Sermon for B Pentecost 25 November 11, 2018

Based on Mark 10:36-44

It was a crowded place, the temple courtyard. Pilgrims came from near and far to make their sacrifices and, fervid with hope that they might be consoled with some strong sense of the holy, at least enough holiness to take them in faith to the end of their days. As is always the case, there are those who need to play to the crowd with acts of self-justification, spreading wide their peacock feathers and making a big show of throwing their offering into the treasury. Continue reading

A Reformation Sunday Sermon after Tree of Life Saturday – October 28, 2018

 Based on Mark 10:46-52

            What should a would-be faithful pastor say today? It is all too much. Just too much. This whole week the shadow side of this nation has been exposed as more evil than we would ever want to imagine. The violence of rhetorical and real bombs and bullets gave way to a mass killing of sisters and brothers at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the largest event anti-Semitic violence in American history. Then as the usual demonic anti-liturgy began with its victim blaming that people of faith should be armed (!), haters simply amped up on their preferred networks with their anti-Semitic dog whistles about globalism and Jewish funded refugees headed to our –our?–promised land. On and on, the haters believe they have license to extend their toxicity and the talking heads who earn their money by performative outrage continue to stir up fear and hate in the vast innocent public majority. Continue reading

Sermon for the 20th Sunday of Pentecost

October 7, 2018
Based on Mark 10:2-16

It was a setup. The kind in which we could take some delight. And some delight this week surely is welcome. I refer to the artist “Banksy.” Banksy is a famed graffiti artist and prankster. He pranked bigtime this week. His picture of a girl reaching for a heart-shaped balloon was auctioned. When it sold for $1.4 million and was legalized, the art self-destructed. A shredder hidden inside the frame bottom remotely started up and destroyed most of the picture, its shreds hanging now below the frame. Continue reading

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost September 30, 2018

Karin Liebster
Pastor for Faith Formation

Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
Psalm 19:7-14
James 5:13-20
Mark 9:38-50

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.

Dear friends, we have come here to this place today trusting that it lets us find solace, hope, peace. Peace within us and peace among us.

Have salt in yourselves, disciples, and be at peace with one another.

After this week’s events in the nation’s capital, we find ourselves yearning for a secure pilot, something we can focus our attention on to understand what it is that is actually going on, and – something to pilot a way forward. Continue reading

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost September 23, 2018

Karin Liebster, Pastor for Faith Formation
Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston, Texas

Jeremiah 11:18-20
Psalm 54
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
Mark 9:30-37

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

A child in the first century Mediterranean world is a nobody. A child’s life is characterized by a complete lack of rights and lack of legal status. It is quite the opposite of how we welcome children in our Western world in the 21st century. Children have rights, and for those who have children in their lives, they are at the center of attention. Continue reading