Sermon for C Lent 2 March 17, 2019

Duane Larson     Christ the King Lutheran Church     Houston, TX
Based on Luke 13:31-35

            I have a confession to make. Many of you probably have anticipated this. Some days I take solace in animal stories and videos. This past week again with evil’s action of murderous white supremacy in New Zealand was such a time. The animal world often shows promise of what’s possible for humans. Or not. A few weeks ago in the Adult Forum I told of the Science magazine discovery that dolphins get high off the toxins of the puffer fish. Continue reading

Homily for Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Ashes.
Come to think of it, ashes are bewildering. They are frightening, proof of the destructive power of fire, a final statement of something gone, someone lost. Ashes are not part of everyday life, not since we’ve stopped using wood or coal in our homes.

Wildfires destroy communities, ashes fill the air miles and miles away, spreading the breaking apart, the tearing up, making it difficult and dangerous to breathe far far away.

I remember the towers of the World Trade Center imploding, disintegrating into clouds of ashes. People, the whole world that day covered in ashes. Continue reading

Seventh Sunday after Epiphany February 24, 2019

Karin Liebster , Associate Pastor

Genesis 45:3-11, 15
Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40
1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50
Luke 6:27-38

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

Love your enemies. Do good, bless, pray.
Sisters and brothers, we are asked to cut loose and trust. Cut loose the weight on our shoulders and in our hearts that we carry with us in the sagas and dramas of our family histories, and in the weight we feel in the tribal, uncompromising fights of our time. Continue reading

Sermon for C Transfiguration Sunday – March 3, 2019

Duane Larson     Christ the King Lutheran Church     Houston, TX

Based on Ex. 34:29-35; 2 Cor. 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-43a
The funny thing about Christianity–and by “funny” I do not first mean comical–is that even from its inception in texts like all of today “transfiguration stories” the veil over human minds means that every Christian gets it both right and wrong. We hear the Good News of God’s wonderful grace that sets us free from all self-concern so better to care for the wellbeing of our neighbors and we Christians even do it for a time. Then, maybe the next week day our itchy ears and need for control lead us to give even loyalty for a time to people whose words could not be further from the gospel. It is as if we have that mystical mountaintop high which we want to hold for ever and then at the foot of that very same mountain we can’t understand why we can’t fix the world’s problems. Sometimes it seems as if the whole human race has gone epileptic. Continue reading

Sermon for C Epiphany 6, February 17, 2019

Duane Larson    Christ the King Lutheran Church   Houston, TX   

Sermon for C Epiphany 6, February 17, 2019
Based on Luke 6: 17-26

I have a new favorite cartoon from The New Yorker. I expect you know how droll their cartoons can be. Their insights on human foibles are always of the “I wish I’d said or done that” kind. This one was seasonal, for Valentine’s Day. Cupid is at the counter of an optometrist. His bow and arrow are sitting on the counter next to a circular display of different glasses. Cupid is wearing some Harry Potter-like round rimmed glasses and says, “This changes everything!” Continue reading