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May 21, 2018
The Lord and Giver of Life
Yesterday was another major holy-day: Pentecost, fifty days after the resurrection of Christ and ten...
May 11, 2018
“Now He Is Very Near”: Luther on the Ascension
More on the Ascension of Christ. . . .I keep reading on evangelical sites that...
May 10, 2018
“The Assumption of the Humanity into God”
The resurrected Jesus was with His disciples for 40 days, and then He returned to...
April 09, 2018
Not the Empty Tomb, but the Risen Christ
The true sign of the Resurrection is not the Empty Tomb, as we often say. ...
April 01, 2018
Christ Is Risen!
I love this painting of the Resurrection by Lucas Cranach the Younger (the son...
March 29, 2018
Holy Communion and Vocation
Today, on Maundy Thursday, we commemorate Christ's gift of Holy Communion, in which He gives...
March 28, 2018
Excruciating: The Ironies of Holy Week
We had our Tenebrae service on Tuesday, here in Australia, and the Scripture readings struck...
March 26, 2018
When Christ’s Work Comes Together “For Us”
Our new granddaughter, Hannah Grace Hensley, was baptized on Palm Sunday. Now comes Holy Week. ...
February 14, 2018
George Herbert’s Poems as Lenten Devotions
J. R. Arner, back in 1994, put together a daily devotional series for Lent that...
January 08, 2018
The Old Testament Tithe for Celebration
We are studying Deuteronomy in our Bible class at church, and, somewhat to my surprise,...
January 05, 2018
Luther on Epiphany and Vocation
Today is the 12th and last day of Christmas. (Happy drummers drumming day!) Tomorrow is...
January 01, 2018
New Year’s Resolutions That You Can Keep
New Year’s resolutions tend to be demonstrations of the bondage of the will.
December 26, 2017
Why the Word Became Flesh
You want to read a good Christmas book? You can't do better than the one...
December 25, 2017
Have a Merry, Happy, Blessed Christmas!
Christmas greetings to all of you! Many thanks to both long-time readers and the legions...
December 25, 2017
The Day Even Non-Believers Honor Jesus Despite Themselves
It's Christmas, hailed in at least one secular song as "the most wonderful time...
December 22, 2017
The Economic Theory of Ebenezer Scrooge
Ebenezer Scrooge was NOT a hard-hearted greedy capitalist. Rather, he was an advocate of the scarcity...
December 20, 2017
The Newly Discovered “Christmas Sermon for Pagans” by C. S. Lewis
The scholar Stephanie R. Derrick tells about discovering two previously unknown essays by C. S....
December 19, 2017
Christmas, Scrooge, and Vocation
On this 174th anniversary of the publication of Charles Dickens' The Christmas Carol, I am...
December 18, 2017
Comfort, Comfort My People
One of the greatest texts for Advent is Isaiah 40. It reminds us that Advent is...
December 12, 2017
Jesus and Hanukkah
Hanukkah starts today, December 12, and lasts until December 20. Jesus Himself observed it, as...
December 11, 2017
“Your Thirst for My Salvation”
We often think of God as an abstract idea, as an impersonal force, or as...
December 08, 2017
Man Wants to Be God; God Wanted to Be Man
How different from us is God! How different in His thinking, His desires, and His...
December 05, 2017
God Acts for Those Who Wait for Him
Why doesn’t God do something about all the evil in the world? The Bible says...
December 04, 2017
The Season of Christ “Coming to” Us
The season of Advent has begun! The word comes from the Latin, meaning “coming to”...
November 23, 2017
Thanksgiving Days and Thanksgiving Feasts in the Bible
Thanksgiving is, of course, a national holiday. But devoting specific days for the purpose of...
November 23, 2017
How Turkeys Built America (and Why They Are Called “Turkeys”)
There is a reason why the turkey, the centerpiece of most Thanksgiving feasts, has such...
November 08, 2017
The 100th Anniversary of Communism
Having recognized the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we now need to turn to another...
October 31, 2017
The 95 Theses
What better way to mark the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation than to read Luther's 95...
October 31, 2017
Other Takes on the Reformation
The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation--which is today--has received an extraordinary amount of attention. As...
October 30, 2017
How Lutherans View the Reformation Differently
Luther didn't split the church. The pope did.
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