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A Union of the Also-Baptized

A Union of the Also-Baptized Jesus descends into the water and gives all baptism its meaning. This weekend, we'll lay claim to our own baptismal identities; unpacking the inclusion and anointing that transcends ritual.  It begins with the baptism of Jesus. (Luke 3:21-22) About the Author Josh Hatcher is a devoted husband and father, hopeless wonder-junkie, and Senior Pastor of…
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January 12, 2020
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Between Faith & Sentimentality

Between Faith & Sentimentality It's when the sentimentality can't hold up. That's when the pressure to maintain an always-positive, always-strong, never-doubting faith becomes too much; and then what?  This Sunday, we'll find an enduring beauty in the doubt-soaked darkness that's an inevitable part of our walk with God. (Matthew 11:2-15) About the Author Josh Hatcher is a devoted husband and…
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December 8, 2019
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In the Upside Down

In the Upside Down Think of it as a radical re-centering of our social and cultural mercator projection map. Somewhere along the way, after a lifetime of exposure to globes with a base attached to the south pole, it becomes hard to tell which way is rightside-up and which way is upside-down.  This World AIDS Day message centers on the…
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December 1, 2019
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Year-End Inventory

About the Author Steve Albers is a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and Associate Pastor of Historic Trinity Lutheran Church - an open and caring, radically Christ-centered, deeply sacramental and sometimes eclectic ministry in the heart of the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis.   Like on Facebook   Follow on Twitter   Follow on Instagram
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November 24, 2019
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Religion Through the Window

Religion Through the Window At last, the prophet begins to wrestle with his own religious system.  Behind the drive for divine truth and a Biblical worldview, the real goal of a spiritual life is ultimately our own re-alignment to God. Anything short of that is mythology, magic, maybe even idolatry. This weekend, we'll stare through the window of our religious…
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November 17, 2019
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As Gently Fall the Leaves

As Gently Fall the Leaves Our campus is lined with trees that will outlive all of us. These deeply-rooted watchtowers that remind us how young we really are; this 180-year-old campus of a two-thousand-year-old church. This weekend, we stand as we ever have, looking always forward into the next thousand years of ministry.  This Mother Church has a role to…
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November 10, 2019
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October 13 – Stairways That Only Go Upward

The universe itself leads us into humility. Every milestone we reach reveals another that's just out of reach. Into our culture of perpetual upward mobility, Jesus speaks the word "Enough" both into and over us: There is enough. I am enough. You are enough.(Luke 14:1, 7-14) About the AuthorJosh Hatcher is a devoted husband and father, hopeless wonder-junkie, and Senior…
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October 15, 2019
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September 29 – A Fascination of Angels

They're not mentioned often in the Scriptures, but when they are it's usually with other-worldly fascination.  Angels.  Messengers of God and witnesses of the unpredictable movement of God's Spirit.  This Sunday, we'll explore our fascination with these deeply spiritual enigmas of creation, and find commonality in our calling along with them. (Revelation 12:7-12) About the AuthorJosh Hatcher is a devoted…
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September 30, 2019
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September 22 – If Anything Passes for Normal

If Anything Passes for NormalWe're all products of a tremendous variety of human experience.  The way we think, the way we respond, the way we interact with each other, our whole way of being is formed by the history of our interactions with the world; none of which are exactly the same as anyone else's.  This Sunday, we'll look at…
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September 23, 2019
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September 1 – The Space Between Sacred & Not

What sets the sacred things apart?  If there are places and practices; if there are people who are holy than surely we know ourselves well enough to know where we do and don't belong?  Never one to shy away from turning the world upside down on itself, Jesus tells a parable in Luke 18 that crumples our distinctions of sacred…
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September 3, 2019