To Him be the Glory

Sermon Leftover- A Bad Exchange

Their mother had given each of them 5 dollars to spend at the mall. The older brother had squandered most of it very quickly, but as his brother came out of the candy store, he was regretting a few of those arcade games. No worries, he had an idea. “Joey, come here! How much money do you have left?” His brother showed him a dollar and a few cents but he held a bag full of candy. This idea just might work. “Were you planning on going to the arcade?” The younger looked at the flashing lights and smiled. “Well then, you’re going to need some quarters!” I will trade you three quarters for your one dollar; three is better than one.” His brother eyed him suspiciously; why would his brother try and help him like this? Seeing his brother thinking it through, he added, “But you’ll have to give me one of your candies, too. I think that’ll make it a pretty fair trade. Now come on, mom will be out of that clothing store any second.” Still worrying that his brother might be tricking him, Joey made the trade anyway and ran to the arcade. With a smirk, his brother bought a pop and sat down to enjoy his brother’s candy.



0 comments

Keep Reading >>

How do I "Love My Neighbor"? -A sermon extension

Many Lutheran pastors, myself included, struggle to preach sanctification well. I never want the focus of my sermon to be about the things we do, but on what God has done. It is the gospel, Jesus’ righteousness for us, that gives us the peace and the strength to live a new life in Christ. The law might scare or guilt us into proper outward actions, but it never changes the heart. We also recognize the weakness of the law in this: the law always accuses and crushes, so even if the gospel is the center of the sermon, the encouragement to do something will always accuse us when we do not.  (For more discussion on the law and gospel, I suggest this lighthearted Lutheran podcast: https://www.letthebirdfly.com/2017/06/06/episode-11-law-and-gospel-a-first-pass/ .)



0 comments

Keep Reading >>

Sermon Leftovers: Deuteronomy 32:11-12

Sometimes when you prepare a delicious meal, you can’t eat it all at once. Sometimes everything a passage teaches can’t fit into one sermon. I enjoy leftovers. A good meal is worth eating twice. I hope you enjoy a couple of leftovers from last Sunday’s sermon:



0 comments

Keep Reading >>

Is Christianity Inclusive or Exclusive?

It was an uncomfortable exchange. Senator Sanders questioned presidential nominee Russell Vought. The senator took issue with something Vought had written, “Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.” Those are strong words, and for Senator Sanders they were hateful. Vought’s repeated response, “I’m a Christian,” didn’t satisfy him. I don’t know anything about Russell Vought and whether he would be qualified for a high position in government. Nor do I claim to be an expert on Senator Sanders’ beliefs; however, I do know a little about the heart of the issue: Is Christianity inclusive or exclusive? Does that make it unamerican?



0 comments

Keep Reading >>

A Reflection on Observing Good Friday

I had a strange thought as I stepped out my front door this morning. The sun was peeking through the Oregon clouds, a beautiful morning for a little hike with my dogs. I thought how odd it was to be walking my dogs on Good Friday morning. Surely, I had better things to do. Surely, I should be meditating, fasting, writing; I should be doing anything more important than this.



0 comments

Keep Reading >>

We Need Private Absolution

Midweek Leftover: Sometimes when you prepare a delicious meal, you can’t eat it all at once. Sometimes everything a passage teaches can’t fit into one sermon. I enjoy leftovers, sometimes it is nice to use those leftovers to make a new dish. That is my goal with this leftover from Wednesday’s sermon.



0 comments

Keep Reading >>

Stop Calling Others Pharisees, You Pharisee!

An AshWednesday Leftover:  Sometimes when you prepare a delicious meal, you can’t eat it all at once. Sometimes everything a passage teaches can’t fit into one sermon. I enjoy leftovers. A good meal is worth eating twice. I hope you enjoy a couple of leftovers from last night's sermon:



0 comments

Keep Reading >>

Transfiguration Leftovers

Sometimes when you prepare a delicious meal, you can’t eat it all at once. Sometimes everything a passage teaches can’t fit into one sermon. I enjoy leftovers. A good meal is worth eating twice. I hope you enjoy a couple of leftovers from last Sunday’s sermon:



0 comments

Keep Reading >>

Jesus is Revealed!

A Blessed Epiphany from Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church!



0 comments

Keep Reading >>

A Day of Weeping and Great Mourning

December 7, the day “which will live in infamy”; June 6th, the day of heroism. September 11, “We will never forget”; Why do we remember these days? Those are days of tragedy when so many lost their lives, why do we commemorate them?



0 comments

Keep Reading >>

Older Posts >>

 
UA-87339066-1