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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...
  • "A Faith Worth Imitating: C. F. W. Walther" (Sermon on Hebrews 13:7)

    10/22/2011 10:48:05 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 23, 2011 | Cameron Mackenzie, William R. Wangelin, and Charles Henrickson
    “A Faith Worth Imitating: C. F. W. Walther” (Hebrews 13:7)Reading from Hebrews 13: 7: “Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” This is our text. Fifty years ago, “Walther” was a household name in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. After all, the synodical youth group was called the Walther League. Today, however, the league is long gone, and for many so is the man for whom it was named, Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther. In fact, there are probably some here today who are wondering...
  • "Your Work of Faith and Labor of Love and Steadfastness of Hope" (Sermon on 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10)

    10/15/2011 5:11:43 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 16, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Your Work of Faith and Labor of Love and Steadfastness of Hope” (1 Thessalonians 1:1-10)Pastor Henrickson, to the church of the Bonne Terrians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace. And as long as I’m imitating the opening of Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, I’ll continue by saying to you what he said to them: “We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus...
  • "The Battle for the Mind" (Sermon on Philippians 4:4-13)

    10/08/2011 8:42:17 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 9, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Battle for the Mind” (Philippians 4:4-13)There’s a battle going on, a fierce battle, although the battlefield is relatively small. It’s only about six inches wide, that battleground. It’s the space between your ears. Yes, your mind, a Christian’s mind, is the place where the warfare is waging, and you are not exempt. There are various forces at work, seeking to take control of your mind, whether you like it or not. The devil, the world, and your own sinful flesh are conspiring to take your mind captive. Will you let them? Are you going to surrender those six inches...
  • "Counting Your Gain as Loss" (Sermon on Philippians 3:4b-14)

    10/01/2011 6:56:46 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 2, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Counting Your Gain as Loss” (Philippians 3:4b-14)I was trying to think the other day of something where, if you gained, it was actually a loss. What would it be? You have a gain, but really it should be counted as a loss. The first thing that comes to mind is if you’re trying to lose weight. You step on the scale, you see that you’ve gained three pounds--well, you would probably think of that as a loss. You had lost ground in reaching your goal. That’s an example of counting your gain as loss. But there’s another area in which...
  • "Have This Mind among Yourselves" (Sermon on Philippians 2:1-18)

    09/24/2011 9:06:49 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 25, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Have This Mind among Yourselves” (Philippians 2:1-18)In last week’s Epistle reading, from Philippians 1, St. Paul told the church at Philippi that he wants to hear they are “standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by (their) opponents.” Standing firm in one spirit, striving with one mind for the defense and advance of the gospel, unafraid. And we emphasized that this matter of having one spirit, having one mind--that this transforming of our mind comes about as we dwell upon the Word of God...
  • "Standing Firm in One Spirit" (Sermon on Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30)

    09/17/2011 5:07:07 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 18, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Standing Firm in One Spirit” (Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30)Today we are observing what we call “St. Matthew’s Sunday.” Our congregation is named in honor of St. Matthew, the great apostle and evangelist, and his festival comes up on the church year calendar this week. So we’ve taken to using one of the Sundays closest to St. Matthew’s Day, September 21, as a time to call special attention to the life and ministry of our congregation. We thank God for this little church we have here in Bonne Terre. It is an outpost of the gospel where can come and be refreshed...
  • "Sour Grapes in the Vineyard" (Sermon on Matthew 20:1-16)

    09/12/2011 6:33:01 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 13, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Sour Grapes in the Vineyard” (Matthew 20:1-16)When someone expresses negativity about a situation after the fact, only after they’ve been disappointed about the outcome--we call that kind of a reaction “sour grapes.” A candidate loses an election, and then afterward he says some nasty stuff about those dumb voters who chose the other guy. That’s “sour grapes.” A man loses out on a job, and then he speaks behind the back of the employer he was just flattering to his face. Again, sour grapes. It’s not a very becoming or noble characteristic, this sour-grapes attitude after a disappointment. But it...
  • "Jesus Raises the Debt Ceiling" (Sermon on Matthew 18:21-35)

    09/10/2011 8:35:31 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 13 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 11, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Jesus Raises the Debt Ceiling” (Matthew 18:21-35)We’ve heard a lot lately about “the debt ceiling” and “raising the debt ceiling.” Now when our government does this, raising the debt ceiling way beyond our ability to repay--and the bill will come due--many people think this is not such a good thing to do. But in the government of God, that is, in the kingdom of God, raising the debt ceiling is the only way that you and I will ever live. And that same principle applies, then, to how we treat our brothers and sisters within the kingdom. We’re all here...
  • "How God Uses His Law in Our Lives" (Sermon on Romans 13:1-10)

    09/03/2011 1:59:03 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 11 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 4, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “How God Uses His Law in Our Lives” (Romans 13:1-10)Our text today is the Epistle, from Romans 13, and our topic is “How God Uses His Law in Our Lives.” And he does. God uses his law in several ways in our lives, all ultimately for our good. Traditionally we talk about three “uses” of the law, and our text today especially deals with two of those three, what we commonly call the “First Use of the Law” and the “Third Use of the Law.” Oh, we won’t forget about the Second Use. And St. Paul hasn’t either; it’s just...
  • "Genuine Love: Instructions Connected to Our Life Together in Christ" (Sermon on Romans 12:9-21)

    08/27/2011 4:16:46 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 28, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Genuine Love: Instructions Connected to Our Life Together in Christ” (Romans 12:9-21)In 1927, a writer by the name of Max Ehrmann wrote a poem called “Desiderata.” “Desiderata” means “the things desired.” You may have heard of this poem. It begins like this: “Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.” And the poem goes on like that. And on. And on. For example: “Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. . . . Be yourself....
  • "What Do You Give the God Who Has Everything?" (Sermon on Romans 11:33 – 12:8)

    08/20/2011 10:18:38 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies · 3+ views
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 21, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “What Do You Give the God Who Has Everything?” (Romans 11:33 – 12:8)Some of you probably remember the old advertising slogan, “What do you give the man who has everything?” You’d hear it during the Christmas shopping season, or maybe coming up on Father’s Day, when you were out looking for just the right gift for that special man in your life, your father, your husband, maybe your pastor. The idea was, the fellow you’re shopping for is sitting at home in his recliner, wearing his bathrobe and smoking his pipe--he’s a successful man who’s made it, he’s got everything...
  • "The Particularity of God's Mercy for All" (Sermon on Romans 11)

    08/13/2011 8:34:53 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 14, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Particularity of God’s Mercy for All” (Romans 11:1-2a, 13-15, 28-32)The question of Jews and Gentiles is not a big deal for us today. Most all of us here are Gentiles, I think, that is, non-Jews. The Christian church around the world is almost entirely made up of people who are not ethnically Jewish. For that matter, the world itself--there are just not that many Jews to go around. So the question of Jews and Gentiles is not at the forefront of our consciousness, and naturally so. We do not normally think in those terms. However, the question of Jews...
  • "If God Is for Us" (Sermon on Romans 8:28-39)

    07/23/2011 6:30:02 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 16 replies · 2+ views
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 24, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “If God Is for Us” (Romans 8:28-39)“If God is for us, who can be against us?” Well, indeed, if God is for us, then it really wouldn’t matter who is against us, would it? I mean, who could be greater and more powerful than God? No one. By definition, no one or no thing can be more powerful than God; otherwise, that person or thing would be God. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” But that question then raises another question, one that could be a little ominous, depending on the answer: Is God for us?...
  • "The Glory That Is to Be Revealed" (Sermon on Romans 8:18-27)

    07/16/2011 4:37:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 17, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Glory That Is to Be Revealed” (Romans 8:18-27)Today we continue in Romans 8. Last week we heard that we have received “The Spirit of Adoption as Sons,” that is, that God has changed our status from slaves to sons, that he has given us the Holy Spirit, so that we would know this, and that we have an inheritance waiting for us in the future, which gives us hope even now. So continuing on from that point, today St. Paul tells us more about the inheritance to come, what it is we are waiting for. And so our theme...
  • "The Spirit of Adoption as Sons" (Sermon on Romans 8:12-17)

    07/09/2011 8:33:53 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 10, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Spirit of Adoption as Sons” (Romans 8:12-17)Romans 8 is one of the great chapters of the Bible. It is certainly one of the most familiar and best-loved chapters in the Bible. So many memorable passages in Romans 8! The chapter opens with the great assurance, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” It goes on to say, “We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” And it closes with the great crescendo, “In all these things we are...
  • "The Battle Within" (Sermon on Romans 7:14-25a)

    07/02/2011 12:37:21 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 3, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Battle Within” (Romans 7:14-25a)It’s not easy being a Christian. First of all, it’s not easy being just about anybody these days. The economy is in the tank, people are running themselves ragged, trying to keep their mortgages from going under. All of our wonder drugs are keeping us alive longer, so we get to enjoy many more years of . . . going to the doctor, and aches and pains, and prescriptions and pills. Life isn’t easy, even if you’re not a Christian. But then there’s a whole new set of problems that come with being a Christian. To...
  • "God Wants to Kill You" (Sermon on Romans 7:1-13)

    06/25/2011 6:28:12 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 15 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 26, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “God Wants to Kill You” (Romans 7:1-13)God wants to kill you. God wants you dead. Does that shock you, my friends? Well, let me put it this way: God has to kill you! God has to kill you, in order to make you alive. That’s the point of our Epistle reading today from Romans 7, and thus our theme this morning: “God Wants to Kill You.” What in the world are you talking about, Henrickson? “God wants to kill you”? That doesn’t sound very nice. It’s not. In fact, in can be very painful. But it’s the most loving thing...
  • "All Authority in Heaven and on Earth Has Been Given to Me" (Sermon for Holy Trinity, Matthew 28)

    06/18/2011 11:44:54 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 19, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “All Authority in Heaven and on Earth Has Been Given to Me” (Matthew 28:16-20)“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’” If you had to vote on “What is the most puzzling statement in Scripture?” this might be it. What in the world is Jesus saying when he says, “All authority has been given to me?” “Given”? I mean, didn’t we just confess in the Athanasian Creed: “The Godhead of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is one: the glory equal, the majesty coeternal”?...
  • "Out of Whose Heart Will Flow Rivers of Living Water?" (Sermon for Pentecost, on John 7:37-39)

    06/11/2011 8:49:34 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 12, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Out of Whose Heart Will Flow Rivers of Living Water?” (John 7:37-39)In the Holy Gospel for today, Jesus makes this statement: “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But the question then arises: Out of whose heart? Those rivers of living water--out of whose heart will they flow? Today I want to explore two possible answers, either of which comes out as good news for us. We’re going to take two different routes and hopefully end up at the same place. And so our theme this morning on this Day of Pentecost: “Out of Whose Heart Will...
  • "Witness, Mercy, Life Together: Our Life as Church" (Sermon for Seventh Sunday of Easter, on Acts)

    06/04/2011 9:12:43 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 5, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Witness, Mercy, Life Together: Our Life as Church” (Acts)“Witness, Mercy, Life Together”: This is the threefold emphasis now being used for our national church body, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” has also served well as the basis for our sermon series here at St. Matthew’s this Easter season. We have seen these themes emerge in our readings from the Book of Acts, for “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” can be said to characterize the life of the early church. But not only so, these aspects of the early church’s life are true for us as well. And so...
  • "Christ's Ascending Is a Sending" (Sermon for the Ascension of Our Lord, on Luke 24:44-53)

    06/02/2011 3:38:54 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 2, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Christ’s Ascending Is a Sending” (Luke 24:44-53)Today the church celebrates the Ascension of Our Lord. It was forty days after his resurrection that our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, and so this is the day--forty days after Easter, always on a Thursday in mid-to-late spring--when we have this festival. Now there are many things we could say about the Ascension, but tonight I want to focus on this: “Christ’s Ascending Is a Sending.” Christ’s ascending is a sending. What do I mean by that? I mean that when Jesus ascends into heaven, at that time he sends out his...
  • "Making Known the Unknown God: Paul at the Areopagus" (Sermon for Sixth Sunday of Easter, Acts 17)

    05/28/2011 4:13:49 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 29, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Making Known the Unknown God: Paul at the Areopagus” (Acts 17:16-31)“Witness” has been a major theme running through the readings from the Book of Acts that we’ve had this Easter season. We’ve heard the church bearing witness to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the salvation of the world: Peter and the apostles speaking boldly before the Sanhedrin. Peter preaching Law and Gospel on the Day of Pentecost. Stephen bearing witness to Christ and becoming the first martyr of the church in the process. The church giving verbal testimony to the crucified and resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, calling...
  • "Witness, Mercy, Life Together: The Case of Stephen" (Sermon for Fifth Sunday of Easter, Acts 6-7)

    05/21/2011 11:53:11 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 22, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Witness, Mercy, Life Together: The Case of Stephen” (Acts 6:1-9; 7:2a, 51-60)“Witness, Mercy, Life Together”: This is an emphasis right now for our Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, since the work of our national church body can be gathered under these three headings. In connection with this, our synod is using the New Testament Greek words associated with these aspects of the church’s life: Martyria, “Witness,” the bold testimony that Christians give to their Savior, often in the face of hostility and persecution. Diakonia, literally “Service,” but especially, service in the form of works of “Mercy.” And third, Koinonia, “Fellowship,” or to...
  • "Koinonia: The Church's Life Together" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, on Acts 2:42-47)

    05/14/2011 9:54:51 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 15, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Koinonia: The Church’s Life Together” (Acts 2:42-47)During this Easter season, we’re tracking the readings from the Book of Acts, under the theme, “Witness, Mercy, Life Together.” Witness: The church bearing verbal witness to Christ the Savior. Mercy: The church showing the compassion of Christ in serving people in need. Life Together: The church being the fellowship, the family, that Christ has formed for himself. We see each of these aspects of the church’s life well on display here in the Book of Acts. The last couple of weeks, the readings have focused on “Witness,” the church boldly proclaiming the word...
  • "Witnesses Preach Law and Gospel" (Sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter, on Acts 2:14a, 36-41)

    05/07/2011 9:46:49 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 8, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Witnesses Preach Law and Gospel” (Acts 2:14a, 36-41)Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn’t: The hymn we just sang, “He’s Risen, He’s Risen,” was written by C. F. W. Walther. Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther was, of course, the first president of our Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and really the leading figure in our synod’s history. This year we are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Walther’s birth in October of 1811. Yesterday, May 7, was the commemoration of his death, and so it is very appropriate that we sing his Easter hymn today. “Oh, where is your sting, death? We fear you no...
  • "Witnesses Worthy of the Name" (Sermon for the Second Sunday of Easter. on Acts 5:29-42)

    04/30/2011 10:49:24 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies · 1+ views
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 1, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Witnesses Worthy of the Name” (Acts 5:29-42)Today we begin a series of sermons based on readings from the Book of Acts. Recently many of you went through a several-month-long Bible study on the Book of Acts, and hopefully that will still be somewhat fresh in your mind. In any case, I think it will be timely and helpful for us to reflect on these glimpses of life in the early church, for in many ways the time of the early church, the conditions they faced, parallels the situation of the church in our day. They lived in a world that...
  • The Obama Doctrine Clearly Defined

    04/28/2011 5:54:13 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 3 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-28-11 | Wordsmith
    “He doesn’t strategize­. He sermonizes­.” -Zbigniew Brzezinski, Former National Security Advisor Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Barack Obama speaks in Mitchell, South Dakota. Rick Wilking -Reuters A good read and lengthy piece in the New Yorker called, The Consequentialist. We now have a concise description of the Obama Doctrine, defined by an unnamed senior official in the president's own administration: "Leading from behind": That’s not a slogan designed for signs at the 2012 Democratic Convention, but it does accurately describe the balance that Obama now seems to be finding. It’s a different definition of leadership than America is known for,...
  • "United with Him in a Resurrection Like His" (Sermon for Easter Day, on Romans 6:1-11)

    04/23/2011 4:12:46 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 24, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “United with Him in a Resurrection Like His” (Romans 6:1-11)Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) Indeed! And Christ’s resurrection has great implications for our life now--and our life forever. Both of these are brought our in our text for today, from Romans chapter 6, reading as follows: “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We...
  • "We Have Now Received Reconciliation" (Sermon for Good Friday, Tenebrae Vespers, on Romans 5:6-11)

    04/22/2011 3:38:44 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 22, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “We Have Now Received Reconciliation” (Romans 5:6-11)Our text this evening is the same as it was earlier today, a portion of Romans 5. At noon, under the theme “Christ Died for the Ungodly,” we focused on these verses: “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person--though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die--but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Now tonight we continue on from that point: “Since, therefore,...
  • "Christ Died for the Ungodly" (Sermon for Good Friday, Chief Service, on Romans 5:6-11)

    04/22/2011 8:59:31 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 22, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Christ Died for the Ungodly” (Romans 5:6-11)“Christ Died for the Ungodly.” What an awesome, profound statement that is! The words come from Romans, the fifth chapter, reading as follows: “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person--though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die--but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” “Christ died for the ungodly.” Every term here has great meaning. Let’s start with the term, “the ungodly.” That...