Posts tagged “Kingdom of God

Sermo Dei: Septuagesima 2017

Posted on February 20th, 2017

February 12, 2017 • Matthew 20:1-16 • Immanuel Evangelical-Lutheran Church, Alexandria, Virginia On Bourbon Street in New Orleans, a sign advertises a so-called gentlemen’s club. It’s not for gentlemen. This particular den of iniquity is called “Temptations.” The gaudy neon sign displays an apple. The devil himself is mocking the people there: “I don’t even have to try with you, because either you humans don’t know your own story, or you’ve relegated it to myth. You are easy prey.” But the audacious display of hedonism is not the only shingle the devil hangs out. In more refined places, his signs are lit with a softer glow, the lettering elegant, the product respectable. He has written “Temptations” with invisible ink. And you buy what he’s…

The kingdom merits the sons

Posted on April 18th, 2014

The Kingdom of God is not being prepared but has been prepared, while the sons of the Kingdom are being prepared, not preparing the Kingdom; that is to say, the Kingdom merits the sons, not the sons the Kingdom. -Oswald Bayer

The Kingdom merits the sons

Posted on April 2nd, 2012

The Kingdom of God is not being prepared but has been prepared, while the sons of the Kingdom are being prepared, not preparing the Kingdom; that is to say, the Kingdom merits the sons, not the sons the Kingdom. –Oswald Bayer. Living by Faith: Justification and Sanctification

Epiphany

Posted on January 17th, 2012

Matthew 2:1-12 January 6, 2012 The ancient message to the children of Israel rang out in Advent: Behold, your King comes to you! The angelic message to shepherds rang out on Christmas Eve: The Christ is born in the City of David—David, the great king, whose Son would reign forever. Then on Christmas Day, we sang the prophecy: “And the government shall be upon His shoulder.” Now tonight, Epiphany, we recall with joy that this King is for all people, even us, as Gentiles come from afar, asking, “Where is He who is born King of the Jews?” News of a new king is, to Herod, a threat. And so it was to all Jerusalem, shaken and trembling at this question, “Where is He…

Trinity 23 sermon

Posted on November 15th, 2009

Trinity 23 texts: Proverbs 8:11-22; Philippians 3:17-21; Matthew 22:15-22 Bianca Ehling was baptized at this Divine Service. It’s early in the week – just a day after Palm Sunday, the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem. The crowds hail Jesus as their king. All Jerusalem is abuzz. “Messiah has come!” It is time, the Pharisees decide, to solve this Jesus problem once and for all. So the Pharisees conspire with the Herodians to lay a trap for Jesus. The Herodians were a Jewish political party that was loyal to King Herod; a key part of their platform was submission to Roman rule. Together with the Pharisees, they try to put Jesus in a no-win situation. They ask, “Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar,…