Author Archives: Country Preacher

Collapsing Two Ways

The great Economist(?) Ernest Hemingway said that bankruptcy happens two ways: First gradually, then suddenly. I think Colleges are going to be taking a whirlwind tour of those two phases in the next couple of years. I saw a headline … Continue reading

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Funeral Societies

Our Lord instructs us to be innocent as doves and wise as serpents. Sometimes, I think people misinterpret this to mean we are to be credulous as Charlie Brown running toward the football, and stuck in an ivory tower pondering … Continue reading

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By Their Fruits You Will Recognize Them…

Those words from this past Sunday’s Gospel reading ran through my mind when I saw a recent document from our seminary in Saint Louis. They have new COVID-friendly guidelines for the chapel service. Oddly, it isn’t on the chapel page. … Continue reading

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Sermon for Trinity 8

Sermon from Sunday, in which I explain the importance of doctrine. We’ve been hearing about the growth of the Christian for the last couple of months – how we mature in the faith, growing in faith toward God and in … Continue reading

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Manual of Style

Every publisher has a manual of style. So does every college for their masters and doctoral theses. CPH has one for authors. Their own variant to properly express our theology. Turns out I sort of do as well. When I … Continue reading

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Sermon for Trinity 7

Jesus does two miraculous crowd feedings: The 5,000 and the 4,000. The 5,000 is a bigger miracle – he feeds more people with less food. For that one, each loaf feeds 1000. Today’s miracle is only 571 people per loaf. … Continue reading

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Descriptive or Prescriptive

This one is a bit inside baseball. I’ve been thinking a lot about our doctrine and practice for the last 40 years or so. In conversations about what we should be doing, if you bring up our confessions (e.g. “The … Continue reading

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Sermon for Trinity 5

I’ve found it interesting that, even during the season of Trinity, when the focus is on our growth as Christians, that the church’s lectionary switches themes each week between how we live out our faith in the world (third use … Continue reading

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Sermon for Trinity 4

By the time I get back to the office and can post my sermon, sometimes the week is far gone. But in case you couldn’t attend church on Sunday, here is my sermon. The text is Luke 6, about judging … Continue reading

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Sermon for Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist was actually June 24 (exactly half-a-year from Christmas.) But this was preached on the Sunday following, June 28, 2020. And what with one thing and another, it was finally posted today. So here … Continue reading

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