Reminiscere (Lent 2) Sermon, 2018
Matthew 15:21-28
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

Several years ago there was a trend in American Christianity to wear Christian flair marked with WWJD? which asked the question “What would Jesus do?” and supposedly encouraged better behavior in the Christians that wore such things.

However, the authors of that motto must have forgotten that one possible answer to the question “WWJD?” is to insult a woman by calling her a dog after ignoring her and letting her be rebuked by the disciples. (more…)

This sermon is part of a Lenten pulpit exchange between Trinity Lutheran Church in Girard, Illinois, Zion Lutheran Church in Farmersville, Illinois, and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Carlinville, Illinois. It was first preached as the Lent 1 Midweek sermon at Trinity–Girard.

Psalm 2 Sermon (Lent Midweek 2), 2018
Psalm 2; Matthew  23:27-39
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

This will be neither the greatest sermon you’ve ever heard nor the most enjoyable one.

I say—up front—that some of what I have prepared to say to you will make you uncomfortable.

Prove from Scripture that I am wrong—and I will gladly sing a different tune.

But if you can’t—perhaps you should read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest what God says and let your life be formed by His Word.

I don’t care if you agree with me. I don’t say that in meanness. Rather—and I know you’ll agree with me—more important than whether or not you agree with me, we should all agree with God. (more…)

Invocavit (Lent 1) Sermon, 2018
Matthew 4:1-11
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

We don’t get the fullness of the temptation of Christ.

If the choice is either the devil or a full stomach, that’s an easy choice.

If the choice is either the devil or an eventual death, that’s an easy choice.

And if the choice is either the devil as our god or the lack of worldly riches, even that, for us, is an easy choice.

If that’s how satan tempts us, we should never sin, because those choices are easy.

But there’s more to temptation than simply asking “God or…” (more…)

This sermon is part of a Lenten pulpit exchange between Trinity Lutheran Church in Girard, Illinois, Zion Lutheran Church in Farmersville, Illinois, and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Carlinville, Illinois. It was first preached as the Ash Wednesday sermon at Trinity–Girard.

Lenten Pulpit Exchange (Sermon 1), 2018
Psalm 22; 1 Peter 4:12-19
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

Have you heard the news that the Pope wants to change the Lord’s Prayer? (more…)

Quinquagesima Sermon, 2018
Luke 18:31-43
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

We’re beginning, today, with the end of the Gospel lesson, because we need to understand what’s at stake.

“Jesus said to him, ‘Recover your sight; your faith has made you well’” (Luke 18:42). That’s how it was read a few moments ago, but that’s not quite right. (more…)