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  • "Inculcating the Reformation through Catechesis" (Sermon for Reformation Day, on Romans 3:19-28; John 8:31-36)

    10/24/2020 8:06:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 25, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Inculcating the Reformation through Catechesis” (Romans 3:19-28; John 8:31-36) First, let me tell you my title for this message. It’s “Inculcating the Reformation through Catechesis.” Now the next thing I want to tell you is this: Don’t let that title scare you off! Don’t worry, I’ll explain each of those terms: “Inculcating the Reformation through Catechesis.” So here we go. The first one I’ll explain is “the Reformation.” What is the Reformation? This term refers to the much-needed reforming of the church--straightening it out where it had gone wrong--the reforming movement undertaken by Martin Luther and his associates in the...
  • "Jesus Answers a Gotcha Question" (Sermon on Matthew 22:15-22)

    10/17/2020 6:56:36 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 32 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....
  • "Rejoice in the Lord Always--Even in 2020!" (Sermon on Philippians 4:4-13)

    10/10/2020 2:57:43 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 11, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Rejoice in the Lord Always--Even in 2020!” (Philippians 4:4-13) As you’ve probably noticed, many people have been saying that this year, 2020, is the worst year they can remember. Maybe you’ve said so yourself. I mean, think of it. The year 2020 has seen one disaster after another: The Coronavirus pandemic got everyone’s attention back in March. Then came the shutdown all across the country. The economy went south in a hurry. The whole thing stunk: People lost their lives. People lost their jobs. People lost their businesses. That was March and April. And then: “Who had murder hornets for...
  • "From Rubbish to Righteousness to Resurrection" (Sermon on Philippians 3:4b-14)

    10/03/2020 7:53:03 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | October 4, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “From Rubbish to Righteousness to Resurrection” (Philippians 3:4b-14) I’m sure many of you have heard of a “rags-to-riches story.” A rags-to-riches story is one in which the hero starts out poor and penniless, but then, through hard work and perseverance, overcomes all odds and hardships to become a great success. That’s a rags-to-riches story, and we all love to hear one. Well, today in our reading from Philippians 3, we hear a different kind of story. It’s the story Paul tells about his own life. Only in this case, Paul himself is not the hero. And it’s not a matter...
  • "Work Out Your Own Salvation?" (Sermon on Philippians 2:1-18)

    09/26/2020 8:35:13 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 27, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Work Out Your Own Salvation?” (Philippians 2:1-18) Last Sunday we began a series of four straight weeks with readings from Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. Last week our theme from chapter 1 was “For Your Progress and Joy in the Faith.” Paul said that he was writing to the Philippians to help them make progress and find joy in the Christian faith. This week, we move into chapter 2, where Paul continues along those same lines. And we’ll begin our message today by looking at the part of our text where Paul tells the Philippians: “Work out your own salvation.”...
  • "For Your Progress and Joy in the Faith" (Sermon on Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30)

    09/19/2020 6:54:44 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 20, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “For Your Progress and Joy in the Faith” (Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30) Today we begin four weeks in a row of readings from Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians. Four chapters over four weeks, starting with much of chapter 1 today. The epistle as a whole is not very long--you can read it in less than 15 minutes--so you might want to consider reading Philippians a number of times over the coming weeks. You won’t regret it. Paul’s letter to the Philippians: What do we know about Philippi and Paul’s relationship with the congregation there? A little background is in order. Philippi...
  • "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...
  • "Governing Authorities: God's Servants for Your Good" (Sermon on Romans 13:1-10)

    09/05/2020 8:29:08 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 6, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Governing Authorities: God’s Servants for Your Good” (Romans 13:1-10) Our text today is the Epistle reading from Romans 13. And as soon as I say “Romans 13,” most people who know the Bible will instantly say, “Oh, that’s the chapter about government.” And that’s right. Romans 13 is the classic passage in the Bible about the role of government, about how God instituted governmental authority, and about our relationship to the governing authorities, especially as Christians. So those are the things we’re going to explore now, under the theme: “Governing Authorities: God’s Servants for Your Good.” “For our good? Really,...
  • "Genuine Love in Our Church Family" (Sermon on Romans 12:9-21)

    08/29/2020 10:33:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 30, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Genuine Love in Our Church Family” (Romans 12:9-21) Our church is called to be a loving family. I know this is so, because that’s who God says we are. God has made us a loving family. He calls us to live and act as his loving family. And he enables us to do so. This is why I as your pastor can call on you to be who you are in Christ: brothers and sisters who love one another with a genuine love that shows itself in actions. That is kind of a summary of today’s Epistle reading, from Romans...
  • "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...
  • "If God Is for Us" (Sermon on Romans 8:28-39)

    07/25/2020 11:03:00 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 26, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “If God Is for Us” (Romans 8:28-39)In our Epistle reading for today, St. Paul writes, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” The answer, of course, is no one. If God is for us, it doesn’t matter who might be against us, because they are not God. Oh, they may indeed be against us, but that is far, far outweighed by the fact that God is for us. 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...
  • "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...
  • "Out of His Heart Will Flow Rivers of Living Water" (Sermon for the Day of Pentecost, on John 7:37-39)

    05/30/2020 11:39:00 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 31, 2020 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Out of His Heart Will Flow Rivers of Living Water” (John 7:37-39) Please take a look at the front of your bulletin for today. There you will see a photograph of water flowing out in a river. And written over the picture are these words from John 7:38, “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” Those are the words of Jesus from today’s Holy Gospel. There Jesus says exactly that: “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But the question is: Who is it that Jesus is talking about? Out of whose heart will...
  • State Backs Down as Bishops Stand Up [Minnesota]

    05/26/2020 5:08:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 5/26/20 | Paul Murano
    MN governor rescinds religious regulations after bishops resolve to defyST. PAUL, Minn. (ChurchMilitant.com) - After Minnesota's bishops stood up last week in defiance of a state order unfairly targeting houses of worship, Democratic Gov. Tim Walz opted to change course, issuing an order to expand the resumption of limited public worship gatherings. Walz's decision was in response to a May 20 open letter from the Minnesota Catholic Conference, signed by the state's five bishops and one diocesan administrator (for Duluth). In it, the bishops maintained the governor's reopening guidelines were unfairly restrictive toward religious services, as businesses and other entities...