Last Sunday was Holy Cross Day, an ancient celebration that originally commemorated St. Helena (Constantine’s mother) supposedly finding the “true Cross.” You have got to see what our pastor, Rev. James Douthwaite, does with this, taking the occasion to plunge into some of the deepest waters of Lutheran spirituality, the theology of the Cross. [Read more…]
Last Sunday, the sermon was about that puzzling passage in which Jesus seems at first to reject the Canaanite woman (Matthew 15:21-28). Pastor Douthwaite solved that puzzle in a definitive way in a sermon that was incredibly profound and helpful. [Read more…]
Last Sunday’s sermon was a great take on the feeding of the five thousand. Pastor Douthwaite saw in the account a contrast between the pragmatism of the disciples and the compassion of Jesus. [Read more…]
Two Sundays ago, the sermon was on these parables from Matthew 13:
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.
These are usually interpreted as the Kingdom of Heaven being so valuable that we need to do everything to get it, but Pastor Douthwaite pointed out that the Old Testament reading for the day, Deuteronomy 7:6, says that God’s people are His treasure. And that . The one who spent the most valuable thing He had to buy something He wanted was Christ redeeming us (1 Peter 18:20). The ones who are buried and covered are us (Romans 6:4). Therefore, you are the treasure in the field. You are the pearl of great price. Christ has paid everything for you. [Read more…]
In church last Sunday, Pastor Douthwaite’s sermon dealt with the question St. Paul raises, Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? (Romans 6:12-23). In doing so, he explored the paradox that much of what the world calls freedom, the Bible calls slavery. [Read more…]
Last Sunday, our pastor preached on the text about the apostles’ lottery for who would take Judas’s place among the Twelve (Acts 1:12-26). Joseph-called-Barsabbas-called Justus was the apostolic loser. Later, he couldn’t even get elected to be a Deacon! But tradition said that he would die as a martyr to the faith, which was the same fate as that of the apostolic winner, Matthias. The sermon turned into a profound exploration of vocation. [Read more…]