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January 07, 2016
God the Giver
I came across one of those stunning and paradigm-shifting quotations from Luther, this one about...
January 06, 2016
Epiphany and epiphanies
Today is Epiphany! Have a merry and happy Epiphany! It isn't just about the wise...
December 28, 2015
Bonhoeffer on Christmas
Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was executed for plotting against Hitler, is in vogue today. ...
December 24, 2015
Santa Claus, Confessor
St. Nicholas was the bishop of Myra back in the 4th century. He has become...
November 30, 2015
He has come to you
The word "advent" derives from the past participle form of venire, the Latin word for...
November 02, 2015
The Communion of the Saints
The body consists of innumerable cells. Each of these has its own distinct life--its own...
October 22, 2015
The “all’s” of the Great Commission
More from Knut Tveitereid in Oslo: I love it when Bible expositors mine riches out...
October 21, 2015
Jesus of Galilee, Jesus of Jerusalem, Jesus post-resurrection
The other speaker at the Inner Mission youth ministry conference in Oslo, in addition to...
October 07, 2015
Vengeance, competition, and Christianity
Some time ago, I stumbled upon a discussion of Christian anthropologist Rene Girard and Pay...
August 17, 2015
Walking away & walking it back
Another good sermon yesterday from Pastor Douthwaite on the third week the Gospel lesson has...
August 13, 2015
The Bread of Life
Pastor Douthwaite's sermon last Sunday was based on the reading from John 6, in which...
August 07, 2015
Christianity is not spiritual, it’s physical
In an interview with Nadia Bolz-Weber, the ELCA "pastrix," when asked about those who consider...
July 30, 2015
Jesus walking on the water
We had a great sermon last Sunday on Jesus walking on the water (Mark 6:45-56),...
July 20, 2015
The Sacrament and the love of neighbor
Martin Luther, quoted from Bible Studies on Mercy - The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod: There your...
June 26, 2015
“Don’t you care that we are perishing?”
More great teaching and Biblical application from Pastor Douthwaite, preaching on Mark 4:35-41, about the...
June 18, 2015
The Kingdom of God is like a seed
With all of the stories about the alleged decline of Christianity, it was encouraging to...
June 02, 2015
God from above vs. God from below
I've started working through the Christian Year of Grace by Johann Spangenberg, a contemporary of...
May 25, 2015
Holy Spirit day
Yesterday was Pentecost, commemorating the gift of the Holy Spirit. I think part of the...
May 14, 2015
Seven reasons to rejoice today
Today is Ascension Day, a major festival of the church year--on a par with Christmas...
May 01, 2015
David, Jesus, and the 23rd Psalm
Last Sunday was the day in the church year when the regular round of Bible...
April 28, 2015
Worship is more than praising God
Pastor Mark Schroeder cites a rather compelling quotation on worship from Klemet Preus: “If the...
April 23, 2015
Beggars at the Temple gates
The reading for last Sunday at our church was about the lame beggar at the...
April 16, 2015
Evangelicals who believe in Purgatory
It has long struck me how many evangelicals--including some of the most anti-Catholic--actually hold to...
April 06, 2015
Keeping Easter going
It's still Easter, that season lasting for the 40 days in which Christ was with...
April 05, 2015
Christ’s resurrection and yours
Have a joyous Easter, everybody! Do you not know that all of us who have...
April 03, 2015
Nailing down God
Great Holy Week meditation from LCMS President Matthew Harrison: The world must surely think we’ve...
April 03, 2015
Scientists look at Crucifixion
Scientists have been studying the mechanics, physiology, and history of crucifixion. They have learned that...
April 03, 2015
“Everything is groundless and gratuitous”
More from Oswald Bayer, who shows the connection between justification and creation, as underscored in...
April 02, 2015
Herbert’s Maundy Thursday poem
I've posted this poem before, since it's maybe my favorite poem by George Herbert. But...
April 02, 2015
Maundy Thursday and the search for the real Jesus
Anthony Sacramone discusses all of the magazine cover stories about "the search for the real...
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