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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 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 2 days ago 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
Sermon based on John 10: 1-10. YOLO. Chances are good that if you know anyone under the age of 30 they know that acronym well. Or if you're a regular on Twitter, you have probably seen YOLO or perhaps seen... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Ramblings
"Drop In" Christ Sermon based on Luke 24: 13-35. I am waiting for my first drone delivery, how about you? Drones as many of you may know are those mechanical, unmanned, small, helicopter type vehicles that can either be controlled... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at Ramblings
It's a tragic scene I have seen in many places around the world, so I was not surprised to see it here in South Texas: a roadside cross, bouquets of flowers, perhaps some candles, a stuffed animal or a jersey... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Ramblings
Maundy Thursday Message for 2017. We remember tonight a diverse assortment of words and deeds from Jesus. We have the washing of the feet, the first of what became the Eucharist --- the Lord’s Supper as well as various teachings.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Ramblings
Sermon based on Romans 8: 6-11 preached @ Good News Lutheran. TED talks are not what Teddy bears say to us before we go to sleep. Instead the acronym “T – E – D” stands for “Technology, Entertainment and Design.”... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Ramblings
Sermon based on the John 9: 1-41 Life is full of frustrations! From the minor irritations of losing something to the major problem of continued failure towards our desired goals. But, as much as we would like to blame others,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Ramblings
Sermon based on Romans 5: 1-11. Have you ever wondered whatever happens to the turkeys that the Presidents of the US pardon in November? Do you know what I am talking about? Every November right before Thanksgiving are these enormous... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Ramblings
Sermon based on John 3: 1-17. So, what does your avatar look like? I suppose it depends on which world you live in 😊. If you don’t know what I am talking about then let me give you all a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Ramblings
Sermon based on Matthew 4: 1-11. "Click." If there's any more universal sound in the 21st century, it's hard to know what it would be. The clicking of a mouse and the tapping of the touch screen are the soundtracks... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Ramblings