Sermon: Wittenberg Academy – Tuesday of Lent 1
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by Rev. Larry Beane
3d ago
20 Feb 2024 Text: Mark 3:20-35 In the name of + Jesus.  Amen. It’s easy to forget how much opposition our Lord had during His three-year ministry that changed the world.  The demons opposed Him.  The local government opposed Him.  The Imperial government opposed Him.  The Jewish religious authorities of every sect opposed Him.  One of His disciples betrayed Him.  The leader of His disciples denied Him.  At His trial, all of the to-be apostles fled from Him.  Upon hearing Him say that His followers must eat His flesh and drink His blood, many of Hi ..read more
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Sybil for the 21st Century?
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by Rev. Larry Beane
6d ago
Nearly fifty years ago, the popular culture was introduced to a rare and horrific mental illness that was, at the time, called Multiple Personality Disorder. The 1976 movie Sybil was apparently based on a true story of a young woman academician who suffered from this ailment, today called Disassociative Identity Disorder.  She had sixteen distinct personalities, and could not live an ordinary life until she was treated. This award-winning made-for-TV movie (based on the book by the same name) starred Sally Fields, and made quite a splash in the culture of the time.  Debates rage ..read more
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Sermon: Ash Wednesday – 2024
Father Hollywood
by Rev. Larry Beane
1w ago
14 February 2024 Text: Joel 2:12-19 In the name of + Jesus.  Amen. We have turned a new page on the calendar.  We went from yesterday’s Mardi Gras to today’s Ash Wednesday.  We went from the lingering green of the Epiphany season to the black of today and the purple of the Lenten season.  And we begin this forty-day penitential season with a reminder of our own death. All calendars include changing seasons: winter and summer, planting and harvesting, and the annual cycle of nature.  But our spiritual lives are also based on a cycle of time  As King Solomon remind ..read more
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Sermon: Wittenberg Academy – February 13, 2024
Father Hollywood
by Rev. Larry Beane
1w ago
13 Feb 2024 – Sts. Aquila, Priscilla, and Apollos Text: John 4:46-54 In the name of + Jesus.  Amen. St. John built his argument that Jesus is the eternal Word made flesh (John 1:1, 14) around seven particular demonstrations of His divinity, which John calls “signs.”  Right after the “first of His signs” (John 2:11) – turning water into wine – an “official” in Capernaum approaches Jesus seeking his son’s healing.  From the other Gospel accounts, this man was a Roman military officer, and his son is also described as his servant. The other accounts give more details of this mirac ..read more
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Sermon: Wittenberg Academy – February 6, 2024
Father Hollywood
by Rev. Larry Beane
2w ago
6 Feb 2024 Text: John 1:35-51 In the name of + Jesus.  Amen. St. John’s description of Jesus calling His first disciples is compelling reading.  And these men immediately leave behind their former lives to follow Jesus as if they had been compelled.  John the Baptist begins by calling Jesus “the Lamb of God.”  His own disciples hear this, and matriculate from John’s rabbiship to our Lord’s.  St. Andrew was one such disciple of John, who became one of the first – if not the first – disciple of Jesus.  And in short order, Andrew is confessing Jesus as the Messiah ..read more
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Sermon: Septuagesima – 2024
Father Hollywood
by Rev. Larry Beane
3w ago
28 January 2024 Text: Matt 20:1-16 In the name of + Jesus.  Amen. The parables of Jesus are shocking, dear friends.  And they are supposed to be.  The only problem is that we are too familiar with them – unless we’re not familiar enough with them.  But imagine hearing this story of the Workers in the Vineyard for the first time.  Imagine yourself as the first one hired. Imagine that you were a fast food worker, and you were hired for ten dollars an hour.  It’s hard work, but you were hired first among your co-workers who are all doing the same job.  Maybe yo ..read more
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Sermon: Wittenberg Academy – Jan 23, 2023
Father Hollywood
by Rev. Larry Beane
1M ago
23 Jan 2023 Text: Rom 11:25-12:13 In the name of + Jesus.  Amen. St. Paul explains the “mystery” of the “partial hardening [that] has come upon Israel” as Gentiles are being grafted in.  “In this way,” says the apostle, “all Israel will be saved.”  The “this way” that Paul is referencing is found three verses earlier, when he said, “if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in.” What Paul calls “election” is indeed a “mystery.”  It is beyond our understanding.  God saves us by grace and through faith (Eph 2:8-9), but exactly how He makes that happen i ..read more
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Sermon: Wittenberg Academy – Jan 16, 2023
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by Rev. Larry Beane
1M ago
16 Jan 2023 Text: Rom 7:1-20 In the name of + Jesus.  Amen. How is the Christian freed from the Law?  St. Paul compares our covenantal obligation to the Law to be like marriage.  And marriage is a legal arrangement that ends when one of the couple dies.  St. Paul had earlier explained that in baptism, we are united to the death of Christ (Rom 6:3-4).  “Likewise, my brothers,” the apostle now explains, “you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you belong to another, to Him who has been raised from the dead.” The Law accuses.  The Law kills ..read more
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Sermon: Wittenberg Academy – Jan 9, 2023
Father Hollywood
by Rev. Larry Beane
1M ago
9 Jan 2023 Text: Rom 2:1-16 In the name of + Jesus.  Amen. Having established the existence of natural law in the first chapter of Romans, St. Paul explores the implications in chapter two.  In other words, Paul takes the objective reality of a moral absolute and brings it down to our subjective experience of it.  Or to simplify things even further: “Therefore you have no excuse, O man.”  St. Paul writes to each one of us, to “everyman,” to every person who makes any kind of moral judgment.  And we all do, especially when we are wronged.  We complain about being ..read more
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Sermon: Christmas Day – 2023
Father Hollywood
by Rev. Larry Beane
2M ago
25 Dec 2023 Text: John 1:1-18 In the name of + Jesus.  Amen. The four Gospels introduce us to Jesus.  But only two of them include Christmas: Matthew and Luke.  Mark makes no mention of Christmas, and begins his biography of Jesus at His baptism.  John makes no mention of Christmas and begins His biography with the creation.  It might seem odd that the church fathers decided that on Christmas Day, we would read the beginning of John’s Gospel, without the narrative of our Lord’s birth. But St. John – who was part of our Lord’s inner circle in His earthly ministry, and ..read more
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