Monthly Archives: May 2012

About Chairs

Interesting article on the history of the chair.  Apparently, they are not so historically universal as we would think.  As many a pastor has tried to point out, pews are a recent innovation in the church. As Aidan Kavanagh wrote, … Continue reading

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Small Change or Big Changes?

I ordered some more copies of the best catechism there ever was: “Luther’s Small Catechism”, published by my trusty synod publishing arm.  I noticed something small, but potentially very significant. When the new hymnal was published, the question arose, “Should … Continue reading

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Luther Quote of the Day

This it is in the Word alone that the bread is the body of Christ, that the wine is the blood of Christ.  This must be believed; it must not and can not be understood.

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What’s worse than “The Worst”?

In The great state of Massachusetts, one of the candidates for the US Senate has been criticized for claiming minority status as a law professor, even tough she is only 1/32 Native American.  (Her great-great-great grandparent) Her opponents are saying … Continue reading

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School’s Out

Not really.  There is still a month of school here in my little burg.  But the schools have shifted from “teaching mode” to “field trip mode.”  When I ask my children “what did you learn in school today?”  the answer … Continue reading

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On Preaching

One of my favorite preachers is Dr. Normal Nagel.  His sermons are like listening to a homiletic version of a Bach Cantata.  I have only ever heard him preach once, now many years ago.  I do not recall the delivery … Continue reading

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Luther Quote of the Day

What the proverb says is true: “Every evil begins in the name of the Lord.”  Therefore, just as from the true Word of God salvation results, so also from the corrupt Word of God damnation results.  By “corrupt word” however, … Continue reading

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Classic Repost: Encouragement for New Pastors

I posted the following last year near the time of call services at the seminary.  Today is “Call Day” at my Alma Mater, and so I post it again.  May God bless the ministry of this new group of pastors … Continue reading

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Luther quote of the Week

It’s still early in the week, but I how can you top this one for pure awesomeness: The more you minimize sin, the more grace will decline in value.

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Luther Quote of the Day

We’ve all heard the “Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise” quote.  And indeed scripture is clear that music is a great and wonderful gift that God has given to His creation.  But how about this … Continue reading

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