3rd Sunday after the Epiphany

  Epiphany 3.19 “Get A Grip” Luke 4:16-30 The notion of a free gift sounds great at first to all ears. Something for nothing! Yea! Who doesn’t like free stuff? Well, lots of people, as it turns out. Most everyone, ourselves included, really, at least initially. Let’s

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2nd Sunday after The Epiphany

Epiphany 2.19 “Water to Wine at a Wedding Thing” John 2:1-11 John tells us in the last verse of one of my favorite Gospel pericopes that this water to wine at a wedding Thing was “the beginning of signs Jesus did”. And the natural question is “so,

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Baptism of Our Lord

Baptism of our Lord.19 “Dead Reckoning” Luke 3:15-22/Rom. 6:1-11 I was asked in bible class looking at our Gospel on the Baptism of our Lord: “Pastor: why do we just apply the water in Baptism to the head?” And I said “because Christianity is a head thing

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Epiphany

Epiphany.19 “Magic” Matt. 2:1-12 It’s a question no one asked till around the 16th century. The Magi: were they Kings or Magi or Magicians or Wise Men? For 1500 years or so, the pastors of the church kept enough Greek in their hip pockets to know that

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1st Sunday after Christmas – Vicar Steffen

Sermon for the First Sunday after Christmas, 2018 Berett Steffen There are a good number of scholars who think that think that the number one problem with Christianity today is that we don’t give the Holy Spirit enough credit. They think that he’s pretty neglected in the

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Christmas Day

Christmas Day.18 “He Became What We Are…” John 1:1-18 I’m not sure anyone since the apostles of our Lord has thought about the Incarnation of our Lord with more depth or more astuteness than Athanasius, the 4th century Egyptian church father. I’ve been spending a fair bit

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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve.18 “For You…” Luke 2:1-20 First off, a hearty welcome to those of you that I only get to see a few times a year. We’ve missed you, but more importantly, you’ve missed a lot since your last visit—when was it? Easter? No, maybe Mother’s Day?

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4th Sunday Advent

  Advent 4.18 “Peak You” Luke 1:39-56 I think every one of us has a peak in life, a time when we’re at our very best—when the world’s at it’s best, when everything just fits, when life is truly good. For some people, “peak you” lasts for

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3rd Sunday Advent

Advent 3.18 “Is Heaven for Heroes or Hobos?” Luke 7:18-35 John the Baptist last week set the moral bar shockingly high for us (as Baptists are wont to do)… saying: guys, if you have more than one coat, you’re over the line for appropriate Christian sharing! Tough!

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2nd Sunday Advent

Advent 2.18 “How Many Coats…?” Luke 3:1-20 At first glance, the Law that John preaches doesn’t seem so very difficult to keep, does it? Rethink your life and admit it: you could have done better. Could have been kinder, gentler, lighter. Could have gone to church a

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