Category Archives: Ethics

Poverty in Christ

Proper 24B: Ecclesiastes 5:10-20, Mark 10:23-31 Ever since those thirty pieces of silver, money has played a treacherous role in the life of the Church.  Why, even the Lutheran Reformation was launched on October 31, 1517, because of money!  Oh … Continue reading

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The Flood That Sanctifies

(Audio) Proper 12 B: Genesis 9:8-17, Mark 6:45-56 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. When you see a rainbow in the sky, what’s your first thought? Is it … Continue reading

Posted in Baptism, Ethics, Marriage, sermon

Stubborn Foolishness

Matthew 7:24-27 “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

Posted in Ethics, Life, Parable, sermon

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

Posted in Day of Resurrection, Ethics, Holy Week, Life, Missions, resurrection, sermon

Herself a Sinner and Saint

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Let me assure you that God has been faithful to my family, perhaps there will be a time where this will be able to be shared. Now is not that time. Please know that … Continue reading

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Holy and Perfect… Are You Sure?

Readings for Seventh Sunday After Epiphany: Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18; 1 Corinthians 3:10-23; Matthew 5:38-48 Dear holy people of Bethlehem Lutheran, for the Lord your God is holy, it can be weighing thing to hear the Word of the Lord on … Continue reading

Posted in Catechism, Ethics, sermon

Honestly, Thrivent… What I See Happening

Honestly Thrivent, I am disappointed in this news that no longer will great organizations will be eligible to receive funds. The LCMS response was pretty basic and simple, and while I agree it is not much other than this, expressing … Continue reading

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HHS Mandate and Religious Freedom

There has been much discussed on Facebook, Twitter, the blogosphere, and the news about the HHS enacting the “Affordable Care Act” and President Obama’s “accommodation” following the public backlash. Many have argued this to be outside of the church’s realm … Continue reading

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