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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 shared at Hope Lutheran on Sunday, December 9th based on Philippians 1: 3-11. How are the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City and the Ajuda National Palace in Lisbon, Portugal related? All are unfinished, incomplete,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Ramblings
Sermon preached at Hope Lutheran based on Mark 13: 1-8 “What do you know?” The standard response of course is “not much ---you.” Today’s lesson is a reminder to us as Christians that we live on a need to know... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at Ramblings
Sermon presented at Hope Lutheran based on Mark 12: 38-44 Picture two older people. Both are in their 80’s and struggling with pain. At first it was the small things, the difficulty they noticed with getting dressed, getting out of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at Ramblings
Sermon based on John 11: 32-44 As many of you know, emoticons or better known using the common Japanese word emoji are those little graphic ideograms or facial representations we might use in an instant messaging, email, or text message.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at Ramblings
Sermon based on Mark 10: 35-45 Back in 2006, there was a bestselling book that caused quite a stir. It was called “Three Cups of Tea” and it was written by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. It was about... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at Ramblings
Sermon based on Mark 10:17-31 How do you change a negative into a positive? Now I am not discussing mathematics and changing negative numbers. Rather, I was thinking of something entirely different. Parker Palmer, an author and educator, in a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2018 at Ramblings
Sermon based on the Gospel: Mark 10:2-16 Quiz time. What is the longest word in the English language? If we were to be one of those Trivial Pursuit types, we may come up with the word that's been the gold... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at Ramblings
Sermon preached at Hope Lutheran Church, San Antonio, Texas. Based on Mark 8: 27-38. Who knows that you are here? Perhaps you have a family member who knows that you attend worship on Sunday mornings at Hope Lutheran Church. Or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2018 at Ramblings
Sermon, preached at Hope Lutheran based on Mark 7: 24-30. Manny Pacquiao is a Filipino world champion professional boxer, named the boxer of the decade in 2010. This did not happen overnight for Pacquiao started boxing at the age of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at Ramblings
Sermon based on James. Presented at Hope Lutheran. How did you learn to drive? I learned to drive in the badlands of western North Dakota in an old borrowed pickup truck with a classmate as my teacher. Being that it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Ramblings
Sermon for Hope Lutheran based on Psalm 111. “Great are the works of the Lord,” says the writer of Psalm 111, “studied by all who delight in them.” But I wonder do we? Not only do we study? Do we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2018 at Ramblings
Sermon for Sunday, August 5, 2018. Based on John 6: 24-35. Shared @ Hope Lutheran, San Antonio. Did you go through the drive through on your way to church this morning and pick up a breakfast sandwich or taco? Or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at Ramblings
Sermon for Hope and Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. Shared on July 29th. Based on Ephesians 3. Property taxes! If there is anything that riles people up these days is property taxes! As you may know property taxes are a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at Ramblings
Based on the optional first lesson 2 Samuel. I have been thinking about “stuff and moving” as I vacate my 7 years of accumulation here at Good Shepherd. Having had to move in the past, I began with the best... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at Ramblings
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 Jun 19, 2018 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