Sermon: John 8:31-36

“If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”  And the Jews who had believed in him answered against him.  It’s what the Greek text actually says, that they spoke against Jesus.  They didn’t...

Sermon 1 John 4:7-21

Early in our text this morning John tells us, “Whoever does not love does not know God.”  How does one know if they love others according to God’s standards?  If someone does do well in loving others, what happens if they slip up and show an act of un-love? Does that...

Sermon: Acts 4.5-12

You try to do something nice for a guy, try to proclaim the gospel and pronounce healing and forgiveness over him and what do they do?  They bring you to court.  Being only weeks removed from the death of their beloved Jesus, the experience must have been somewhat...

Luke 24:36-48

Waiting around in the upper room must have been awful for the disciples.  But what do you do after the man you’ve followed and dedicated your life to for the last three years is brutally killed.  After the first few hours, reflecting on the whole event must have been...

John 12:20-33

This morning’s passage from John has more than its fair share of paradoxes; statements that seem contrary to common understanding.  The most obvious and confusing one is when Jesus tells us that those who love their life will lose it and those who hate it will keep...

John 2 – The Wedding at Cana

Today we are going to talk about Jesus Christ and his signs. Signs are very important. Road signs may tell us the legal speed limit or inform us that we must stop at an intersection. Signs on stores give us clues as to what sort of products we might expect to find...

Sermon: 2 Kings 5:1-16

This morning’s text from 2 Kings tells us the story of Naaman, a man for whom almost everything seemed to be going his way.  Almost everything.  He was the patriarch of a household well off enough to have servants.  He was also a mighty and valiant warrior who won...

Good times at the 6-9 Grade Ski Retreat

Life has been rather busy at the Bible Camp lately and so my ability to write a good theological blog is temporarily diminished. Therefore, you will receive a snapshot of how our 6-9 grade ski/snowboard retreat went this weekend. “We will be studying two stories...

Bad Romance

The other morning while driving to work I listened to an interview of singer/songwriter Leslie Feist.  During the course of the interview, Feist made the comment that any romance that ends, for what ever reason, doesn’t end well. What she said reminded me of an...

Large Catechism IV: 41-42

I read and am reflecting on this short and beautiful section of the Large Catechism today. “Therefore, every Christian has enough in Baptism to learn and to do all his life.  For he has always enough to do by believing firmly what Baptism promises and brings:...

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