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July 11, 2018
The Problem with Offering Multiple Worship Styles
Does your church offer multiple worship services, each with a different style? One traditional, one...
June 15, 2018
The Lord’s Supper as God’s Work
Most discussions of the Lord's Supper among Christians of different theologies focus on the question...
April 06, 2018
A Close Reading of Leonardo’s “The Last Supper”
One of the most famous religious paintings is Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" (1495-1498). ...
March 29, 2018
Holy Communion and Vocation
Today, on Maundy Thursday, we commemorate Christ's gift of Holy Communion, in which He gives...
March 21, 2018
“Only Let Me Get to Jesus Christ!”
In his sermon last Sunday, here in Australia, Pastor Pfeiffer quoted some fascinating words from...
February 28, 2018
A Wolf, a Sheep, and Food that Digests Us
"A wolf in sheep's clothing" is someone who seems nice on the outside, like a...
August 02, 2017
Gluten-free Communion bread?
What do you think? Should churches accommodate people with health concerns in the case of...
May 23, 2017
The cup for the laity
The communion practice of the Roman Catholic Church, up until Vatican II, was for the...
April 13, 2017
Eating, sacrifice, and the Gospel
When a thale cress plant is being eaten by a caterpillar, it responds by sending...
April 10, 2017
The Jewish argument for “closed” Passover meals
Many churches during Holy Week hold a "Seder" meal, a version of the Jewish Passover...
February 01, 2017
The Marburg Colloquy online
Did you know that a transcript survives of the Marburg Colloquy (1529), in which Luther...
September 22, 2016
The invention of grape juice to avoid communion wine
Grape juice didn't exist, as a product, until 1869. It was invented by a Methodist...
November 18, 2015
Pope Francis on intercommunion with Lutherans
Pope Francis met with a congregation of Lutherans in Rome, giving them a chalice and...
August 17, 2015
Walking away & walking it back
Another good sermon yesterday from Pastor Douthwaite on the third week the Gospel lesson has...
July 22, 2015
Offering our body and blood to our neighbor
Thanks to Steve Bauer, who, in commenting on our earlier post on the connection Luther...
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...
April 15, 2015
Why Marco Rubio goes to two churches
A piece on the religious beliefs of presidential candidate Marco Rubio says that he attends...
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...
March 27, 2015
The sacrifice of Christians
Rev. Adam Roe, in the series on vocation at MissionWork, discusses the concept of "sacrifice"...
March 25, 2015
Drinking His cup, being baptized with His baptism
Our sermon for the beginning of Passiontide was Mark 10:32-45, the passage about James and...
October 28, 2014
The nurse who recovered from Ebola had received a blood transfusion from Dr. Kent Brantly,...
September 05, 2014
1,500 year-old confession of faith
Scholars have discovered a 1,500-year-old papyrus from ancient Egypt that contains a remarkable Christian confession,...
May 14, 2014
According to Roman Catholicism, you can receive "spiritual communion" even when you don't take actual,...
April 17, 2014
George Herbert on Holy Communion
The Invitation Come ye hither all, whose taste Is your waste; Save your cost, and...
April 08, 2014
George Herbert on Sin, Love, & the Sacrament
Miranda Threlfall-Holmes discusses one of my favorite poems, The Agony by George Herbert. It is...
April 03, 2014
Finding the Holy Grail?
Some historians, on the basis of manuscript and carbon-dating evidence, claim to have identified a...
December 19, 2013
From eucharistic hymn to Christmas carol
"Let all mortal flesh keep silence" is a hymn about Holy Communion. But now it...
November 19, 2013
80 lashes for receiving Communion
Aspects of our faith that are so commonplace that we often take them for granted...
November 08, 2013
Allowing divorced Catholics to take Communion?
Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic hierarchy are reportedly re-considering the practice of denying Communion...
October 28, 2013
Holy Communion, Culture, & Vocation
We often talk about how God works through material elements in the sacraments to convey...
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