Sermons

Pentecost (Jn 14:23–31; Acts 2:1–21)

Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

Spirit. Fire. Tongues. Languages. That’s what happened in our text. When we look at our text, we see the Spirit apparently putting on a big show, and so we think that’s what the Spirit’s all about. Big show. Big signs.

This sort of thinking is what allows false preachers to run rampant with false signs of the Spirit. Allows multitudes to be duped by false tongues, either of the person’s own making, or of another spirit’s making. Allows many to be drawn after other things as signs of the Spirit: good feelings, positive thinking, emotional highs, empowerment for more fulfilled living. In those preachers and those who follow them, the prophecies of Jesus and Paul come true.

But all those sorts of “spiritual” things aren’t Pentecost at all. That’s not the life of the Spirit. It’s not true spirituality, not true Christianity. You see, Pentecost isn’t back-then sort of stuff. Pentecost isn’t some distant memory. The Holy Spirit’s dwelling among us isn’t a one and done thing. We don’t have to reclaim anything to get the Pentecost sort of Spirit back. You see, the life of the Spirit, true Christian spirituality, Pentecost is here and now sort of stuff. Pentecost, the Spirit’s work continues—in the here and now, for you, for your benefit. In fact, it’s happening today—and every Lord’s day for that matter! Continue reading

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Sermons

Pentecost 26C (Lk 21:5–28)

November 13, 2016
Bethlehem Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO
Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

We confess the Nicene Creed quite often. There’s a lot to unpack in that Creed. It simplifies and boils down all of Scripture into a short statement of what Christians believe from the Bible. Our Gospel text today gives us the chance to look more closely at one line. “He will come again in glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.” That’s what Jesus is talking about in our Gospel. When Jesus talks about the end of all things or when the Last Day is brought up in other parts of the Bible, we begin to wonder about these things and ask some questions. When will Jesus return? How will He return? Why will He return? Continue reading

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