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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

 

Choosing  What You Did Not Choose

How do we handle those events and situations in life that we didn't choose for ourselves?  Dr. Chad explores three responses we have toward trials and offers the path toward rejoicing and radical acceptance.  This is a sermon you don't want to miss.

Choosing what you did not choose

 

Don't Be Nice!  Spiritual Jui-Jitsu and the Technology of Kindness

In a series on the fruits of the Spirit, Dr. Chad speaks to the Biblical definition of kindness.  Kindness is NOT the same as being nice.  Kindness is not weak or timid.  Kindness has the power to the change the world, because kindness changes our own world.  Kindness is all about softening that which is harsh or hard.

Kindness

 

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

 

Kairos Moments

This sermon looks at the two Greek words for time, "Chronos" and "Kairos."  Dr. Chad then explores how "kairos moments" can enhance our awareness of God in every second of every day.  Perception is reality!

Kairos Moments and Awareness

 

In, but not of...

In this sermon, based on John 17:14-17, Dr. Chad explores the concept of being "in" the world, but not "of" the world.  As part of this discussion, the biblical concept of what it means to sanctified or holy is expounded upon.  You are not of this world.  You are of Christ.

In, but not of

 

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

 

When Greatness Is So Close

Sometimes greatness can be right in front of you and you don't even recognize it!  Dr. Chad explores the Road to Emmaus in Luke 24:13-33 from the disciples disappointment with whom they thought was the one.  We've had those moments in life, moments where we knew "This is it!  This is the one!" only to be let down.  Greatness walked right up on these two disciples - how often does the Messiah walk up on us and we fail to recognize him or ask him to stay?

The Incognito Christ

 

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  

 

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

 

The Wild and Crazy Farmer

Dr. Chad speaks of the half-hazard farming skills of a certain farmer in Luke 8:5-15.  In the end, there is a method to the farmer's madness and the result is that our hearts of stone, rocks, and weeds are transformed into good soil that can then make a difference in this world.

The Farmer - Luke 8:5ff

 

The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy - Genuine Spiritual Technology

Dr. Chad introduced the concept of the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy from Exodus 34 and Micah 7:18-20.  This sermon digs into the first four attributes of mercy and makes suggestions in ways that we might imitate them and stir up God's mercy in our own lives and in the lives of others.

The Thirteen Attributes

 

Why Give?  

SPL did a five week sermon series based on the book, "Why Give?" by John Devries.  In this fifth and final installment of the series, Dr. Chad explains on the reasons we give is because of the joy that flows from within us.  Sermon text is 2 Corinthians 8:1-11.

Why Give?

 

Third Sunday in Advent

On this particular third Sunday in Advent, Dr. Chad speaks of the power of the spoken word, the power of kept and broken promises, and the saving nature of God's Word to us.

Promises

 

Christmas Eve

Many struggle during the holiday season, especially with loneliness (even if they have a house full of guests).  Dr. Chad takes the perspective that the Father spent the first Christmas alone and so He can relate to our struggles.  Dr. Chad also highlights the relationship between the crib and the cross.  The audio is a little weak on this recording, so turn it up!!!!

Christmas Eve

 

Authentic Community

One of the roles that Dr. Chad fills at SPL is the Director of Life-Community.  In this sermon on Acts 2:42, Dr. Chad unpacks the "four devotions" that were the bedrock of the very first Jesus community.  In doing so, the ingredients for Biblical community are also laid out.

Jesus Community