God in the Dock—Good Friday 2017

God in the Dock—Good Friday 2017

God in the Dock April 14, 2017 Good Friday George Martin Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa MN   (Please note: This is the 3rd in a Sermon Series that began with Good Friday, and then Holy Saturday. All were indebted to the work of Alan E. Lewis (Between Cross and Resurrection) and Hans vonBalthasar (Mysterium Pascale). The main theme is that whenever the story mentions “Jesus” we should immediately conclude that this “the story of God”!)  We speak of…

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God in the Grave—Easter Saturday

God in the Grave—Easter Saturday

God in the Grave: Easter Saturday Sermon April 15, 2017 Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa MN George Martin   (Please note: This is the 3rd in a Sermon Series that began with Good Friday, and then Holy Saturday. All were indebted to the work of Alan E. Lewis (Between Cross and Resurrection) and Hans vonBalthasar (Mysterium Pascale). The main theme is that whenever the story mentions “Jesus” we should immediately conclude that this “the story of God”!)  I attended…

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God in Time — Easter 2017

God in Time — Easter 2017

God in Time Easter Sermon April 16, 2017 George Martin Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa MN (Please note: This is the 3rd in a Sermon Series that began with Good Friday, and then Holy Saturday. All were indebted to the work of Alan E. Lewis (Between Cross and Resurrection) and Hans vonBalthsar (Mysterium Pascale). The main theme is that whenever the story mentions “Jesus” we should immediately conclude that this “the story of God”!) It’s highly likely that the…

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The Insider Problem (3/26/2017)

The Insider Problem (3/26/2017)

The Insider Problem Sermon for Lent 3A March 26, 2017 George Martin Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa MN I confess that I am and have often been an insider. Now what does that mean? Well, when I went to grade school in Toledo, Ohio in the late 1940s and through the 1950s all of my classmates were looked just like me. The only person of color who I ever saw on a regular basis was my mother’s cleaning lady….

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God’s Persistence (3/19/2017)

God’s Persistence (3/19/2017)

God’s Persistence Sermon for Lent 3, March 19, 2017 Based on John 4:1-41 George Martin Lutheran Church of the Cross We pastors can sometimes be very hard to understand. God knows all too well the times I’ve failed in the pulpit. I‘ve always loved the story of the Scottish pastor of whom it was said that he was invisible on six days of the week, and incomprehensible on the 7th. Today’s sermon is light on theology. It’s story. In particular…

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Ash Wednesday “God’s Name is Love”

Ash Wednesday “God’s Name is Love”

Ash Wednesday “God’s Name is Love” George Martin (3/1/2017—Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa MN) We have a curious set of readings: The Old Testament prophet Joel saw a day of darkness and gloom on the horizon. The Lord was declaring to God’s people, “Return to me.” But come with fasting, with weeping and mourning. Know, Joel said, that you return to your God who is gracious and merciful. Then we heard Matthew using the version by Eugene Peterson in…

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What the World Needs Now

What the World Needs Now

What the World Needs Now Sermon for Epiphany 6, Feb. 12, 2017 Based on Matthew 5: 21-26 The Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa MN Pastor George Martin The title of my sermon is “What the World Needs Now” — what I’m going to talk about isn’t love. If you can please turn off the song in your heads. I like to tell you that the sermon was one where all the pieces just flowed together, but that wasn’t the…

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Salty Christians

Salty Christians

Salty Christians Sermon for Feb. 5, 2017 Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa MN Matthew 5:13 Pastor George H. Martin What did Jesus mean when he said “You are the salt of the earth.” Salt as you know can be used to flavor food. Or you can salt a piece of steak before it’s grilled and it will make the texture of the steak easier to chew. Up here we salt our roads and sidewalks. For centuries people salted meat…

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What Does It Mean to Be a Disciple January 22, 2017 Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa MN Pastor George Martin Based on Matthew 4:12-23 This past Wednesday morning, at our church’s text study group, I asked “What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?” There was silence around our table. They looked to me for an answer, but I was looking to the 12 or 13 around the table. At the moment I just couldn’t think of…

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“Our Jewish Story”— Sermon for 1 Christmas

“Our Jewish Story”— Sermon for 1 Christmas

“Our Jewish Story” Sermon for January 1, 2017 —1 Christmas Lutheran Church of the Cross, Nisswa, MN George Martin In our tradition our new year is a month old. Christians started the church year on the first Sunday of Advent. This day (January 1st) is called the first Sunday after Christmas. Even thought the commercial world doesn’t know it, Christmas continues for us. It’s almost better this way. My concession to this being a new year is that I created…

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