Sermons

Winkel—Holy Cross Observed (1 Cor 1:18–25; Jn 12:20–33)

Immanuel Lutheran Church—Bremen, KS || AUDIO

INI + AMEN.

We’re all a bunch of fools! We’re morons! Can you think of anything more ridiculous than what we do? There isn’t much, according to the “wisdom of the world.” Those who are high and lofty, those who are wise, those who are strong, those who are something, want to be something, can be something may grant some foolishness—foolishness for the sake of entertainment. Society needs people who make life not so serious, after all. Comedians, actors, entertainers, magicians, circus ringmasters. Funny. Not fools.

But we—we are bunch of fools! We really are! Not because of us, but because of Him. Because we preach—preach Him. But not just Him. What He did. “We preach Christ crucified, which is scandal to Jews and foolishness to Greeks, but Christ, God’s power and wisdom, to those who are called (whether Jew or Greek).” Christ is “God’s power and wisdom” because Christ “is God over all, blessed forever.” The eternally blessed God, the Creator of the universe “for us and our salvation came down from heaven,” and “was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.” Continue reading

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Winkel (1 Cor 1:18–2:2)

INI + AMEN.

This is more of a meditation than a sermon per se, and it’s fitting that we’ve gathered as brothers today. Not only is it good to continue to rejoice together in the Easter season, but we’ve also had two commemorations that apply to us pastors especially. One was yesterday, and the other one is today. Yesterday was the commemoration for Johannes Bugenhagen, Martin Luther’s own pastor in Wittenberg. Today we commemorate and remember the great theologian Anselm of Canterbury.

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