Author Archives: Christopher

Funeral for Matthew Reddeman

(Note: Matthew tragically took his life. This is posted for those who may need comfort during such a time as well.) (Note: This hymn on the side is the hymn referenced, listen to it sung by Lutheran youth at a … Continue reading

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Stubborn Foolishness

Matthew 7:24-27 http://stpetersarlington.org/stubborn-foolishness-pentecost-6-july-1-2018/ “What are you building?” Little children ask that question when they play with Legos. I’m sure I asked it when I used to play with my Lincoln Logs. What are you building? I’ve heard members ask other … Continue reading

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Breathed Upon

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Breathed upon. No one likes being breathed on. Usually because there is a case of halitosis. Even when they’ve disguised the smell with mint or some such, the fact is that … Continue reading

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No April Fools!

Listen Here from the Festival Divine Service Alleluia, alleluia, Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, alleluia! The resurrection of Jesus is both a matter of fact and a matter of faith. It is a matter of fact in that … Continue reading

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Good Friday Sermonettes

Listen here: A series of short sermonettes (alternating between Pastor Amen and Vicar Brown) highlighting different aspects of our Lord’s Passion. In between the conflation of the Passion of the four gospels from the LSB Altar Book.

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Faith of a Child: Maundy Thursday

Listen here Most every child and parent goes through it. It’s late in the evening, kids are tired out, and they are placed safely into the car seat. Not ten minutes into the ride home they are sound asleep and … Continue reading

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Palm and Passion: Celebration to Victory

Listen here It was the palm branches that made this day unique, and then again, it wasn’t. For centuries, the church has memorialized today, the first day of Holy Week, as Palm Sunday because of the palm branches and cloaks … Continue reading

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The Test: Lent 1

Listen here In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Our culture is quite smitten with the yin-yang symbol from Chineses Taoism philosophy. In the dark half there is a contrasting dot … Continue reading

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Transfiguration: What He Meant

Listen Here In the story of the ugly duckling, the true beauty of the swan is revealed in the end. Until the beautiful swan is recognized for whom he truly is, he is mocked and ridiculed by the ducks. He … Continue reading

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Hope for Life

Listen Here Who’s asking about hope? Who’s gonna ask about our hope? And why would they have to ask us, Mister Apostle Peter? Wake up and smell the progress! I mean, welcome to the Roman Empire! You’re writing during the … Continue reading

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