Author Archives: Country Preacher

Sermon for Trinity 22

A couple of days late, but if you’re still pondering the Gospel reading from Sunday, here are a few thoughts: God’s intended work is not punishment. It is not retribution. It is mercy. God wishes to show mercy to all. … Continue reading

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Sermon for Commemoration of Johannes von Staupitz

Our Second Wednesday Divine Service coincided with the commemoration of Johannes von Staupitz this year. Appropriate for Reformation 500… Today we commemorate a rather obscure saint – but a very significant one. When Luther was a monk, he didn’t have … Continue reading

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Sermon for All Saints Day (Transferred)

This past week, there were a number of memes that mocked Lutherans as heretics, and mocked the Romanists as followers of the anti-Christ. All in good fun, of course. Reformation Day is when we remember the Reformation. All Saints day … Continue reading

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Freedom and Bondage

Last night in Bible Class we were talking about discipline in the church, specifically with regard to liturgical matters. With essentially three exceptions, the New Testament does not prescribe a set form of worship like the Old Testament does. Leviticus … Continue reading

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Luther and Reformation 500!

I’ve written about this book before. I love it so much I scanned, lightly edited, and republished it (for the first time in almost 100 years.) It’s Gustav Just’s biography of Martin Luther. It’s actually available as an e-book on … Continue reading

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Not Just an Internal Problem

Every so often on Facebook or in response to a blog post, someone will ask, “Why are you publicizing the church’s problems? This is in house and should be kept in house.” The same thing is often said by those … Continue reading

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Sermon for Michael Mass

I had two requests to post this sermon. I think it may have more examples/illustrations than any other sermon of mine for quite a while. But it seemed to work. So here it is. A common way of interpreting Matthew … Continue reading

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