Scandal is a word that draws our attention. We always want to know more about a scandal, so we lean in to listen. The Gospel is exactly that, a scandal of gargantuan proportions that beckons us to lean in to learn more.
Sermon Index – Rev. Benjamin Delin
At times we only rely on Jesus when we think we’re desperate. May you learn to let Him be the Savior of the world in all things.
We are constantly reminded of Jesus’ compassion and concern for the one needy person. It isn’t just a show with Jesus. He demonstrates in private the same character that He does with a large crowd, compassion.
If you're putting on the full armor of God this must mean you're going into battle. To be the slightest bit scared is a good thing. Take the battle seriously and be strengthened in the Lord.
We can't understand marriage without understanding Christ's marriage to the Church.
Knowing whose you are often shapes who you are. In baptism, you belong to God.
The removal of a bad habit is tough. Adding a good habit is difficult as well. To do both at the same time is beyond challenging. God calls us to this life in His name.
The creeds are a wonderful gift given to the Church. While they were crafted by humans, upon reading this text we learn that the content of the creeds was divinely given to Paul. He lays out the outline for the creeds for us which unites the Church for eternity.
Many times it is difficult for a modern reader to consider the circumstances that we endured at the time any particular Biblical text was written. Lamentations might be one of the most difficult of circumstances to consider.
You can do the right thing the wrong way and the disciples find that way in our text. The go to God with their troubles...but, oh my, their question! In spite of their lack of faith, Jesus still hows himself to be the object of faith.
This passage from Genesis seems familiar in so many ways. But the resolve of the story is otherworldly.
David? What is Jesus doing? Is this relevant? The Pharisees don't think so, but they got more than they bargained for.
Much of the powerful Trinitarian theology that we know is build from the groundwork laid by the Old Testament. Isaiah's vision of one of them.
Here's a little bonus for Trinity Sunday.
What a great day it must have been to have worship begin with a mighty wind, tongues of fire and speaking in languages the Apostles never learned. However, these are all the commotion around the main event, but not the main attraction themselves. So if Pentecost isn't about those 3 things then what is the main point of Pentecost?
The Christian life revolves around its Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Or at least it should. Jesus Christ is the center of our life, or at least He should be.
As we make the annual revolution around the life of our Lord, we notice that there are several events that we stop at and make a big deal out of, just like we do with our own life when we celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and our Baptismal birthday. These are particularly defining events.
Some of the defining events in the life of Christ are Christmas, Good Friday and Easter. Yet, what we sometimes fail to realize, is that among the significant events in the life of our Lord, there are not just 3 but 5. Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, His Ascension into heaven, and then there’s one that hasn’t happened yet, His 2nd coming.
The first three we wouldn’t think of missing and the fifth one sells lots of books. But it’s easy for the Ascension of our Lord to slip by hardly noticed.
The result of our lack of attention to the Ascension of our Lord is a heavy dose of misunderstanding about it. I have a hunch that many people think that Christ’s work began on Christmas and ended on Easter, and now that He’s got the mess on aisle 5 cleaned up there’s no more need for Him to hang around any longer, so away He goes. But that's not the cause, there is a lot that we gain from the Ascension and a proper understanding of it. This is a festival of great importance!
We may think that we know what love looks like. But is it possible (and even more likely) that our understanding of love has been taught to us by the world and not by God? But where is this template for love found in Scripture?