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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 preached at Hope Lutheran Church based on the gospel, Mark 4. Have you ever tried to retell a funny story or joke that before split the sides of your audience --- only to see it fall flat as a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Ramblings
Amphorae. They were the mass-market beverage containers of the ancient world --- distinctive, two-handled clay jars used by Greek and Roman merchants to transport wine. Some amphorae were glazed and intricately decorated, intended for use by the upper classes. Most... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at Ramblings
Sermon preached at St. John's Lutheran in Marion, Texas as the supply pastor for the local pastor. Based on the Hebrew Bible text from Isiah. Guardians of the Galaxy is a growing movie franchise based on the Marvel Comics of... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at Ramblings
Since taking a trip in 2016 to Italy in celebration of our 25th wedding anniversary, I have noticed that we have been getting more and more junk mail for vacations. Enticing, glossy picture catalogs are flooding our mail box with... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at Ramblings
Those who work the land as ranchers, farmers and gardeners have a knowledge base that many of us from more urban backgrounds do not. Sometimes it can be funny like the time my dairy farmer uncle asked a group of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2018 at Ramblings
Sermon based on Act 4: 5-12. Other than the occasional game of solitaire, I do not play games on my smartphone. I don’t play Candy Crush or Madden NFL. Nor do I play a game that hit our nation like... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2018 at Ramblings
This was the message I shared at Good News Lutheran on April 15th. The Supply Pastor of the congregation and his finance chose to marry during worship. I was asked to preach, preside and officiate. This is the message I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2018 at Ramblings
I don't typically post funeral and marriage messages but several people indicated a desire for this one. Link to Obituary Funeral Message for Neal Anthony Hudson. We are reminded once again that sometimes death comes suddenly and unexpectedly. In living... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2018 at Ramblings
Sermon for Sunday, April 8, 2017. Is there much to laugh or smile about today? We have the unending and dysfunctional American political drama in the White House. We have events all around the world like Central American migrants stuck... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at Ramblings
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 Mar 22, 2018 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