Joined to Christ: Betty Krause’s Funeral Sermon

In the beginning, God spoke light into being, calling forth day and night and time itself into existence. Soon, God separated the water from the land and made plants to bring forth fruit. The sun, moon, and stars, God gave for signs and seasons. The air, soil, and oceans soon moved with birds, fish, earth-bound […]

Mark 4:35-41: Jesus Stills the Storm

Jesus Stills the Storm No one’s life should be a ship, floundering adrift in faithless fear. Did God not create us for wonder, joy, hope, and love, to marvel at the mystery of existence? In our original sinlessness, divine beauty surrounded us as we grew in God’s wisdom, brightening the world in which we lived. […]

Genesis 7-9, 1 Peter 3, John 3: Roger Getz’ Funeral Sermon

In 1949, a new child entered the world, Roger Getz. Typical of many in Missouri, he grew up in a small town, Flat River. Now, this may mean nothing to you. Perhaps, this might help. In January 1994, Flat River, Elvins, Esther, and Rivermines merged to form Park Hills, eight miles south of Bonne Terre. […]

Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30: Chrestos to Christos to Kerdos

Under house arrest in Rome, Paul can no longer travel. In earlier days, he twice journeyed to Philippi, disembarking at the port of Neapolis. Now, trekking overland, the closer he approaches the city, the more Latin signposts speckle the landscape. Upon entering, wherever Paul turns, Roman Temples and Latin inscriptions fill the eye. The city’s […]

Matthew 18:21-35: 70 x 7

“Up to seven times,” Peter blurts out, stipulating how many times somebody should absolve another.  The Jewish rabbis of his day said someone met this obligation after forgiving three times (Babylonian Talmud, Yoma 86b-87a).  With more than double what these religious men expect, Peter considers himself most charitable.  Why Jesus didn’t mention the offender repented […]

Romans 13:1-7: For Whom Does the Sword Swing?

Some days or years before our first parents bit into the forbidden tree’s fruit, God founded both Church and family.  In a love unknown to us and a closeness beyond our imagining, Adam and Eve worshiped God.  Though not like we do, to receive His forgiveness and salvation.  No, they required none, yet.  “Be fruitful […]

Matthew 16:21-28: Your Cross and His Cross

At last, somebody understands Jesus!  Earlier, He tossed this query toward His disciples, “Who do people suppose the Son of Man is?”  Above the others, Peter rose, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”  Happy with the reply, Jesus responds, “You are Peter [petros].  On this rock, [petra, your confession] I will […]

Romans 12:1-2: A Living Sacrifice

After explaining how God saves, Paul now waxes lyrical.  With the depths of God as his topic, he embarks on an exclamation of praise.  First, he seizes a word connected to the sea’s immeasurable depths so we can fathom, in some way, God’s vast riches.  From earlier in Romans, we realize these riches are all […]

Jesus in the Storm

The day began as Jesus withdrew to a deserted place to be alone.  Later, in the afternoon sun, He ascends atop a mountain to pray.  Again, Jesus seeks solitude, far from both crowds and followers.  Earlier, our Lord told His disciples to take to the water in a boat—but this time, He lets them go […]

Isaiah 55:1-5: Delight in the Richest of Fare

A water vendor, a part of ordinary commerce in ages past.  Most did not live next to a stream, and sometimes access to a well became problematic.  So, in typical entrepreneurial fashion, someone recognized a need and found a way to profit.  Thus, the merchant and customer both benefited. Still, is this not an unusual […]