Trinity 3 Sermon, 2017
Luke 15:1-10
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

The parables of Luke chapter fifteen are some of the most memorable. The one-hundred lost sheep, the ten lost coins, and the two lost sons. The first two parables are part of today’s Gospel lesson, but Jesus tells these three parables for the same, very specific, reason:

“The tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear [Jesus]. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, ‘This man receives sinners and eats with them’” (Lk. 15:1-2).

“So…” and it’s as if Jesus says, “So…in direct response to your grumbling about the Son of God receiving sinners…” “So, he told them this parable” (Lk. 15:2-3).

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Trinity 2, 2017
Luke 14:15-24
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

Who are you in today’s parable?

Parables teach us about the reign and rule of God through His Word. So where do you fit in?

Perhaps you’ve heard that parables are “earthly stories with heavenly meaning” or something like that, but that’s not very helpful.

Parables teach us specific things. They teach regarding the reign and rule of God through His Word.

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Trinity 1 Sermon, 2017
Luke 16:19-31
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

“We are all beggars. This is true.”

These are the last written words of Martin Luther, and they convey perfectly the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in general, and today’s Gospel lesson in particular.

And—we hate it.

We don’t want to be beggars.

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Trinity Sunday, 2017
John 3:1-15 (16-17)
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

Where are Church and State separate?

I don’t ask because there’s one answer—I ask because there are so many answers.

Some people will tell you that the two are, or at least should be, completely separate.

Some people will tell you that the two are inseparable.

For the Lutheran Church, and even for Luther himself, describing the place of the State in the life of the Church is a difficult task.

Here’s why this is important—and here’s why it’s this is important in the context of Trinity Sunday.

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Pentecost, 2017
John 14:23-31
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

Define “peace.”

Would you agree that “peace,” as we use the word, can be defined as “the general absence of trouble”?

I think that’s a fair place to start—but is that how Jesus uses the word peace?

Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27).

But what kind of peace did Jesus have?

Or what about this: When Jesus speaks of peace, the peace that He possesses and gives to us, what’s going on around Him?

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