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3-20-22 Oculi

March 20, 2022
So far the season of Lent has revolved around Jesus’ conflict with the devil. The first Sunday in Lent Jesus was tempted by the devil and overcame. Last Sunday Jesus healed the Canaanite woman’s daughter, who was badly possessed by a demon. This week we find Jesus casting out another demon and then preaching about the devil and his demons. And the season of Lent builds up to the ultimate combat between Jesus and Satan…

3-13-22 Reminiscere

March 13, 2022
I can’t stand for very long, so this sermon isn’t going to be very long. So I’ll try to make each word count. The woman in our Gospel sees and experiences Jesus’ rejection. He ignores her. He says He came only for the Israelites, and she is no Israelite. He insults her and calls her a dog. But she clings to Him through it all. Because she doesn’t trust her eyes and she doesn’t trust…

3-6-22 Invocabit

March 6, 2022
The devil is a heretic. He heard at Jesus’ Baptism the Father say, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” And he still tried to tempt Jesus to sin. Because he saw in Jesus a mere man. And since Adam and Eve, the devil had a perfect record of tempting men. Even patient Job complained by the end. Even righteous David, the man after God’s own heart, fell into sin. The…

3-2-22 Ash Wednesday

March 2, 2022
The Holy Spirit has a reason for the words he uses. Many have, many would like to, explain the words away, “He made him who knew no sin to be sin for us.” It’s too much. It’s impossible. This must be just an expressive way of saying Jesus died to take away sin. It must mean only that God allowed him to be treated like a sinner, by allowing him to die on a cross.…

2-27-22 Quinquagesima

February 27, 2022
We know in part. There are limits to our knowledge. And this should keep us humble and at the same time excited. I say humble because we live in the age of intellectual arrogance. The elite claim to know what they can’t possibly know. Listen, for instance, to NPR’s “Science Friday,” and you will doubtlessly hear some scientist confidently assert what happened 130 million years ago – this week it was that felines, cats, went…

2-20-22 Sexagesima

February 20, 2022
The most precious thing you have is not your house or your car or your investments or your job or even your family. It is the Word of God. And if you guard it and keep it, it will bring you outrageously generous blessings. Jesus says it will produce fruit a hundredfold, that there is no one who follows Jesus who won’t receive a hundredfold back on this earth and in eternity. And so Jesus…

2-13-22 Septuagesima

February 13, 2022
In Matthew 19, a chapter before today’s Gospel reading, Jesus spoke with a rich young man. The young man asked, “What good deed must I do to have eternal life?” Well, if it’s a question of good deeds then the answer is God’s Law. Jesus referred him to the Ten Commandments. The young man supposed that he had kept all of them, so Jesus said, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess…

2-6-22 Transfiguration

February 6, 2022
St. Peter says “we didn’t follow cleverly devised myths when we made know to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Here he’s making a point not just about truth but about time. A myth can be true – the Greeks really did sack Troy. What marks a myth is not necessarily that it’s false, but that it’s a story handed down from one generation to another until you don’t know who…

1-30-22 Epiphany 3

January 30, 2022
The Christian message is without doubt a message that calls us to humility. We see this in our Old Testament lesson – Naaman has to be humbled, has to submit to the lowly words of Elisha without even getting to see Elisha’s face, has to give up his pride and wash himself in the dirty Jordan. And only then is he cleansed. And our epistle speaks to this humility directly: “Do not be haughty, but…

1-23-22 Epiphany 2

January 23, 2022
Jesus performed his first miracle at a wedding. This wasn’t an accident. God doesn’t do things on accident. This is what we prayed in our collect this morning, ‘Almighty and everlasting God, who governs all things in heaven and on earth.’ That’s our God. He’s in control. He’s not like us, we do things on accident all the time, He has a purpose for everything He does. In my house, “It was an accident” gets…
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