Monthly Archives: March 2011

What it means to be free from the devil

Sermon for Lent 3 – Oculi Luke 11:14-28  +  Exodus 8:16-24  +  Ephesians 5:1-9 It’s serious business we have before us today.  That’s always true, of course, when sinful people   like you and I come into the presence of the … Continue reading

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Behind a mask of rejection, faith finds a merciful Christ

Sermon for Second Sunday in Lent – Reminiscere Matthew 15:21-28  +  Genesis 32:22-32  +  1 Thessalonians 4:1-7 A lot of people are put off by the Jesus who is presented to us in today’s Gospel – the one who appeared … Continue reading

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Lenten meditations on the Small Catechism – The Ten Commandments, First Table

In true catechism form, let me begin this evening with a question: What do the Ten Commandments have to do with the season of Lent and with our preparation to remember the events of Holy Week?  The answer?  Everything. The … Continue reading

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The Second Adam stood the test

Sermon for Lent 1 – Invocabit Matthew 4:1-11  +  Genesis 3:1-21  +  2 Corinthians 6:1-10 Last week’s Gospel took us to the outskirts of Jerusalem, right on the doorstep of Palm Sunday.  We were just about ready to plunge into … Continue reading

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The Miracle of Faith

Sermon for Quinquagesima Luke 18:31-43  +  1 Samuel 16:1-13  +  1 Corinthians 13 We have two stories before us today in the Gospel for Quinquagesima. Blindness ties the two together.  We see both spiritual and physical blindness, and the miraculous … Continue reading

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Four kinds of soil, four kinds of disciples

Sermon for Sexagesima Luke 8:4-15  +  Isaiah 55:10-13  +  Hebrews 4:9-13 As the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish…so is my word that … Continue reading

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