September 21, 2016 Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

 

Proverbs 3:1–6, Psalm 119:33–40, 2 Timothy 3:14–17, Matthew 9:9–13

The Rev’d Dr. Jeffrey S. F. Nelson 

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Matthew has traditionally been associated with Levi, a tax collector mentioned by Mark and Luke. Tax collectors were Jews who collected taxes for the Roman state, often … Continue reading

September 15, 2016 James Chisholm, Priest

 

2 Corinthians 1:3–11, Psalm 116:5–9, Matthew 24:1–8

The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey S. F. Nelson 

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

James Chisholm, by all accounts, was an unassuming man. The rector of St. John’s Church in Portsmouth, Virginia in the early part of the nineteenth century, he was “not … Continue reading

September 14, 2016 Holy Cross Day

Isaiah 45:21–25, Psalm 98:1–4, Galatians 6:14–18, John 12:31–36a

The Rev’d Dr. Jeffrey S. F. Nelson 

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

The historian Eusebius tells us that Emperor Constantine directed that a complex of buildings “in the scale of imperial magnificence” be constructed in Jerusalem on the hill of Calvary. … Continue reading

September 8, 2016 Soren Kierkegaard, Teacher and Philosopher

 

1 Timothy 1:12–17, Psalm 22:1–11, Matthew 9:20–22

The Rev’d Dr. Jeffrey S. F. Nelson 

In the name Jesus. Amen.

Soren Kierkegaard, a Dane and son of a devout Lutheran pastor in the nineteenth century, was a philosopher and theologian. Referred to as the “Father of Existentialism,” Kierkegaard is known … Continue reading

September 4, 2016 The First Sunday of Creation (Year C)

(The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost [Year C])

Deuteronomy 30:15–20, Psalm 1, Philemon 1–21, Luke 14:15–33

The Rev’d Dr. Jeffrey S. F. Nelson 

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

While in Houston during my vacation, we decided to go to Galveston Island. This is now the second time I have visited … Continue reading

August 28, 2016 The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)

Sirach 10:12–18, Psalm 112, Hebrews 13:1–8, 15–16, Luke 14:1, 7–14

The Rev’d Dr. Jeffrey S. F. Nelson 

In the name of Jesus. Amen.

I did my undergraduate studies at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, the largest Lutheran university in the world. Many things distinguish Valparaiso University: an excellent faculty, a … Continue reading