Quietly in the night (Christmas 2017 Message)

Nativity of the Lord Christmas Eve—Proper 1 Years ABC On the same date: Fourth Sunday of Advent Old Testament Isaiah 9:2–7 Psalm Psalm 96:1-13 New Testament Titus 2:11–14 Gospel Luke 2:1–20)   The birth of Jesus takes place without fanfare.  No billboards, no public service announcements and no blimp in the sky.  Maybe if He … [Read more…]

Jesus’s Birth, Drop Your Security Blankets

This is the sermon that was delivered at First Lutheran Church, South Sioux City NE. on December 24th at the 11 PM Service. Isaiah 9:2-7 Psalm 96:1-13 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-20 Here is the link to the audio only version.


Below is a post about traditions.  This post is on the website of the Church I serve at, First Lutheran Church, South Sioux City Nebraska.  http://www.flcssc.org   This time of the year can be steeped in traditions.  Sometimes we don’t even recall when or why a tradition was started.   Traditions have their place, to … [Read more…]

John Testifies to the Word, Son Incarnate, for All

Sunday, January 3, 2016 Second Sunday After Christmas Old Testament  Jeremiah 31:7-14 Psalm  147:12-20 New Testament  Ephesians 1:3-14 Gospel  John 1:1-18 JOHN 1:1–18 The bolded text is this author’s additional explanation to the reading as translated by N.T. Wright. 1 In the beginning was the Word. The Word was close beside God, and the Word was … [Read more…]

Tell the Good News, Be the Light

Currently the sermons and services are not being recorded at Calvary. Sorry for any  inconvenience this may have caused. Thursday, December 24, 2015 Christmas Nativity of the Lord Old Testament Isaiah 9:2-7 New Testament  Titus 2:11-14 Gospel  Luke 1:1-20 The time of Advent, the time of waiting for the birth of a savior can be … [Read more…]

What about Christmas Anyway?

Audio Version Isaiah 9:2-7 Luke 2:1-20 When I first went to write this sermon, I wondered how I was to write a Christmas sermon, after Christmas Eve or Christmas day. Today, technically in the church year, is the first Sunday after Christmas but it is also the season of Christmas in the church year. I … [Read more…]

The Purpose of Christmas: Time for Reconciliation

Based upon the Book, The Purpose of Christmas, by Rick Warren Audio Link Video Link Luke 2:8-14 Matthew 22:34-40 Welcome to our third Wednesday in Advent.  It may seem like a very short Advent this year, since we only had three Wednesdays to celebrate and worship.  As it so happens, my plans lined up with the … [Read more…]