Sermons from February 2016

Do you need more time?

The readings this week are about repentance, and so it makes sense that we talk about how we are called to something greater than simple songs in our worship, but how we are turned around by God in our repentance. “So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel. […]

What do you want to hear?

The Word of God is something that is central to all of these readings, and as we see in the readings, the prophetic Word of God often causes sinners to reject it when they hear it. As we consider the use of Word in worship, from the readings to the other places where God’s Word […]

How important is this?

This week’s readings all tell us something about the concept of worship, which kicks off our Lenten series about what worship is and how we worship. We see that throughout time – from the Israelites worshiping in Deuteronomy to Paul’s understanding of the Word being near – that God works in and through worship to […]

Why are you here?

The “celebration” of Ash Wednesday is actually the beginning of a fast, the fast of Lent. Throughout the Bible, God’s faithful people would memorialize a time when they saw that they had to turn around and repent (the word “repent” literally means to turn around). It was a time of recognizing where one had lost […]

What is your excuse?

About the 4th Sunday after Epiphany: In this Sunday’s Gospel from the lectionary we have another incidence of Jesus performing miracles, but here it is specifically His healing and demon-casting miracles that are highlighted. We consider what it means for Jesus to be not only the healer of the body, but also his divinity that […]

Who do you think you are better than?

About the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany: This could be also be called “the Sunday of the Law”, but in it, we see how Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law of God, and how He has inaugurated new commandments that are in sync with God’s commands to Israel. And all the people gathered as one […]