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Advent IV, and my first Baptism!

This is my last Advent sermon. It’s about the Temple, the Annunciation, and the Baptism of a little boy named Noah (which made the Flood Prayer even a little bit better than usual). Texts: 2 Samuel 7:1–11,16; Romans 16:25–27; Luke 1:26–38. I look like a pirate in the screen capture.

Make Way for the King of Hearts

My pastor’s sermon from this past Sunday.  The title above is what I have assigned to it.  The bold is mine. “And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David” Luke 1:32 Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Crown Prince William and his wife Kate were in New York City […]

Very Short and Very Sweet Martin Luther Devotions

What does Martin Luther have to say about the inner-life of the Christian?  Newly translated comments on Bible texts for every day of the year are now being made available free of charge by Lutheran Press.  Simply “like” Lutheran Press on Facebook to receive Luther’s intriguing insights daily. Lutheran Press, started by pastors Paul Strawn […]

John and Isaiah, Mary and Elizabeth

This is the sermon from last Sunday, the 2nd of Advent (I’m a little behind) and the shorter sermon from our second midweek service. The first one considers the prophecy from Isaiah 40, “A voice cries: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. […]

Why Does God Come to Us in Bread and Wine?

Today, I have been asked to give a short message at a “convocation” here at Concordia University St. Paul.  I believe I am one of some 8 panelists.  We will each be talking about an illustration of our choice from the Saint John’s Bible, which the school is hosting for this year.  Here is what […]