5th Sunday in Lent

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, 2019 Berett Steffen Jesus tells today’s parable standing in the Jerusalem temple, surrounded by skeptical people and downright p.o.’d priests, scribes, and temple bigwigs. This is exactly the kind of audience Jesus likes, because he gets to tell his most

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4th Sunday in Lent

Lent 4.19 “No Matter What I Do…” Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 It was probably 10 years ago. I came home from church one weekday evening and found my wife and two kids huddled together on the couch over an old, slim, white paperback. They were laughing so hard

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3rd Sunday in Lent

  Lent 3.19 “Bless Their Hearts!” Luke 13:1-9 We live in a literally crazy world. The vast majority of people are completely stark raving bonkers. Christianity alone sees the world as it really is, people as we really are. But, IT doesn’t go over too well in

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2nd Sunday in Lent

Lent 2.19 “Stand Your Ground Savior” Luke 13:31-35 The three days at the heart of our Gospel today have confused lots of people—“scholars” especially! Most people think Jesus’ line that He must “journey today, tomorrow, and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should

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1st Sunday in Lent

Lent 1.19 “Devilish” Luke 4:1-13 I hate the devil. I know that’s nothing profound or anything, I mean heck, we all do, right? But for me, I think sometimes it goes much more beyond this. For instance (and this may be unfair of me) I can’t for

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The Transfiguration

Transfiguration.19 “Falling” Luke 9:28-36 Going up on a mountaintop sounds like a great thing. But for folks in bible times, for some still, mountaintop experiences are deadly. Sometimes, people fall off mountaintops and die. Happens all the time. Moses died on top of Mt. Nebo, not long

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Matthias, The Apostle Sunday

St. Mathias.19 “The Lot Fell…” Is. 66:1-2, Acts 1:15-26, Matt. 11:25-30 I love all the saints’ days, which is why we’re looking at St. Mathias today, because Feb 24 is his day on the church calendar. I love them because the saints are just like us except

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6th Sunday after the Epiphany

6. Epiphany 5.19 “Jesus Saves” Luke 6:17-26 Today I’ve got a classic three-point sermon for you. I don’t think I’ve ever done a three point sermon (because the Gospel seems always to have a single point, in my reading) but it felt like a nice change-up from

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5th Sunday after the Epiphany

  Epiphany 5.19 “Sink to Save” Luke 5:1-11 The thing that gets me about this Gospel and that few seem to notice much is this part of the story: Jesus gets Peter to do Him a favor and let Him use Peter’s boat, to sit in it

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