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Charles Fredrickson
San Antonio, Texas - USA
Blog from an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) pastor who served as a missionary in Nagoya, Japan and is now looking for a church to serve.
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Sermon based on John 12: 20-33 What is the best exit and/or exit line of all time? This past week we have seen a few exits, like Stephen Hawking, the English theoretical physicist and cosmologist who died this past week.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Ramblings
Sermon from March 4, 2018 based on John 2: 13-22. Is it that our ancestors were fearful of being alone in a wild and unpredictable world or was the reasons entirely different? I suspect their reasons for creating representations of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at Ramblings
Second Sermon for Feb. 18, 2018. I dumped my first sermon after arriving at worship early on the 18th and felt complelled to change the sermon based on the shootings at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2018 at Ramblings
Message presented on Ash Wednesday, 2/14/2018 based on Psalm 51: 1-17 It is a well-known fact that we Americans live in a “throwaway” culture. We throw away just about everything. Granted, not that we haven't noticed. We have been using... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at Ramblings
PyeongChang. PyeongChang is a county in South Korea and as you may have seen advertised is the host to the 2018 Winter Olympics. The Olympics will begin this Friday, February 9, and conclude on Sunday, February 25. Almost 100 nations... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Ramblings
The congregation that I serve, the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd is the only RIC congregation in the city of San Antonio. On the last Sunday of January every year, we recommit to that covenant and have a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Ramblings
Sermon for Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the start of the new year. Based on the gospel, Mark 1: 4-11. Are we up to cleaning --- going after those dusty corners and cobwebs, perhaps even going through some of our... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at Ramblings
Sermon based on Luke 2: 22-40. Christmas is an interesting time for reading scripture. The reason being that for many people across the US, Christmas is the time when we reaffirm but one image --- the Jesus of Luke 2,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at Ramblings
Christmas Eve Sermon based on Luke 2 St. Francis of Assisi, is credited with staging the first one in 1223, so I wonder what would he thinking regarding the countless types and styles we have created in the 21st century?... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2017 at Ramblings
Sermon based on 2 Peter. This past week, I had to call customer service. I hit number 1 on the phone pad and waited. Then there was a voice. “Thank you for waiting. Your call is important to us.” I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at Ramblings
Sermon based on Matthew 25: 1-13. I have been working on a book. The book is not a novel that will grab the reader from the opening line. The book is not one on theology, so profound that it would... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Ramblings
Reformation Sunday (October 29, 25017) sermon. In English, we use the expression “if only” as a way to express a strong wish that things could be different. We use that expression with past verb forms to talk about a wish... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at Ramblings
Sermon based on Matthew 22: 15-22. Todays’ scripture reminded me about a small piece I heard about from last November in BuzzFeed, an entertainment and social news website. The website reported that Chip and Joanna Gaines, the popular couple who... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Ramblings
Picture the Exxon logo, or the logo for a Greyhound bus. If that is a challenge can you conjure up in your mind the shape and form of a Coca-Cola bottle? What do they have in common? Only one thing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Ramblings
“That is a first world problem.” Have you heard that expression used lately? It is a phrase that has grown with social media over the last twenty years of so. The expression is commonly used to describe what may be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Ramblings
Sermon Based on Matthew 18: 15-20. On a recent trip, we were handed one of those electronic key cards for our hotel room. Different than a metal key, we used these keycards by inserting it into a slot above the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Ramblings
Sermon based on Matthew 14: 22-33. When we lived in Wisconsin, we would attend the annual summer county fair. If you have never been to one, they are an interesting life experience. Not only are there livestock competitions for the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Ramblings
Sermon based on Matthew 14: 13-21. In some neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, Argentina, if we were to be on a sidewalk we might pass a small café and see a refrigerator against the wall by the entrance. Over the fridge... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Ramblings
Sermon based on the gospel, Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43 A blonde, a redhead, and a brunette were all lost in the desert. They found a lamp and rubbed it. A genie popped out and granted them each one wish. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Ramblings
Sermon based on Romans 8: 1-11. For decades, for those who are too young to remember, what we now call Nissan exported cars from Japan under the Datsun name. For example, one of the hot cars of the 1970s was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Ramblings
Sermon based on the Romans 7: 15-25a. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is a German fairy tale first published by the Brothers Grimm in 1812. But unlike other fairy tales that perhaps fade into dust over time, Snow White... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Ramblings
Sermon based on Matthew 10: 40-42. Sometimes the littlest of things can mean so much. It may be a kind word in a time of mourning. It may mean a text or Facebook message to a friend with a simple... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Ramblings
Sermon based on Matthew 10: 24-39 Even if we do not know their names or gender, many of us recognize barely 17 years old and the fact that one did a lot of heavy breathing just thinking about the other,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at Ramblings
Sermon based on the gospel Matthew 9: 35-10:8 In the interesting 2015 movie, The Martian, based on Andy Weir's 2011 novel of the same name, Matt Damon plays anastronaut scientist who gets stranded on Mars during the first manned mission... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at Ramblings
Sermon based on Gospel - Matthew 28: 16-20 Why and how do you sit? That is not a metaphorical question. You would think that would have an obvious answer, but did you know that the way we sit --- why... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Ramblings