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A theology of danger and martyrdom is not a prominent theme in our churches today.

Hesham Shehab: Did the Reformation Lack Missionary Zeal?

Martin Luther

Did the Reformation Lack Missionary Zeal? The Reformation is known for bringing the Gospel to light, but it is accused of lacking an intentional the missionary spirit to bring it to the world. However, the reasons for not being more missional, they way we understand missions today, are manifold. First, many congregations had no immediate connection to overseas countries and thus could not pursue foreign mission. Second, the reformers spent their energies largely on reforming the church’s internal problems. Third, even if overseas mission had been an option, the territorialRead More

Looking at the Gospel of John

Hesham Shehab: Woman! My Hour Has Not Come Yet

The Wedding Feast at Cana

Sermon text preached by Rev. Hesham Shehab Sunday, January 16, 2022 Holy Trinity Lutheran, Burbank, IL Text: John 2:4, 19:26 Woman! My Hour Has Not Come Yet In the Gospel of John, the stories that involve Mary the mother of Jesus contain an oddity that baffles many readers. Mary appears only twice in this Gospel, in the wedding at Cana and at the foot of the cross, and both times Jesus addresses her in a way that sounds rude. Instead of calling her “mother,” “mom,” or some ancient Jewish equivalent, heRead More

Constantine was the first emperor to stop the persecution of Christians and to legalize Christianity...

Hesham Shehab: Did the Constantinian Roman Empire Divert the Christian Mission?

Constantine

Did the Constantinian Roman Empire Divert the Christian Mission? Even though the persecution of Christians occurred, sporadically and usually locally, throughout the Roman Empire, in the first three centuries, the faith spread through preaching and mercy works. Originally a polytheistic empire in the traditions of Roman paganism and the Hellenistic religion, as Christianity spread through the empire, it came into ideological conflict with the imperial cult of ancient Rome. Pagan practices such as making sacrifices to the deified emperors or other gods were abhorrent to Christians as their beliefs prohibitedRead More

Christmas Eve 2021

Hesham Shehab: Why the Father Sent His Son?

Rev. Hesham Shehab

Sermon presented by Rev. Hesham Shehab on The John Ross Show (https://facebook.com/xpiannews) on Dec. 24, 2021 Why the Father Sent His Son? Amid the joyful celebrations, this Christmas, will look at four of the reasons God sent Jesus, the Reason for the Season. First: To Reveal the Father to the Nations In the Old Testament, God began to reveal Himself as the Creator, Lawgiver, Judge, and Redeemer of His people. Is it possible to know Him personally? And then came Jesus (Hebrews 1:1–2). Jesus revealed God in a way thatRead More

They say, seeing is believing...

Hesham Shehab: What is Faith?

Rev. Hesham Shehab

Sermon text preached by Rev. Hesham Shehab Sunday, June 27 2021 St, John Lutheran Church, Chicago, Ill. Text: Mark 5 Introduction: Invocation: Grace to you  and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ They say, seeing is believing, and for this reason, the world counts us as fools to have faith in what is not seen. Yet, if we’re honest we have to admit our world believes in a lot of things that are unseen as well. Illustration from life #1: For example, the world trusts in oddRead More

Have you been caught at sea in a storm before?

Hesham Shehab: Only Jesus Can Take you to the Safe Shore

Rev. Hesham Shehab

Sermon text preached by Rev. Hesham Shehab Sunday, June 20, 2021 Zion Lutheran Church, Hinsdale, Iii. Text: Luke 8:23 “On the way across he lay down for a nap, and while he was sleeping the wind began to rise. A fierce storm developed that threatened to swamp them, and they were in real danger (Living Bible). Introduction: Invocation: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Illustration from life #1: Have you been caught at sea in a storm before? Before immigrating to the USA,Read More

And Jesus says the kingdom of God is like a mustard seed.

Hesham Shehab: Because of Jesus, A Mustard Seed of Faith Could Change the World

Rev. Hesham Shehab

Sermon text preached by Rev. Hesham Shehab Sunday, June 13, 2021 Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church Text: Matthew 13:31-32 Because of Jesus, A Mustard Seed of Faith Could Change the World Introduction: Invocation: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Illustration from life #1: In 1963, my friend and mentor Rev. Dr. Bernie Lutz was the Athletic Director at Concordia College, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Bernie said: “I was coaching football and ice hockey.” It was the job I liked and wanted to do allRead More

I am Napoleon!

Hesham Shehab: Jesus, Lunatic or Lord!

Rev. Hesham Shehab

Sermon text preached by Rev. Hesham Shehab Sunday, June 6, 2021 Burbank, Ill.  Jesus, Lunatic or Lord! Grace to You and Peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. There are many unhinged people running around in our world today who claim they are important deceased figures, like prophets or world leaders, who came back to life. Some even manage to gain a following. This is not a new phenomenon. In the New Testament we have the example of the disciples who thought that Jesus was Prophet Elijah orRead More

Jesus prays for us.

Hesham Shehab: Staying God’s Word, Keeps Us in God’s Holy Name

Rev. Hesham Shehab

Sermon text preached by Rev. Hesham Shehab Sunday, May 16, 2021 Burbank, Ill.  (Sermon on John 17:11–19) John 17 (English Standard Version) 11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of themRead More

Jesus tells us what the Bible is all about.

Hesham Shehab: How Do We Understand the Bible’s Message?

Rev. Hesham Shehab

Sermon text preached by Rev. Hesham Shehab Sunday, April 18, 2021 Burbank, Ill.  (Sermon on Luke 24:36-49) Have you ever thought about what the Bible is all about? I mean, if you had to boil it down to just a few short sentences, what would you say is the main message of the Bible? You know, a lot of people have a lot of different opinions about the Bible and what it is saying. They pull this verse or that verse out of context and twist it to make it suitRead More