Checklist Righteousness

Checklist Righteousness

In the name of the Father and of the ✠ Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. A checklist can be a useful tool.  We all use checklists, to help us to do all sorts of things.  A shopping list is a checklist you make for, say, a trip to the grocery store, to make sure you...
A Picture of Christ and His Bride

A Picture of Christ and His Bride

In the name of the Father and of the ✠ Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Gen 2:24; Mk 10:7–8a; Eph 5:31).  Just a few weeks ago, you heard this...
Prayer with Power…and Grumbling & Stumbling

Prayer with Power…and Grumbling & Stumbling

In the name of the Father and of the ✠ Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. Max Lucado is the Christian author of a number of best-selling books, including several on prayer.  In one such book, Before Amen, he makes this admission: Hello, my name is Max.  I’m a...
Servant of All

Servant of All

The sermon text for the 18th Sunday after Pentecost is from Mark 9:33–37 Who Is the Greatest? [33] And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” [34] But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued...
Mind Your Tongue!

Mind Your Tongue!

The letter of James, the brother of our Lord, is filled with practical advice for living out our daily lives.  But is it merely advice, or is there something more going on here? Is there a difference between practical advice and direct admonition from God?  Is there a...
He Has Done All Things Well

He Has Done All Things Well

The sermon text for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost is from Mark 7:31–37 Jesus Heals a Deaf Man [31] Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. [32] And they brought to him a man who was deaf...