Monthly Archives: April 2013

Chrysostom vs. ESV

In his homily on John 16, St. John Chrysostom explains John 16:22 in this way. Notice the elegant way in which he ties the sorrow and joy of the disciples to Jesus life, death and resurrection. And yet the woman … Continue reading

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Sermon for Easter 3

What punishment so strange is suffered yonder, the shepherd dies for sheep who love to wander…. Christ not only risks his life, but gives himself into death. The Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. We are told that … Continue reading

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The Real Problem

Ann Althouse (A center-right law prof who is pro-choice) has a post about the Kermit Gosnell trial that makes an excellent point. Had the media covered the trial like they should have, and said, “This is a terrible abuse of a woman’s … Continue reading

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Lord Have Mercy Upon Us

WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTOS AND TESTIMONY AT THE LINK BELOW A few weeks ago, I mentioned the words of our Lord when going to his crucifixion: For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and … Continue reading

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Pastoral Communion: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

“Actions speak louder than words” Every new pastor is told this.  It is not entirely true.  But actions do matter.  As theologians like to say, Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi: The Rule of Prayer is the Rule of Faith. The debate … Continue reading

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Review of “Already Gone”

Already Gone: Why your kids will quit church and what you can do to stop it. By Ken Ham and Britt Beemer. Green Forest, AZ: Master Books, 2009. 192 pages. Softcover. $12.99. The premise is chilling: Sunday School is actually … Continue reading

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Sermon for Easter 2 Midweek

Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones. Which was not the sermon hymn for our midweek service. But here is the sermon. Ezekiel’s vision of  the valley of dry bones.  God asks, “Can they live?” With man this is impossible. … Continue reading

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2KR TKO

In a previous post, I addressed the “hot new theology” (That’s never a good thing) of Two Kinds of Righteousness (2KR, because everything in Lutheranism needs a cool acronym). There are a couple of sermons, and Luther’s Galatians commentary where he … Continue reading

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Sermon for Quasimodogeniti

The First Sunday After Easter brings us to the institution of the apostolic and pastoral offices as well as the church herself. Add to that the apologetic regarding the resurrected Christ, and it’s one busy sermon. (To say nothing of … Continue reading

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Funeral For Berniece Wilson

Here is the Gospel proclaimed to the family and friends of Berniece Wilson, who was called to her heavenly home on Maundy Thursday evening. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints! Two days ago, … Continue reading

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