Sermon for A Pent 15, September 13, 2020

Duane H. Larson, Senior Pastor                              

 Based on Genesis 50:15-21; Matthew 18:21-35

We are often inspired by true stories of forgiveness. Members of a black church publicly forgive a white young man for murdering several of their sisters and brothers at a Bible Study. An Amish community forgives the murderer of several of their children. In a Dallas courtroom a black man forgives the policewoman who killed his brother, testifying that he wanted her to know Christ’s own forgiveness of her, and then he crosses the floor and embraces her. Continue reading

Forgiveness and Reconciliation Sermon for A Pent 14 September 6, 2020

Duane Larson, Senior Pastor   

Based on Matthew 18: 15-20
Did you notice in the very first line of the gospel passage today that Jesus is said to have said this; “If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone.” And so on. The thing is, Jesus could not have said that simply because the church had not been established yet. Continue reading

Sermon for 13th Sunday after Pentecost – Series A, August 29, 2020

Sergio Rodriguez, Pastoral Intern

Matthew 16:24b:
If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

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

When I found myself sitting in Dr. MacKenzie’s History of the Reformation class, pondering whether or not to leave the Missouri-Synod, my mind fell to these words of Jesus; let them deny themselves and take up their cross. Was I to stay in the Missouri-Synod or finally leave them for good. Continue reading

Sermon for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost (A) August 23, 2020

Duane Larson , Senior Pastor   

Based on Mt. 16:13-20,
with reference to Romans 12:1-8 and Isaiah 51:1-6.

“Location, location, location.”   You know the phrase. That real estate agent slogan counts for everything when it comes to what gives value to a home. I don’t speak only of the monetary value. When we seek a place, we want it to be in decent shape, for sure. But we also prize its access to schools, culture, stores. Continue reading

Sermon for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost – August 16, 2020

Duane Larson, Senior Pastor 

Based on Genesis 45:1-15; Romans 11: 1-2a; 29-32; Matthew 15:21-28. 

Note: This sermon was delivered mostly extemporaneously. This text may not cohere exactly with what can be viewed and heard at the Christ the King Lutheran Church Facebook page or You Tube page for August 16, 2020. 

Greetings my dear sisters and brothers, near and far. It is good to be back. I’ve been away, of course, for the last few weeks on not so much a vacation, but a change of venue. There I was able to do some of my usual summer things, like major yardwork; patch up the 23 woodpecker holes in the cedar siding on the house; do just enough plumbing so that I had to call a real plumber; contract poison ivy. Again. You know, the usual summer stuff. Continue reading