplace, and you’re sitting in the living room, opening presents by the Christmas tree. Perry Como is singing in the background. Como, cocoa, cookies, and kids--a Christmas right out of Norman Rockwell. Very nice. But tonight I want to tell you about something even better than that. What it really means to be home...
  • "Good News Comes in Strange Packages" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, on Luke 1:26-38)

    12/17/2011 10:57:30 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 18, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Good News Comes in Strange Packages” (Luke 1:26-38)How’d you like to have a really scary guy come up to you unexpectedly and tell you: “Hey, I’ve got good news for you! You’re about to have a life-changing experience that will cause the person closest to you to think you have betrayed him, an experience that will make you into something of a social outcast and that will rearrange your whole life and plans from anything you expected. Yeah, this is some really good news I have for you!” How would you feel, and what would you say to such a...
  • "Blameless at the Coming of Our Lord" (Advent sermon on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24)

    12/15/2011 9:04:56 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 14, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Blameless at the Coming of Our Lord” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-24)In this three-part Advent series, we have been looking at, and looking forward to, the coming of our Lord. And by that, I mean his Second Coming, the Last Day, the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns on clouds of glory to render judgment on the earth. Accordingly, we have been speaking of the need to be “Awake until, Waiting for, and Blameless at the Coming of our Lord.” This has been our series theme. We began two weeks ago by hearing Jesus’ parable from Mark 13, about the servants...
  • "The Messiah's Job Description" (Sermon for the Third Sunday in Advent, on Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11)

    12/10/2011 8:23:53 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies · 1+ views
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 11, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Messiah’s Job Description” (Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11)As we just heard in the Gospel reading and sang in the hymn, St. John the Baptist came, proclaiming the arrival of the Savior and preparing the way before him. In doing this, John fulfilled the job description set forth for him in the prophet Isaiah, chapter 40, as John himself says, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” John came to proclaim the coming of the one coming after him. But what about that one coming after...
  • "Waiting for the Coming of Our Lord" (Advent sermon on 2 Peter 3:8-14)

    12/07/2011 4:59:52 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 7, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Waiting for the Coming of Our Lord” (2 Peter 3:8-14)Today we continue our three-part series, “Awake until, Waiting for, and Blameless at the Coming of Our Lord.” Last week we spoke of the need to stay awake until his coming again. Our focus now is on “Waiting for the Coming of Our Lord,” based on the text from 2 Peter 3. In this section of his epistle, Peter is talking about the Second Coming of Christ. At the time that Peter is writing this, it’s been several decades since Christ ascended into heaven, and Peter himself had heard the promise...
  • "A Trip out to the Wilderness" (Sermon for the Second Sunday in Advent, on Mark 1 and Isaiah 40)

    12/03/2011 7:26:22 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 4, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Trip out to the Wilderness” (Mark 1:1-8; Isaiah 40:1-11)Today and throughout the season of Advent, the church takes “A Trip out to the Wilderness.” We go out there and we meet John the Baptist, our wilderness guide. What John is doing out there is leading God’s people in two things, penitential preparation and hopeful expectation, as we await the coming of the Lord. Penitential preparation, hopeful expectation--these are the distinctive accents of Advent that we will hear in our trip out to the wilderness today. God does some of his best work out in the wilderness. In that desolate...
  • "Awake until the Coming of Our Lord" (Advent sermon on Mark 13:24-37)

    11/30/2011 5:27:17 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 30, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Awake until the Coming of Our Lord” (Mark 13:24-37)It is customary for midweek services in Advent or Lent for the preacher to come up with a theme, some connecting thread that ties together the services and sermons for that season. Last year, for instance, our Advent series, for both the Sundays and Wednesdays, was on the seven “O Antiphons” of the hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” It made for a nifty, handy-dandy series theme. But this year for Advent, I wasn’t sure what to do with these midweek services, what sort of a theme to come up with. Then...
  • "Advent Is Worth the Wait" (Sermon for the First Sunday in Advent, on Isaiah 64, 1 Cor. 1, Mark 11)

    11/26/2011 9:24:29 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies · 1+ views
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 27, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Advent Is Worth the Wait” (Isaiah 64:1-9; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 11:1-10)We don’t like to wait, do we? I mean, we Americans. And especially when it comes to Christmas. Wait till the night of December 24 to start celebrating Christmas? No way! So the Christmas catalogues started coming--when, the day after Labor Day? Then came the Christmas movies: “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas” came out November 4. The Christmas radio stations: “Santa Baby” was “Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree” already a couple of weeks ago. And the TV specials: “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” is this Tuesday. Apparently, Rockefeller...
  • "Unexpected Thanksgiving" (Sermon for the National Day of Thanksgiving, on Luke 17:11-19)

    11/23/2011 8:28:20 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 24, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Unexpected Thanksgiving” (Luke 17:11-19)It was an unexpected thanksgiving. I mean the thanksgiving recorded in today’s reading from Luke 17, the story of Jesus healing the ten lepers. The thanksgiving that we find there was quite unexpected. And that may give us some guidance and inspiration for the rest of our day today, that we too may do some “Unexpected Thanksgiving.” Oh, now you would expect people to give thanks to the person who healed them, when they had just been healed of a dreaded disease like leprosy. It was a kind of a walking death, in a way. It ostracized...
  • "Then Comes the End" (Sermon for the Last Sunday of the Church Year, on 1 Cor. 15 and Matt. 25)

    11/19/2011 2:03:57 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 12 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 20, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Then Comes the End” (1 Corinthians 15:20-28; Matthew 25:31-46)Today is the Last Sunday of the Church Year. The church year mirrors the life of Christ and the course of history, and so, naturally enough, as we come to the end of the church year, the lessons and themes of the last few Sundays concern the last things, the end times, and the return of Christ the King. So it is today. The Propers of the Day, the Introit, Collect, and Gradual; the Readings, the Old Testament, Epistle, and Holy Gospel; the hymns, “The Clouds of Judgment Gather” and the rest--all...
  • "But What Kind of Day Will It Be?" (Sermon on 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)

    11/12/2011 6:29:47 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 13, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “But What Kind of Day Will It Be?” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)Perhaps you’ve heard of a radio preacher named Harold Camping. He was in the news, this Harold Camping was, earlier this year, when he made a prediction of when Christ would return. He even got it down to the day. After doing all his calculations, Harold Camping predicted that May 21 would be the day of Jesus’ return. Well, May 21 came and went, and Harold and his followers were not all beamed up in the Rapture. So then he revised his prediction. May 21, you see, was the spiritual...
  • "Blessed Are the Hungry and Thirsty" (Sermon for All Saints' Day, on Matthew 5:1-12)

    11/05/2011 9:15:43 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 6, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Blessed Are the Hungry and Thirsty” (Matthew 5:1-12)Are you hungry? Are you thirsty? Yes? Good. That’s a good place to be. Blessed, in fact. That’s what Jesus says in our Gospel for today: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” And so our theme this morning: “Blessed Are the Hungry and Thirsty.” Now it may sound strange to hear Jesus say that the hungry and thirsty are actually “blessed.” It doesn’t sound like any kind of a blessing to be suffering from hunger or thirst. But strangely enough it is. Because Jesus says...
  • "'Fear God and Give Him the Glory!': The Slogan of the Lutheran Church Reformation" (Sermon)

    10/30/2011 10:52:15 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 30, 2011 | C. F. W. Walther, Joel Baseley, and Charles Henrickson
    “Fear God and Give Him the Glory!”: The Slogan of the Lutheran Church ReformationReformation Festival Sermon on Revelation 14:6-7 by C. F. W. Walther (1881) Translated by Joel Baseley. Abridged by Charles Henrickson.“Holy, holy, holy, Lord of Sabaoth, all the earth is full of your glory.” This we cry out today, O Lord our God, along with the cherubim and seraphim. For today we remember the glorious work of the Reformation of the church, which you began and gloriously brought to completion in the sixteenth century. Your glory had been taken from the very midst of your church, the glory...