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LCMS-U Fall Presentation: Tuesday October 28th, 2014 6:30

Do Human Rights Need Religion?

UWM Student Union (Wisconsin Room) 
Featuring Dr. John Warwick Montgomery, Inernationally renowned Christian apologist and human rights scholor, and Dr. Angus Menuge, President of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. 


17th Sunday After Trinity

The Reverend Brian T. German

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.
The idea of having special places to sit is a very old one.  In ancient Israel, for example, only kings could sit on the royal throne.  In Egypt, it’d be reserved for the Pharaoh.  This kind of thing continues in our own day.  If you go to a graduation ceremony, the president or principal sits up front.  Throughout my childhood, only dad sat at the head of the table.  True, I might have challenged him for it once or twice, but it never ended well for me.

Etiquette tends to keep things orderly.  On a very natural level, our Lord’s parable makes sense: “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast,” he says, “do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place.”  The reading we heard from Proverbs puts it this way: “Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence or stand in the place of the great, for it is better to be told, ‘Come up here,’ than to be put lower in the presence of a noble” (Prov. 25:6-7).  We can resonate with this.  At my first department meeting, I was very conscious about not sitting in the seat that belonged to the department chair.  No one wants to be embarrassed.

Somewhat less clear, at least at first glance, is why Jesus accepted the invitation to sit and dine with the Pharisees in the first place.  He had already done this sort of thing a little bit earlier in His ministry—that is, healing on the Sabbath (Luke 6:6-11)—and it didn’t turn out so well; he was in hot water with this group ever since.  As much as I enjoy dinner invitations—and I do enjoy them—I wouldn’t be too fond of being invited somewhere just to be watched, as today’s account describes it—especially not on my day off from work, as the Sabbath would have been.  In fact, this time it took place at a ruler’s house.  The stakes were raised.

16th Sunday After Trinity

TEXT: LUKE 7:11-17; EPH. 3:13-21; 1 KINGS 17:17-24
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ; Dear hearers of the Word made flesh:

Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. The large crowd entering the city could be termed a procession of life!  It was a joyous throng, filled with expectation and hope! The center of their attention was a young man named Jesus.  His popularity was at an all-time high!  He had healed many of their diseases.  There was anticipation about what this prophet from Nazareth might do next?  We might aptly call this great crowd that followed Him a procession of life!

Not so the procession leaving the city for which the center of attention was also a young man.  As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her.  Two thousand years later we still refer to her as the widow of Nain.  But before she was a widow she was a bride and a mother.  She had received the love of her husband.  She had carried her son in her womb.  She had nursed him at her breast.  When her husband died she was comforted that she still had her son to love.  In that culture he would be her security in old age.     But now her son as well as her husband had been torn from her by death and she walks toward His burial.  That’s the reason for the procession going out the gate – one that could best be termed a procession of death.

Picture these two crowds - these two processions – these two streams of people - who met at the gate of the city called Nain.  A greater contrast could hardly be pictured than the contrast between them.  At this gate - a procession of life met a procession of death!  

14th Sunday After Trinity

Vicar Zachary Marklevitz

Jesus was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. This area that Jesus is passing along was typically occupied by Samaritans and other unclean people according to the Jews. It was not necessarily considered a prestigious area. In fact, the Jews wanted nothing to do with the Samaritans. The Samaritans were viewed as idol worshipping apostates to be shunned. Samaritans no longer belonged to the Jews, for at best they were half-Jews because of intermarriage with Gentiles.

As Jesus is passing along, he is met by ten lepers. From a distance they lift up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” Lepers were considered physically and spiritually unclean. These lepers wanted to be cleansed. “Have mercy on us.” At this point, these lepers have lost all hope. They were desperate. They were known as ‘walking dead men.’ They lift up their voices and give an urgent plea, or a Kyrie, to Jesus, “Have mercy on us.”

This is because leprosy is a terrible disease. At the time it defied all medical skill; it was incurable. It’s mention struck fear into the hearts of those who heard it – perhaps similar to the word “Ebola” today. It not only effects through the veins and even the bones, but it also breaks out on the skin. Leprosy covers the whole body, giving the person an appearance inspiring loathing and nausea. Everyone fled from them, for they gave off a foul stench; and since even the nearness of such sick people could infect others. Everyone who was stricken by this fearful, potentially contagious disease had to leave his or her family and pass this miserable, mournful life in unpopulated regions. Often after long suffering, that person would die there.


So Jesus responds to the lepers, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” Why is Jesus sending them to the priests? Jesus’ purpose in sending the lepers to the priests is to fulfill the Old Testament, but also to do something more. Jesus sent the lepers to the priests because the priests were the ones to declare if someone was clean or unclean. Once the lepers were traveling to the temple, it was by faith. They had confidence from Jesus’ previous healing activity that they too will be healed as they follow his command to go to the temple. This was a fulfilling of Moses and the entire Old Testament because the leper’s sacrifices at the temple will foreshadow Jesus’ own bloody sacrifice.

15th Sunday After Trinity

TEXT: MATTHEW 6:24-34; 1 KINGS 17:8-16; GAL. 5:25-6:10
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us form this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. (Galatians 1:1)

You cannot serve God and money. The Greek word is “mammon” and it means more than money. It means also possessions, success, worldly things. You cannot serve God and mammon. Jesus spoke these words to people of lesser economic means – not economic giants. To tune out His words and apply them to others whom we consider to be “wealthy” – is to go deaf to words we need to hear. The lure of possessions is universal! No one, rich or poor is immune to the danger of serving - the things – the possessions – the stuff of this world. Jesus here - speaks also to you!

You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? The word “anxious” pops up repeatedly in the few verses of our Gospel. In much the same way real anxiety pops up repeatedly in the short span of our lives. Do not be anxious about your life…which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life…do not be anxious saying, “what shall we eat…or drink…or wear?”…do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.

How easily our thoughts go round and round in anxiety - in a worrisome circle. We can easily become intoxicated with this world – with its needs and demands and pursuits – and with minds intent on striving for more. We can get fretfully busy – trying to be bigger than we are. After all - you must make the right decisions at the right time in the right manner with the right outcome – or you won’t have more – more approval – more life – more security – more things. You must fill up your calendars and your coffers or you might not have enough – enough stuff - enough control –. Worry/worry/worry! 

13th Sunday After Trinity Sept 14, 2014

TEXT: LUKE 10:23-37; GAL. 3:15-22; 2 CHRON. 28:8-15
Rev. Kenneth W. Wieting

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father to whom be the glory forever and ever.  Amen. 

A lawyer stood up to put him to the test…”Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  A specialist in religious law - this lawyer knew the answer from the Torah.  He asked the question anyway - “Teacher what must I do to inherit eternal life?”  All the other questions in his conversation with Jesus only help to answer this primary question.

Jesus responded with questions of His own.  “What is written in the law?  How do you read it?”  The lawyer was now forced to voice the answer that he knew before he ever asked the first question.  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”  Jesus accepts his answer – “You have answered correctly; but then He put this lawyer in an indefensible position – do this, and you will live.”


You – not someone else – do this – not an approximation of this!  You – love – that is agape love – with deeds and actions with sacrificial passion and commitment – with sincerity and truth!  You – love – the Lord your God – do not love what God gives you – do not love what you imagine God to be – but love the Lord your God.  You – love – the Lord your God – with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.  In other words – love God with all of you – with every fiber of your being – with boundless love every moment of your life!  Do this and yes - just one more thing – (love) your neighbor as yourself.  Jesus said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.


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