Lent for All (Part 2)

The Lutheran reform of Lent consisted chiefly in Luther's rejection of works of satisfaction in the sacrament of penance which were traditionally assigned to the penitent during the Lenten season to obtain God's forgiveness. The reform of the sacrament of penance shifted the onus from the "doing" of the penitent (works of satisfaction) to the absolution of God (Word of forgiveness).

Gospel: Luke 13:1-9 (Lent 3: Series C)

We’re tempted to try and connect the dots. Something bad happens to someone and we can’t help but wonder about the cause. Even if we don’t say it out loud, we are tempted to think they must have done something to deserve it. They must be guilty of something. God must be punishing them for something we don’t know about. But Jesus stops this thinking in its tracks.

Talking Shop: Luke 13:31-35

Pastors Paul Koch, Tim Barkett, Ernie Jeong and Matt Nolte invite you into their weekly translation group as they discuss the Word of God and how it might be proclaimed to their congregations. Music: "In the Name of the King" - Willing Virginia

Lent for All (Part 1)

Lent can be an intimidating time for evangelical preachers. It may seem as if it belongs to the Roman Catholic Church and straying into such territory would be unnatural and, so, unwelcome. But it need not be so, as Lent is a gift to the Church from the Church. It belongs to all Christians who desire to be conformed to the likeness of our Lord. It belongs, therefore, to gospel preachers

First Principles of Preaching: The Verb Itself (Part 2)

The Christian sermon is Gospel preaching. We only preach the Gospel. Only the Gospel is the sermon, notwithstanding necessary admonishments of law and requisite exhortations toward sanctification. The verb has content - Gospel - or else the verb preach does not apply and, for that matter, neither does the noun “sermon”. Something else is happening, call it what you may, but it is not a sermon and one has not preached.

Old Testament: Deuteronomy 26:1-11 (Lent 1: Series C)

. A possible preaching point is the reversal we see in the life of Christ. In the Deuteronomy passage the people are given instructions on how to give offerings when they are led out of the wilderness into the Promised Land of Canaan. In the Luke passage, Jesus leaves the Promised Land to go out into the wilderness as the Sin-bearer to take our sins back to Satan (and then to the cross). God gives great blessings to His people, but only through the One who is a substitute in our place, His Son.

Gospel: Luke 4:1-13 (Lent 1: Series C)

There are two ways to think about what’s happening when someone is tempted. The first is to imagine temptation as enticement toward something bad and wrong. This is probably the more common of the two. But there’s another way of thinking about it. Temptation could also be seen as encouragement away from something good and right. Lent begins with an opportunity to contemplate Jesus’ temptation, and the second seems more helpful.

Talking Shop: Luke 4:1-13

Pastors Paul Koch, Tim Barkett, Ernie Jeong and Matt Nolte invite you into their weekly translation group as they discuss the Word of God and how it might be proclaimed to their congregations. Music: "In the Name of the King" - Willing Virginia

Luke 9:28-36

Pastors Paul Koch, Tim Barkett, Ernie Jeong and Matt Nolte invite you into their weekly translation group as they discuss the Word of God and how it might be proclaimed to their congregations. Music: "In the Name of the King" - Willing Virginia

Old Testament: Deuteronomy 34:1-12 (Transfiguration: Series C)

Joshua takes over the role as leader of Israel, but he is seen as Moses Himself in the words; “So the people of Israel obeyed him and did as the LORD commanded Moses” (v. 9). This transfer of leadership took place earlier with instructions from the LORD. Later, the LORD God shows His favor and presence with Joshua in the parting of the Jordan and other signs which suggest Joshua is the new Moses… but he is not!