14th Sunday after Pentecost

S. Pentecost 14.19 “The Whole Following Thing…” Luke 15:1-10     You know how often I say “this is my favorite bible passage!”? Long-time members will smile; I’ve said that about so many passages that most people probably think I just love every single passage in Holy Scriptures

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13th Sunday after Pentecost

S. Pentecost 13.19 “The Finest Hour” Luke 14:25-35     Famous lines, much quoted in our Old Testament and Gospel lessons today: Moses’ “I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you—I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life…” And Jesus’ “For

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12th Sunday after Pentecost

S. Pentecost 12.19 “The Glory of God is to Conceal” Luke 14:1-14     “The glory of God is to conceal a matter/ but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.”     This line from our Old Testament reading unlocks the mysteries hidden deep in

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11th Sunday after Pentecost

S. Pentecost 11.19 “Heaven’s Gate” Is. 66, Luke 13:22-30     So… what does Heaven look like? It’s a question of eternal interest. In our Old Testament reading today, Isaiah gives the most concrete picture of Heaven we get anywhere in the Bible. It’s brief, but powerful, and

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10th Sunday after Pentecost

S. Pentecost 10.19 “If There’s  A Flamethrower In A Story…” Luke 12.49-56     Sometimes I think Jesus could really have used a good PR Director. And I say that as someone who’s heard from more than a few friends/editors over the years: “You can’t say that! We

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9th SA Pentecost Seminarian T. Sheridan

Pentecost IX 2019 (Proper 14) St. Luke 12:22-40 Our Savior Lutheran Church Raleigh, NC The old saying goes that familiarity breeds contempt. We’re familiar with Christ’s miracles, which we confess in creed, adore in song, and invoke in prayer. In our recitation of the Nicene Creed, we

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8th SA Pentecost – Vicar Bartelt

“Christ our Liturgist not our Lawyer” 8thSA Pentecost: Our Savior, Raleigh Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. The Old Testament reading we have before us today is a tough one. Its content is vexation

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7th Sunday after Pentecost

S. Pentecost 7.19 “The Power of Prayer” Gen. 18, Luke 11:1-13     The power of prayer is something modern Christendom is much impressed by and talks about ceaselessly. Jesus’ promise “ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will

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6th Sunday after Pentecost

S. Pentecost 6.19 “Having Jesus for Supper” Luke 10:38-42     Have you had Jesus for Supper at your place lately? How’d it go? That’s the question in our Gospel today; I’d say it’s the ultimate question. I’d say your Life depends on it.     I anticipate resistance

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5th Sunday after Pentecost

S. Pentecost 5.19 “Who’s My Neighbor?” Luke 10:25-37     So I know how often you’ve heard me lament going to pastor’s conferences. Well, this week the two vicars and I were at a conference with other pastors. And I want to tell you: it was… excellent! I

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