Sermon for Reformation Sunday 2016

Reformation Sunday.16 “Free, Indeed” John 8:31-36 Freedom. It’s what our country is built on—at least a certain ideal of freedom. Freedom. It’s what Jesus promises us in our Gospel today. Freedom. It’s what the Lutheran Reformation, the 499th anniversary of which we celebrate today, is all about

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Sermon for the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost 2016

Pentecost 23.16 “On (Properly) Despising Others” Luke 18:9-17 Jesus tells a story this morning to the righteous about properly despising others. And there is part of me (maybe a part of you?) that goes “Yeah! Now You’re talking, Jesus! Here’s some practical life application stuff that we’ve

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Sermon for the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost 2016

S. Pentecost 22.16 “Limp Away” Luke 18:1-18 And this, this might just be the whole point: of Scriptures, of Christianity, of everything, right here. Jacob’s wrestling, all night, with the Angel at Peniel, beaten, battered, defeated; yet limping away with Divine Approval, new name, a new way

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