Author: Phillip Brandt

Pentecost 9, 2024

Some of my pastoral and professorial colleagues advertise and lead tours to famous places like Israel, the sites of the missionary journeys of Paul, Reformation sites, or other classic destinations.

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Pentecost 8, 2024

What a bizarre Gospel reading this week. Mark recounts for us the story of John the Baptist’s martyrdom. Was he, not Stephen the first Christian martyr? Or was he the

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Pentecost 7, 2024

The Sundays after Pentecost can be hard. The Bible can be hard to read. It sometimes tells me things I do not want to hear. Ezekiel’s call vision is one

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Pentecost 6, 2024

Inside and outside – here is the tension we get to deal with this week in the Gospel reading. I am not sure that we get that enough. I think

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Pentecost 5, 2024

This week we get to hear one of the favorite stories of Christianity, so much so that we have named our buildings after it. We have the story of Jesus

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Pentecost 4, 2024

Christ tells me this week that the Word which is cast grows “automate” or in English, automatically. There is Law and Gospel in that single word for me as a

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Pentecost 3, 2024

We ware all familiar with the many images Jesus uses of himself. In Easter we hear of Jesus the Good Shepherd, the Door, the Vine, and more. We depend on

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Pentecost 2, 2024

The festival half of the year is behind us with the excitement of Trinity of Sunday. Should we talk about excitement of Trinity Sunday? I am not sure. If you

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Easter 7, 2024

On Thursday of this week, God willing, we will observe the much neglected but important festival of the Ascension. Luke tells us that forty days, that’s this Thursday, Jesus took

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