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Proper 29 • Luke 23:27–43 • November 20, 2016
November 8, 2016 – 8:30 am | One Comment

By Mark A. Seifrid
The drama of the text unfolds in three acts. The first act is the way of the cross with Jesus’s word to the women who followed him on the way. The second act …

All Saints’ Day • Matthew 5:1–12 • November 6, 2016
October 25, 2016 – 8:00 am | 2 Comments

By Joel Elowsky
Crowds are always following Jesus looking for something. These crowds come from everywhere, not just the locals, and they’re filled with expectation. He always takes their expectations and transforms them into something more significant …

Reformation Day • John 8:31–36 • October 30, 2016
October 18, 2016 – 8:00 am | No Comment

By Travis J. Scholl
Commemorating the sixteenth-century events that came to be called the Protestant Reformation is more complicated than it used to be. Triumphalism—a certain weirdly coiffed presidential candidate notwithstanding—is no longer in vogue. We left …

Proper 24 • Luke 18:1–8 • October 16, 2016
October 4, 2016 – 8:45 am | No Comment

By Kent Burreson
The Persistent Church and the Long-suffering Lord
O Spirit, who didst once restore
Thy Church that it might be again
The bringer of good news to men,
Breathe on Thy cloven Church once more,
That in these …

Proper 23 • Luke 17:11–19 • October 9, 2016
September 27, 2016 – 8:30 am | One Comment

By Dale A. Meyer
This text speaks to our faith within the context of a changed America, a churched nation in our youth but now a country that gives the church no special privilege. This sermon can …

Proper 22 • Luke 17:1–10 • October 2, 2016
September 20, 2016 – 8:45 am | No Comment

By Rick Marrs
This is a difficult text for Lutherans to hear. We are more comfortable with texts about God’s grace, and being his children and heirs of his promises, but Jesus is prone to saying …

Proper 21 • Luke 16:19–31 • September 25, 2016
September 13, 2016 – 9:00 am | No Comment

By Thomas Egger
It is interesting to look at different paintings inspired by this Bible story. The rich man is surrounded by friends and servants and tables furnished with food, and his gaze is fixed on …

Proper 19 • Luke 15:1–10 • September 11, 2016
August 30, 2016 – 8:30 am | No Comment

By Erik Herrmann
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”
The parables of the …

Proper 18 • Luke 14:25–35 • September 4, 2016
August 23, 2016 – 8:30 am | No Comment

By Jason Broge
It is perhaps impossible to read this text and not be struck by the use of the word hate. Some commentators suggest this is a Hebraism, and should be interpreted as implying preference. The …

Proper 16 • Luke 13:22–30 • August 21, 2016
August 9, 2016 – 8:00 am | One Comment

By Jeffrey Thormodson
This focus of this text is about the baptized, to “those who are being saved”; verse 23 uses a present participle that identifies the hearer for whom salvation has already come. An individual …