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Installation and Introduction

Senior Pastor Mark Teike interviews Dr. Chad on the day that he is installed at SPL so that people can hear a little of his story as a Jewish Lutheran pastor who also just happens to be a rabbi!  The question, "How can you be a Jewish Lutheran pastor rabbi?" is answered!

The Interview

 

The Unfiltered Jesus

This is the opening sermon series of Dr. Chad at St. Peter's where he outlines the vision for life and community at SPL.

Unfiltered Community

Unfiltered Forgiveness

Unfiltered Blessing

 

Lessons from David

All three pastors and the vicar participated in a seven week series entitled, "Life Lessons from King David."  Below are Dr. Chad's contributions to the series.

The Drive for Friendship

Speaking Truth in Love  

 

Songs from the Gospel of Luke

The pastoral staff delivered a series on the various "songs" recorded in the Gospel of Luke.  Below are Dr. Chad's contributions to the series.

The Song of Mary 

Zechariah's Song of Amazing Gifts

 

The First Sunday after Epiphany

On the first Sunday after the Epiphany, Dr. Chad preached on the "Servant" text from Isaiah 42:1-9.  Isaiah described how God's servant would be different from the many pretenders in the world who compete to be the source of our hope.  The real deal distinguishes himself as the Lord's servant in some important ways.

The Real Contender for Our Hope

 

The Generosity of Messiah in the Sermon on the Plain

In a two part series, Dr. Chad explores the generous love and mercy of the Messiah as exemplified in Luke 6:27-42.  Messiah had a crazy, inside-out, upside-down, generous way of dealing with people and reality.  In his Sermon on the Plain, the Messiah describes how getting "me" out of the way paves the path for the things of God to generously flow through us to others.  

Generous Love

Generous Mercy  

 

Heart Attacker: The Warning Signs of a Spiritual Heart Attack

The pastoral staff participated in a four-part series entitled, "Matters of the Heart."  Dr. Chad's contribution to the series spoke of "Heart Attack."  Specifically, what are the warning signs of a spiritual heart attack, what are the four antidotes to these warning signs, and advice on what to do when we fall from grace or when we witness a fall from grace.  The texts for the sermon are Proverbs 4:20-23 and Luke 8:26-33.

The Heart Attacker

 

Palm Sunday - The Trojan Horse of God

On Palm Sunday, Dr. Chad explains that in order for the Messiah to defeat death that he had to be welcomed into the city gate of death.  And only once inside of death, could he then destroy it! 

The Trojan Horse of God

 

Conversatons with the Risen Jesus

In the liturgical season following the Sunday of the Resurrection, it is common to focus upon the post-resurrection appearances of Messiah.  Dr. Chad contributed two sermons to this series.  The first sermon in the series uses the road to Emmaus experience to reveal how you can still experience the risen Messiah in your life today.  When we are moved by the Scriptures to receive all as if they were Christ, then we can encounter Jesus in a very real way.  The second sermon in the series involves the "tikkun" of Simon Peter. and how we can all bounce back from failure or mistakes made in our lives. The reality for us is that God is the same in his love for us after a failure as he is before we fail.

The Emmaus Road and Recognizing Jesus at Your Kitchen Table

Who Is God to Me after I Fail?  

 

The Day of Pentecost

Have you ever been in that place where you feel that your faith is just religion?  Where there is no real power behind the precepts?  In this sermon for the Day of Pentecost, Dr. Chad discusses the formula of "Power + Precepts = Transformation."  Also discussed is the idea that contained wind is no longer wind, but just air.  And air has no power.  Too often, we try to contain the Holy Spirit and when we do this, the Holy Spirit becomes "Holy Air" and loses its power.  The texts for this sermon are Acts 1:8; 2:1-13 and Ezekiel 37:1-6.

Pentecost: Precepts and Power

 

Independence Day

Dr. Chad reminds us on the 4th of July that God is giving out "Freedom NOW!"  Sermon is based on the text of Psalme 42:1-2.

Freedom Now!  

 

Psalm 46: God is always right in the middle!

The congregation of SPL spent a "Summer in the Psalms," and Dr. Chad preached a sermon on Psalm 46.  This particular Psalm is a powerful weapon to allow God to speak into situations where our words fail.  Right smack dab in the middle of the chaos, the uncertainty, and the stress is God.

Psalm 46: God in the middle