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Sermons and Such at First Lutheran, Houston

Sermons and Such at First Lutheran, Houston

By Evan McClanahan
Sermons and Such is a podcast produced by First Lutheran Church in Houston. First Lutheran is a traditional congregation and a member of the North American Lutheran Church. Their pastor, Evan McClanahan, preaches from the 3-year lectionary. This podcast is meant to offer members a chance to hear the sermon if they are unable to be present as well as offer prospective visitors a sense of what goes on at First Lutheran any given Sunday. If it also benefits other Christians, wonderful!
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Holy Week Sermons, 2021
Sermons for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. 
37:33
April 5, 2021
I am not a Priest.
Reflections on Hebrews 5 and the concept of priest vs. pastor. Yes, the Gospel is right in the middle of it all. 
16:34
March 25, 2021
Sermon for Lent 3
Some thoughts on baptism, daily repentance, and the call to holiness.
16:03
March 9, 2021
On Cancel Culture
For Lent 2, we are reminded to carry our cross and follow Christ. These days, that perhaps means we'll be cancelled. Well, God does not cancel His own children.
14:20
March 1, 2021
Transfiguration Sunday Sermon: Bad Beats and God's Sovereignty
A look at 2 Corinthians 4. 
14:31
February 24, 2021
Sermon for Lent 1
Given the freeze here in Texas and some recent sad news, this sermon looks at the challenges of living in a fallen world and the promises that are offered in baptism. 
14:12
February 23, 2021
In What Do You Have Hope?
This sermon looks at two Old Testament passages (which will be quoted in the sermon itself) to answer the question of what Christians can hope in. 
16:02
February 8, 2021
Sermon for Epiphany 5
A look at Paul's teaching on meat sacrificed to idols in 1 Corinthians 8. Surely a culture-shaping passage! 
16:53
February 2, 2021
So Easy...Even a Fisherman Can Do It
The Gospel lesson did not make it into the recording, so I'll type it in here. The basic theme - given Jesus' calling of the fisherman disciples - is that the basic message of Christianity is really quite simple, even though we try to make it more difficult than it is. It's so easy, even these fisherman got it, and so can we.  14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. 16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. 18 And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him. 19 And when he had gone a little farther thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets. 20 And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.
13:16
January 25, 2021
What Do We Think "Follow Me" Means?
A look at Jesus' call to follow him. What might the costs be, especially in a changing society? 
17:55
January 18, 2021
Sunday School Class on Evolution, Part 7
We look at humans in theology this week. 
37:34
January 11, 2021
Baptism of Our Lord Sermon
In the midst of tumultuous times, do our baptisms have anything to say about our ultimate loyalties? 
13:16
January 11, 2021
Christmas Eve Sermon
A day late perhaps, but the message really never changes, does it? 
14:06
January 5, 2021
Sunday School Class on Evolution, Part 7
We begin to look at the question of what really is a human. 
39:14
January 5, 2021
What Difference Does it Make that God Became Flesh?
A sermon for Christmas 2, 2021
11:13
January 4, 2021
Sunday School Class on Evolution, Part 6
Sunday School Class on Evolution, Part 6
38:27
December 21, 2020
Joshua, Jesus...what's in a name? Sermon for Advent 4
Joshua, Jesus...what's in a name? Sermon for Advent 4
13:05
December 21, 2020
Sunday School Class on Evolution, Part 5
We begin to dig into Joshua Swamidass' book, The Genealogical Adam and Eve. 
43:25
December 18, 2020
Sermon for Advent 3: It's Okay to Be Ordinary
A look at the way God uses ordinary people - like Mary and John - while we only pay attention to the extraordinary. 
13:13
December 14, 2020
Sunday School Class on Evolution, Part 4
Sunday School Class on Evolution, Part 4
43:36
December 7, 2020
Sermon for Advent 2: Has the Church Been Domesticated?
This sermon looks at John the Baptist and asks whether we still have the bite that he had as a prophet of God. 
13:03
December 7, 2020
Sunday School Class on Evolution, Part 3
This is the third class on the topic of evolution. If you notice what seem to be skips, there are times when I cut out audience conversation because it is hard to hear.
40:39
December 2, 2020
Sunday School Class on Evolution, Part 2
This is the second class on the topic of evolution. If you notice what seem to be skips, there are times when I cut out audience conversation because it is hard to hear.
31:50
December 2, 2020
Sunday School Class on Evolution, Part 1
This is the first class on the topic of evolution. If you notice what seem to be skips, there are times when I cut out audience conversation because it is hard to hear. 
43:23
December 2, 2020
Sermon for Pentecost 24: The Parable of the Talents
This sermon looks at the parable of the talents and the incredible value of hard work. Perhaps we don't say that often because we do not want to confuse it with our message of salvation by grace apart from good works? 
14:45
November 17, 2020
All Saints Sunday Sermon
On this election day, learn how to let the dead vote.
13:04
November 3, 2020
The Word Survives: Sermon for Reformation Sunday
The story of the Bible is a story of survival, not only of the texts themselves, but their clear meaning through the centuries. 
28:02
October 28, 2020
God or Caesar?
The sermon for Pentecost 20 looks at Jesus' infamous words regarding giving to God what is God's and to Caesar what is Caesar's, 
15:03
October 20, 2020
Why Wouldn't You Show Up for the Party?
The sermon for Pentecost 19 which looks at the parable of the Wedding Banquet from Matthew 22. 
13:27
October 12, 2020
Things Aren't As Bad as they Seem
A look at the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard. Are we those who have shown up late in the day and received the full benefit? History may indicate exactly that. Still, we hope others will join us in our Spiritual life.
14:49
September 21, 2020
Sermon for Pentecost 15, 2020
This story looks at a contrast in stories: the Exodus from Egypt and the carnage as a result and Jesus commending the Church to essentially forgive an endless number of times.
17:26
September 14, 2020
Pentecost 14 Sermon - Which Wins Out: Grace or Truth?
A look at confronting sin and asking which should win out, grace or truth? 
13:26
September 8, 2020
On the Proper Name of God
The main text for this sermon is Exodus 3 when Moses encounters God in the burning bush and gives his proper name. What does that have to do with Jesus? A lot! 
17:46
August 31, 2020
Worship Beyond Sunday Morning
This sermon looks at Paul's description of "Spiritual worship" in Romans 12. Yes, it is a little echo-y at first but soon the audio is perfect. 
17:18
August 26, 2020
Was Jesus Really So Mean?
Do we need to defend Jesus in his exchange with the Syrophenecian woman in Matthew 15:21-28? This is the sermon for First Lutheran's August 16 worship service. 
17:21
August 19, 2020
Pentecost 7 Sermon
The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares (Weeds) and cancel culture. 
15:42
July 20, 2020
Sermon For Pentecost 6
A look at Esau despising his birthright. 
13:28
July 14, 2020
Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?
Sermon for Pentecost 5. 
16:06
July 9, 2020
Sermons for Pentecost and Holy Trinity Sundays
Sermons for Pentecost and Holy Trinity Sundays
32:39
June 9, 2020
Adult Baptism/Confirmation Class #4
Adult Baptism/Confirmation Class #4
01:20:01
May 28, 2020
Adult Baptism/Confirmation Class #8
This is the eighth of an 8-week class I taught several years ago for adults who were to be baptized. It is a primer on the Bible, a look at Luther's Small Catechism, and a study of Galatians. It can only be a summary, but it is a good start to one's life of faith.
58:33
May 23, 2020
Adult Baptism/Confirmation Class #7
This is the seventh of an 8-week class I taught several years ago for adults who were to be baptized. It is a primer on the Bible, a look at Luther's Small Catechism, and a study of Galatians. It can only be a summary, but it is a good start to one's life of faith.
49:43
May 23, 2020
Adult Baptism/Confirmation Class #6
This is the sixth of an 8-week class I taught several years ago for adults who were to be baptized. It is a primer on the Bible, a look at Luther's Small Catechism, and a study of Galatians. It can only be a summary, but it is a good start to one's life of faith.
41:11
May 23, 2020
Adult Baptism/Confirmation Class #5
This is the fifth of an 8-week class I taught several years ago for adults who were to be baptized. It is a primer on the Bible, a look at Luther's Small Catechism, and a study of Galatians. It can only be a summary, but it is a good start to one's life of faith.
01:18:57
May 23, 2020
Adult Baptism/Confirmation Class #3
This is the third of an 8-week class I taught several years ago for adults who were to be baptized. It is a primer on the Bible, a look at Luther's Small Catechism, and a study of Galatians. It can only be a summary, but it is a good start to one's life of faith.
01:09:21
May 23, 2020
Adult Baptism/Confirmation Class #2
This is the second of an 8-week class I taught several years ago for adults who were to be baptized. It is a primer on the Bible, a look at Luther's Small Catechism, and a study of Galatians. It can only be a summary, but it is a good start to one's life of faith.
01:32:60
May 23, 2020
Adult Baptism/Confirmation Class #1
This is the first of an 8-week class I taught several years ago for adults who were to be baptized. It is a primer on the Bible, a look at Luther's Small Catechism, and a study of Galatians. It can only be a summary, but it is a good start to one's life of faith. 
01:33:56
May 23, 2020
Sermon for Easter 6
On God's grace and our responsibilities
19:25
May 19, 2020
Sermon for Easter 5 - Growing into Faith
A look at what Peter says about growing into faith. 
17:11
May 19, 2020
On the Doctrine of Substitutionary Atonement
A look at the text from Peter 2 on Good Shepherd Sunday, 2020. 
23:20
May 4, 2020
Easter 3 Sermon 2020
Jesus fulfills the Old Testament Law and Prophets. So why don't Christians have more knowledge of the Old Testament? 
17:48
April 27, 2020
Easter 2 Sermon
What does peace look like in the age of pandemic? 
18:56
April 22, 2020
Sermon for Easter Sunday
With paganism being such a great option, why am I a Christian, again? 
12:16
April 17, 2020
Good Friday Sermon
Who is the man on the cross? 
09:43
April 11, 2020
Sermon for Maundy Thursday
On the meal we are not having tonight...
16:56
April 11, 2020
Faith and Pandemics
The audio quality is not what I would hope for. I had to pull it off of our YouTube Live feed. Alas. The Gospel lesson is John 9, the story of the man born blind. The main gist of the sermon is that Christianity is not only about comfort, but it is also about truth. This is an age where the truth is being revealed and that is a good thing. Also, Jesus is THE Truth!
12:38
March 23, 2020
Temptation and Victory: A sermon for Lent 1
Temptation and Victory: A sermon for Lent 1
14:32
March 6, 2020
A Con Job or the Truth? A Sermon for Transfiguration Sunday, 2020
We'll look at whether the critics of Christianity can possibly be right when they consider it a massive con job. 
14:30
February 25, 2020
You have heard it said. Sermon for Epiphany 6, 2020
This sermon looks at the difference between seeking to love God in all things and doing the minimum we can to stay in God's good graces. 
15:17
February 17, 2020
Sermon for Episode 5 on Salt and Light
Really Lutherans, its okay to do good works. Your neighbor needs them. 
14:58
February 14, 2020
Being Content in these Technological Days
A sermon for Epiphany 2 on the gifts Christians have and new temptations in a technological age. 
16:31
January 21, 2020
The Sermon for Christmas 1, 2019: The Story of Two Babes (Babe Ruth and Jesus)
The Sermon for Christmas 1, 2019: The Story of Two Babes (Ruth and Jesus)
12:24
December 31, 2019
Two Sermons: Advent 4 and Christmas Eve
Sermons and Such is a podcast produced by First Lutheran Church in Houston. First Lutheran is a traditional congregation and a member of the North American Lutheran Church. Their pastor, Evan McClanahan, preaches from the 3-year lectionary. This podcast is meant to offer members a chance to hear the sermon if they are unable to be present as well as offer prospective visitors a sense of what goes on at First Lutheran any given Sunday. If it also benefits other Christians, wonderful! 
28:44
December 27, 2019