Author Archives: Country Preacher

Sermon for Trinity 25

I’m always impressed on snowy days by the members who go above and beyond to make it to church. I remember one day years ago, snow drifts had almost blocked the parking lot. A saintly old member was just grinding … Continue reading

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One Year Switch

Many pastors are considering switching to the Historic One Year series, and Advent 1 is probably the most common time to make the switch. If you are a pastor about to switch, good for you. The stated reason of the … Continue reading

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Chaste and Decent

The old catechism explanation of the sixth commandment said “Chaste and decent life in word and deed…” The “new” (1986) translation is less… appropriate for small children. That shouldn’t be a concern in using the small catechism. I know of … Continue reading

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Reformation Sermon: Matthew 11

Today’s sermon is once again multimedia. Audio first, with print below the jump. “The kingdom of heaven suffers violence.” John has been thrown into prison for the crime of preaching that Herod’s adultery and incest was a sin. He would … Continue reading

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How to Celebrate Reformation Day: Go to Church

Gregory Nazianzen once said in a sermon how happy he was to see everyone in church for Epiphany (Epiphany was like Christmas back then). He said it was way better than the previous Sunday when everyone skipped church and he … Continue reading

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Catch-22

They say the key to building an online audience is to write everyday. If I want to have a following of people who will purchase my books, I need to blog regularly. But, I also have a parish, a Visitorship, … Continue reading

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Sports Analytics

I’ve been a pastor for over 20 years. I’ve seen a lot of people in a lot of different situations. My parishes have been mostly older however, and I’ve talked to people at the end of life as they reconsider … Continue reading

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