Monthly Archives: May 2012

Luther Quote of the Day

District Convention is over, and it’s back to quoting Luther.  Today’s Quote is from the Large Catechism, on the First Commandment.  Luther says: What is God? Answer… I have often said that the confidence and faith of the heart alone … Continue reading

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Questions You Didn’t Ask: A Lighthearted Look at the Church

Dear Country Preacher, I was talking to a friend recently, and he sits in front of the church.  Everyone stares at him.  He said that he does is so that he can hear and see better.  I sit with everyone … Continue reading

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Those Were The Days…

In seminary I was told repeatedly by professors that funerals were easier to do than weddings.  Why?  Because at a wedding you had a bride who had been planning this event since the age of three, with definite ideas about … Continue reading

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Rogate/Mother’s Day Sermon

For the first time in 14 years, my sermon on Mother’s Day actually mentions Mother’s Day.  Because it was District Convention this week, I didn’t have time to do the proper editing.  I gave it a run through this morning … Continue reading

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Rubric Check

I checked with the District Worship Chair (or as I like to call him, the Dean of the Cathedral).  The correct rubric is: Loser buys the first round. Winner buys the second. He also reminded me of the important rule: … Continue reading

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Yes, it’s exactly the same thing.

I have a new smartphone.  I’m loading it with apps.  I was looking up the CPH app “PrayNow”, and the android store recommended as other apps I might like “Islamic Prayer Times App” and “LDS Scriptures App”. Note to Android … Continue reading

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Sermon for Midweek Divine Service

Based on Sunday’s Epistle reading, from James 1, it looks at the Word of God as creator and savior.  Also included, at no extra charge, how to talk about living righteously – without becoming a Pelagian.  All this, and more, … Continue reading

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Luther quote of the day

Thus it happens – and this is the nature of sin – that the farther man withdraws from God the farther he still desires to withdraw; and he who has once fled and apostatized keeps of fleeing forever.

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About Time

Every year since my ordination, I receive a paper form called “Congregational Statistics Report.”  Most years I fill it out (Eventually) and mail it in.  I envision two extremely elderly ladies, carefully opening each form, and entering the information in … Continue reading

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Love to See That One

I was perusing my copy of Robert’s Rules of Order in preparation for the District Convention (yes, I actually do that) when I saw it. The Index contains a reference to Norman Conquest. I haven’t looked it up, but I … Continue reading

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