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Articles by Rick Marrs

Easter 7 • John 17:20–26 • May 8, 2016
April 26, 2016 – 9:00 am | No Comment

By Rick Marrs
Our text is the end of Jesus’s High Priestly Prayer. Parts of the rest of this prayer, 17:1– 19, are texts for the same Sunday in different years (John 17:1-11 in Series A …

Proper 13 • Ephesians 4:1–16 • August 2, 2015
July 21, 2015 – 9:10 am | 2 Comments

By Rick Marrs
Paul has regaled the Ephesians with rich spiritual blessings they have in Christ (Eph 1), how both Jews and Gentiles are saved by grace alone through faith alone (Eph 2), how the mystery of the …

Proper 27 • Amos 5:18–24 • November 9, 2014
October 28, 2014 – 10:00 am | No Comment

By Rick Marrs
The words of the first writing prophet, Amos, come to us only five times in the three-year lectionary, and only once during the Series A year in this pericope. It is paired with important New Testament …

Concordia visits the Holy Land
October 8, 2014 – 2:09 pm | 9 Comments
Concordia visits the Holy Land

Nineteen students, and one professor, walk where Jesus walked.

Proper 28 • 2 Thessalonians 3:(1–5) 6–13 • November 17, 2013
November 5, 2013 – 7:00 am | One Comment

By Rick Marrs
Since becoming a seminary professor, I have been unpleasantly surprised at the number of lay people who have told me that they do not believe their parish pastor is working very hard. Note that this …

Peacemaking in Our Parishes
April 10, 2013 – 7:14 am | 2 Comments
Peacemaking in Our Parishes

Rick Marrs recently wrote a piece for the Rural and Small Town Mission program of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. LCMS Rural and Small Town Mission “supports and encourages rural and small-town congregations in engaging their …

Proper 27 • 1 Kings 17:8–16 • November 11, 2012
October 30, 2012 – 7:00 am | No Comment

By Rick Marrs
The kingdoms of Israel and Judah had been in spiritual decline for two centuries. Starting with Solomon’s syncretism (1 Kgs 11) and the division of the kingdom (1 Kgs 12), Israel was ruled …

A glimpse into the past (and future?) of the LCMS
June 8, 2012 – 10:02 am | 5 Comments
A glimpse into the past (and future?) of the LCMS

Did German Lutherans in America wait too long to start speaking English?

Epiphany 4 • Deuteronomy 18:15–20 • January 29, 2012
November 25, 2011 – 1:00 am | No Comment

by Rick Marrs
When considering each text for preaching, pastors are called upon to ponder how the law of that text is speaking to the pastor as well as to the parishioners who will hear his sermon. …

What would you like your local Baptist Christian counselor to understand?
September 9, 2011 – 1:59 pm | One Comment
What would you like your local Baptist Christian counselor to understand?

Many Lutheran pastors find it challenging to know who to refer their beloved parishioners to for psychological, marital, or family counseling. If you had 30 minutes to engage a local non-Lutheran counselor in your area, what would you say?