Trinity 7 Sermon, 2017
Mark 8:1-9
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

I’m really excited about Lutheran theology.

I don’t think that surprises anyone.

I’ve said in bible classes and sermons and conversations that we—Lutherans faithful to the historic, Evangelical Lutheran Church—actually have the Gospel.

The implication, there, is that other church bodies don’t.

Today’s Gospel lesson provides a good example of what I mean.

What is the point of the miraculous feeding of the four thousand?


Trinity 6, 2017
Matthew 5:20-26
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

A good Sunday School question is “Are the Pharisees righteous?”

We’ve all been taught, and rightly, that they were not. They crucified our Lord. They murdered Him.

In one of His woes to the scribes and Pharisees, Jesus says, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. So, you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness” (Matthew 23:27-28).

In today’s Gospel lesson, Jesus teaches the Law perfectly; and we need Him to do that because we don’t get the Law.

We think we get it. We say we’d like to get it. But when it comes to getting the full-sternness of the Law, we Pharisees and hypocrites. We don’t get it, and we don’t want to.

Here’s what I mean. Are you a murderer?


Trinity 5 Sermon, 2017
Luke 5:1-11
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

What does God do in the presence of sinners?

He doesn’t always forgive them.

Have you ever said: “God loves the sinner and hates the sin.” Before we go any further I want you to know: I use this phrase. I don’t want you to stop using this phrase. But I also want you to know, it’s not that simple.


Trinity 4 Sermon, 2017
Luke 6:36-42
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

Are Christians hypocrites? By definition, we must say no. By definition, what’s a hypocrite? When a hypocrite “does” what he tells you “not to do,” how does a hypocrite respond? He defends himself, right?

He says, “Well, it was right for me to do it, and wrong for you. I know what I’m doing, and I know you’re a few steps behind. You would’ve hurt someone, but I’m under control.”

By definition, that’s a hypocrite. And, by definition, that’s not a Christian!

By definition, what’s a Christian?