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On God and the government

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on October 21, 2020 at 1:50 PM

Matthew 22:15-22

 

“Is it lawful to pay taxes or not?” the religious leaders come asking. Because in Jesus’ day, this kind of question made you take sides and the leaders were trying to ask trick him into saying something that would get him hated by one group of people or the other.

 

You see, this tax was an annual reminder for the Jewish people that they were ruled by the occupying Romans and every coin they gave supported a regim...

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Change out of your sweatpants and put on the weddng robe!

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on October 12, 2020 at 8:55 AM

A sermon on Matthew 22:1-14


 

Having watched enough wedding show on TV, I know that this parable is not how wedding celebrations are supposed to go. Especially not ROYAL wedding celebrations. They’re supposed to be over the top celebrations where everyone wants to be- to eat the free food and to be seen by the important people. But Jesus tells a story that doesn’t make sense- w...

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Being reasonable is not enough when it comes to forgiveness

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on September 14, 2020 at 1:35 PM

Matthew 18:21-35


 

When is enough finally, enough, Jesus? That’s what Peter’s asking this morning. Fresh off hearing how we’re invited to confront our siblings in Christ when they have harmed us and welcome they back if they change their ways, Peter says what some of us were thinking.

 

So Jesus, um, some people mess up A LOT. They keep doing the same stupid thing over and over. And they don’t get any better. It̵...

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Owe no one anything, except to love one another

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on September 7, 2020 at 3:20 PM

Romans 13:8-14

Matthew 18:15-20


Owe no one anything, except to love one another. That’s what the apostle Paul says in the book of Romans this morning. This is the whole law summed up. In a world full of laws and obligations, we followers of Jesus have just one responsibility to each other. Just love.


Which seems too simple, doesn’t it? I mean, we have a whole Bible full of stories and laws. We have all those confusing parab...

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Easter Sunday reflection

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on April 21, 2019 at 7:45 AM

Luke 24:1-12


But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here...

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Holy Saturday reflection

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on April 20, 2019 at 7:40 AM

Luke 23: 50-56


Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph, who, though a member of the council, had not agreed to their plan and action. He came from the Jewish town of Arimathea, and he was waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid it in a rock-hewn tomb where no one had ever been laid. It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginnin...

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Good Friday reflection

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on April 19, 2019 at 8:55 AM

Luke 23:26-49


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The Crucifixion of Jesus

As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus. A great number of the people followed him, and among them were women who were beating their breasts and wailing for him. But Jesus ...

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Maundy Thursday reflection

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on April 18, 2019 at 8:20 AM

Luke 22:14-34, 39-46


When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.’ Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, ‘Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingd...

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Spy Wednesday reflection

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on April 17, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Luke 22:1-6


Now the festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was near. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Jesus to death, for they were afraid of the people.


Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve; he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers of the temple police about how he might betray him to them. They were greatly pleased and agreed to give hi...

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Holy Tuesday reflection

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on April 16, 2019 at 7:35 AM

Luke 21:1-4


[Jesus] looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.’


Jesus is in Jerusalem during the festival of the Passover.  Lots of pilgrims have come to the...

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