St. John the Hensley

My newest grandson, John Peter Hensley, was baptized yesterday.  It happened to be on the commemoration of the martyrdom of John the Baptist.  Pastor Douthwaite preached a remarkably good sermon, tying both of those events together, linking John the Baptizer with John the Baptized.  Finally, he announced that just as we have St. John the Baptist, we now have, by virtue of his baptism, St. John the Hensley.

And as if that were not enough, throughout the sermon, he also tied everything into vocation.  A sampling (Adam and Joanna being his parents; Johnno being the Australian nickname for John):

Not all heard John’s preaching as good news. And Adam and Joanna, I can fairly surely say that you will not hear all of little Johnno’s preaching to you as good news – especially when he calls out to you at 3 am, calling you to your vocation as father or mother to come and feed him, or to change his diaper. But he will call out, whether you like it or not, because that’s his vocation right now, calling you to your vocation, and so being God’s gift to you. That you may serve as you have been served. That you may love as you have been loved.

You won’t believe how good this sermon is.  You have got to read the whole thing, which has more insights than I can summarize.  The sermon is posted here:  St. Athanasius Lutheran Church: Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist Sermon.

St. John the Hensley

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Winston Smith

    That is a magnificent sermon. Simple Biblical truths about law and Gospel, joy (as distinguished from happiness) and vocation together make a powerful statement about who we are in Christ and what our life is all about.

    Congratulations on the baptism of little St. John the Hensley.

  • Winston Smith

    That is a magnificent sermon. Simple Biblical truths about law and Gospel, joy (as distinguished from happiness) and vocation together make a powerful statement about who we are in Christ and what our life is all about.

    Congratulations on the baptism of little St. John the Hensley.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    Great sermon.

    Precious baby.

    Lucky you.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    Great sermon.

    Precious baby.

    Lucky you.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Booklover

    What a precious picture. He is the Lord’s.

  • Booklover

    What a precious picture. He is the Lord’s.

  • wrigley peterborough

    Will St. A’s ever undertake any kind of capital campaign? Such a great church deserves its own building.

  • wrigley peterborough

    Will St. A’s ever undertake any kind of capital campaign? Such a great church deserves its own building.

  • Micki Riddlebarger

    Beautiful sermon! Thank you so much for sharing it!

  • Micki Riddlebarger

    Beautiful sermon! Thank you so much for sharing it!

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    Good question, Wrigley, and thanks for asking. We have the goal, some day, of building our own building. If someone gave us the money, we would in a heart beat, but there is the rub! Then again, someone recently raised the question if that would be the best way to go. People come from all over to worship with us, in some cases driving over an hour just to get here. We are not just a localized congregation. Might we do better to stay without a building, as we continue to grow and prosper, maybe having an office but holding Bible studies and the like at far flung locations where our people are? We don’t know. It’s in the hands of God. We have been saving money towards that end. Is it possible to do a capital campaign that reaches outside of the congregation?

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    Good question, Wrigley, and thanks for asking. We have the goal, some day, of building our own building. If someone gave us the money, we would in a heart beat, but there is the rub! Then again, someone recently raised the question if that would be the best way to go. People come from all over to worship with us, in some cases driving over an hour just to get here. We are not just a localized congregation. Might we do better to stay without a building, as we continue to grow and prosper, maybe having an office but holding Bible studies and the like at far flung locations where our people are? We don’t know. It’s in the hands of God. We have been saving money towards that end. Is it possible to do a capital campaign that reaches outside of the congregation?

  • libertas

    It is a blessed day that he Lord has made! We rejoice with you in the life of your grandson. (I have two on the way myself….praise be to God!)

  • libertas

    It is a blessed day that he Lord has made! We rejoice with you in the life of your grandson. (I have two on the way myself….praise be to God!)


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