“The Message of the Cross”

The Third Sunday in Lent (B)
“The Message of the Cross”
March 4, 2018

Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 1:18–31

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father, and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Dearly Beloved of the Lord,

So this whole idea that from nothing, God created everything that is… everything that exists. It is all the work of His hands.

This whole idea that the creation of the entire universe, our solar system, this planet and all things on this planet came to be by the Word of God over just six natural, normal days.

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“Whatcha Buildin?”

The Seventh Sunday after Epiphany (A)

“Whatcha Buildin?”

February 19, 2017

Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 3:11–15

Peace be unto you from the One who is God incarnate, our Savior, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Dearly Beloved of the Lord,

On March 15, 1986, at 11:24 a.m. all was well at the Hotel New World in Singapore. It was just another day with hotel guests and visitors coming and going and the staff doing their respective jobs. Less than one minute later, this six-story building was nothing but a pile of rubble, flattened, trapping 50 people. Seventeen were rescued, thirty-three died.

Needless to say, there was a lot of initial speculation as to what caused this disaster and one by one, possible reasons for the same were eliminated until one remained. It wasn’t an earthquake, bomb, gas explosion, etc.

As it turns out, the building collapsed because of a faulty foundation. You see, the structural engineer miscalculated the weight that would be upon the same. He calculated the building’s “live load” (that is, the weight of the building’s potential inhabitants, furniture, fixtures, etc.) but completely omitted the building’s “dead load” (the weight of the building itself).

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“The Word of the Cross” – Part Two

The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (A)

“The Word of the Cross” – Part Two

January 29, 2017

Sermon Text: Micah 6:1–8, 1 Corinthians 1:18–31, Matthew 5:1–12

 Peace be unto you from the One who is God incarnate, our Savior, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Dearly Beloved of the Lord,

It is deafening what we hear all around us. The chatter and the clatter have certainly reached epic proportions. And this involving so many people… some cheering, others jeering… some tearing up… others fed up… some outraged, some incensed, some emboldened, some bewildered, some worried and fearful… and in many cases, for the exact opposite reasons as others.

A lot of people talking, but few really listening… to others, each other, out of a sincere desire to know and really understand where another individual, a fellow human being is coming from.

A lot of people talking, but few listening and this, especially in regard to the Lord our God and what He is saying. Notice, that is not past tense, for I am not only referring to what God has said in the past, but here and now and what He will say in future, for however many days there is left here on earth.

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“The Word of the Cross” – Part One

The Third Sunday after Epiphany (A)

“The Word of the Cross” – Part One

January 22, 2017

Sermon Text: – 1 Corinthians 1:10-18

 Peace be unto you from the One who is God incarnate, our Savior, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Dearly Beloved of the Lord,

One could rightly look at today’s sermon theme entitled “The Word of the Cross” (Part 1) and smile in that, truth be told regarding the sermons that have been preached from this pulpit, the theme could read, “The Word of the Cross” (Part 26,341)!

If there is, thankfully, one aspect or characteristic which sets apart Lutheran preaching… and should be true of all Christian preaching… it is that again and again the Word spoken is the Word of the Cross.

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