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February 11, 2019
“He Stands Before Us in Every Purpose”
Concordia Publishing House has a good blog going, with sections titled worship, read, study, teach,...
January 21, 2019
Martin Luther & Martin Luther King
On this Martin Luther King Day, it's worth reflecting on why his father changed his...
January 04, 2019
“And the Son now is one with our blood forever”
The song we've been learning over the Christmas season by singing it every service is...
January 02, 2019
The Holy Innocents & the Abortionists
I missed Holy Innocents Day on December 28, which commemorates King Herod's slaughter of the...
January 01, 2019
In the Name of “God Saves”
How felicitous it is that the secular holiday New Year's Day is also the day...
December 25, 2018
“Love Caused Your Incarnation”
We hear Christmas songs during Advent, so here is an Advent Song for Christmas: O Lord,...
December 24, 2018
Christmas Eve, St. Nicholas, & the Two Natures of Christ
For Advent we have been thinking through the Nicene Creed, a product of the Council...
December 10, 2018
Advent, St. Nicholas, & the Deity of Christ
Pictured above is my favorite meme of the season (HT: Mary Moerbe). The...
December 03, 2018
Advent and the Problem of Evil
Fleming Rutledge reminds us that Advent is not primarily about the baby Jesus. Rather its...
November 23, 2018
One of my favorite parts of the Thanksgiving celebration is leftovers. I love returning to...
November 22, 2018
Thankfulness, Faith, & Vocation
Thanksgiving is the one national holiday that has an explicitly religious meaning. George Washington got...
November 12, 2018
Veterans Day, History, & Baptisms
Yesterday, November 11, was Veterans Day, which is also being observed today. (Those of you...
October 31, 2018
Reformation Then and Now
The Church is discredited: plagued by corruption, including sex scandals. Trusting human leaders whose failures...
September 03, 2018
A Labor Day Meditation on Good Works, Vocation, & Our Neighbors
Happy Labor Day, a secular holiday which we here at the Cranach Institute are trying...
May 28, 2018
Memorial Day should include memories. The holiday was established specifically to remember those who died defending...
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...
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