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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4th Sunday after Pentecost – Vicar Steffen

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, 2019 Berett Steffen                 “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” Jesus says these words to the seventy men he sent out as his

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3rd Sunday after Pentecost

S. Pentecost 3.19 “The .7 Percent Solution” 1 Kings 19:9-21; Luke 9:51-62     Our Gospel lesson really speaks to me today. Loudly. As a messenger of Christ myself, I can relate to James and John. Like them, I’m sent ahead to prepare people for Jesus’ Arrival. But

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2nd Sunday after Pentecost

S. Pentecost 2.19 “Unsought, Found” Is. 65:1, Luke 8:26-39     Our Old Testament reading puts us in a rather strange situation that, at first, can seem quite confusing: God says “I was sought by those who did not ask for Me; I was found by those who

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