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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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Outsiders Save the Institutions
A look at Acts 11:1-18 and how institutions fail, but God's will is still done. 
13:19
May 16, 2022
The Exclusive Rights of the Good Shepherd
Sermon for Easter 4
16:02
May 16, 2022
"Follow Me"...Post-Resurrection
Sermon for Easter 3, 2022
17:40
May 02, 2022
One Dealing with Doubt
Sermon for Easter 2, 2022
16:28
April 26, 2022
Resurrection vs. the Culture of Death
Sermon for Easter Sunday 2022
13:57
April 18, 2022
Good Friday Sermon
Theories on the atonement, and the scriptural references. 
13:37
April 17, 2022
On Peter's Share with Jesus and Our Own
Sermon for Maundy Thursday 2022
12:45
April 15, 2022
Sermon for Palm Sunday
Jesus is not a fake tough guy. Far from it! 
13:50
April 13, 2022
Christianity and Losing Control
A look at Mary's anointing of Jesus' feet. 
15:19
April 04, 2022
Thoughts on the Prodigal Son
Sermon for Lent 4, 2022
13:14
March 28, 2022
Lent 3 2022 Sermon
A look at our habit of excuse making in the life of the church. 
16:22
March 21, 2022
Go and tell that fox...A sermon for Lent 2
Luke 13;31-35. On building a Christian world in the midst of Herods. 
15:45
March 14, 2022
Sermon for Lent 1, 2022
A look at our consumption in a fragile age. 
14:47
March 08, 2022
Two Sermons: Epiphany 7 and Transfiguration
Two Sermons: Epiphany 7 and Transfiguration
28:51
March 03, 2022
2 Sermons
Listen to find out what is in them! 
34:33
February 14, 2022
Sermon for Epiphany 4, 2022
On the demand for Jesus to do everything for us...Christians are not utopians. 
14:23
January 31, 2022
Sermon for Epiphany 3.
A reminder about Law and Gospel with a look at Psalm 19 and Luke 4. 
17:40
January 27, 2022
Why Was Jesus Baptized, Again?
A look at the Baptism of Jesus...
15:16
January 10, 2022
Sermon for Christmas 2, 2022
A brisk walk through John 1:1-18. 
16:41
January 03, 2022
The Last Word on Demons...For Now
The last class wrapping up the subject. For now. 
45:02
December 21, 2021
Is Humanity on the Line?
This sermon looks at a variety of news stories and contrasts them with the beautiful humanity we see in the beginning of the Christmas story. 
17:09
December 20, 2021
A Voice in the Wilderness
This sermon for Advent 2 looks at John being a voice in the wilderness and how we are called to be the same. 
14:06
December 06, 2021
A Look at Demons, Part 3
This wraps up the Greek view of demons, looks at current issues to be on guard against (ahem, "Jesus Calling"), and begins a look at the New Testament. 
41:56
December 06, 2021
Sermon for Christ the King Sunday
Is Christ the King of the whole world? Or just the church? And what difference would it make? 
12:26
November 22, 2021
A Look at Demons, Part 2
A continuation of our Sunday School class on demons/demonology. We look at more of the Babylonian and ancient Hebrew understand of demons and exorcisms. 
42:10
November 22, 2021
Sunday School Class on Demons, Part 1
This is the recording of a recent class on demons. I was asked to put it out there for later consumption so here you go. There are parts of the class where class members made comments or asked questions, but as they were too far from the microphone could not be heard. So if it seems as though I am jumping around a bit, that is why. 
37:35
November 18, 2021
Reformation Sunday Sermon
This sermon considers the depth of the problem of sin in light of offering evidences to unbelievers. 
14:38
November 02, 2021
Following Jesus and Rejecting Tech
The Gospel lesson is Mark 10:46-52, the healing of Bartimaeus and his subsequent following of Jesus. We have our own blindness and our own difficulties in following Jesus. 
14:41
October 25, 2021
How to Lead as a Christian
This sermon is based on Mark 10:35-45 where the disciples ask to sit at Jesus' right and left. In what way are we being led by ambitions "Gentiles" and what does Christianity teach us about leadership? 
18:59
October 18, 2021
God or No God
In the end, we either live by God's rule or we believe we are God. You see this quite clearly in the story of the rich young ruler. 
12:58
October 13, 2021
Where Have All the Demons Gone?
A sermon that looks at demonic activity past and present. 
16:43
September 27, 2021
Sermon for September 19
On the argument among the disciples about who was the greatest. 
13:30
September 20, 2021
9/11 and the Confession of Christ
This sermon considers civilization in light Peter's confession of Jesus as the Messiah and the 20th anniversary of 9/11 
14:21
September 13, 2021
Two Sermons from August and September
The first sermon looks at legalism in the scripture and in our own day. The second looks at "muscular Christianity" through the eyes of that famous Syrophoenician woman. 
30:38
September 07, 2021
Home and Abiding in Jesus
This sermon for Pentecost 13 considers where home is. (Hint: for the Christian, it is wherever Jesus is.) I also included the recording of the congregation singing "Abide with Me." 
20:14
August 23, 2021
Sermon for Pentecost 12
Wisdom vs. Knowledge: which is better? 
15:08
August 21, 2021
Two Sermons, mostly on John 6
After vacation and some technical difficulties, here are two sermons from August 1 and 8. Both focus on portions of John 6...for the most part. 
31:10
August 12, 2021
Sermon for July 4, 2021
A sermon for the day...
13:08
July 06, 2021
On Christian Victory and Embarrassment
The Bible includes many, many stories of victory. So why are Christians embarrassed to make that proclamation and instead always play defense? 
14:04
June 23, 2021
Sermon for Pentecost 3, 2021
How and when and where does God's Kingdom grow? In the most unlikeliest of places.
15:21
June 14, 2021
Holy Trinity Sunday
This sermon attempts to grasp the way the nature of God - His being three eternal person who have always known peace and love among one another - speaks to our own lack of contentment. 
13:36
June 01, 2021
Sermon for Pentecost Sunday
A word on not being ashamed of the Word of God. 
13:57
May 24, 2021
Sermon for Easter 5, 2021
Sermon for Easter 5, 2021. This sermon looks at the way Christians can too often become cynical or pessimistic when we, in fact, have very good reasons to be optimistic. (I grant that "pessimistic" and "optimistic" are not necessarily biblical words, but hopefully they do not do the ideas injustice.)
14:08
May 18, 2021
Easter 7 Sermon: You Are Not of This World
Easter 7 Sermon: You Are Not of This World
18:29
May 17, 2021
Is Jesus the Only Way to Salvation?
More importantly, does anyone care? 
15:09
April 28, 2021
Holy Week Sermons, 2021
Sermons for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. 
37:33
April 05, 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 09, 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 01, 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 08, 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 02, 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 05, 2021
Sunday School Class on Evolution, Part 7
We begin to look at the question of what really is a human. 
39:14
January 05, 2021
What Difference Does it Make that God Became Flesh?
A sermon for Christmas 2, 2021
11:13
January 04, 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 07, 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 07, 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 02, 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 02, 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 02, 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 03, 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 08, 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 09, 2020
Sermons for Pentecost and Holy Trinity Sundays
Sermons for Pentecost and Holy Trinity Sundays
32:39
June 09, 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 04, 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
Sermon for Palm Sunday: "Not as We Ought, Aut as We Are Able"
Sermon for Palm Sunday
13:28
April 07, 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 06, 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