Monthly Archives: December 2017

Advent Midweek Sermon

Advent Midweek Services this year are based on the Old Testament Reading from the previous Sunday. Tonight, the text is Jeremiah 23:5-8. NB: Midweek sermons are often outlined in whole or part, and I tend to depart from the manuscript. … Continue reading

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Res Ipsa

At the 2013 synod convention, an overture was brought to the floor to commend the universities of our synod for their faithfulness. This happens every three years. It is a pro-forma thing to commend the LCMS and her constituent parts … Continue reading

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8th Commandment done right: Lessons from a Football Game

When I was in high school, the PE Teacher / Football coach – one of the most godly men I have ever met – announced at the beginning of our freshman year, “When I’m teaching a skill, if you do … Continue reading

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Hard Cases and Bad Laws: 8th Commandment edition

Some years ago, our “flagship” seminary had a spot of trouble. The one job they were given – training pastors to faithfully teach the Word of God to our parishes – became too much of a burden. Instead of faithfulness, … Continue reading

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Sermon for Advent 1

In retrospect I should have started with a quote from the famous philosopher Mark Twain: “Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.” Monday morning quarterbacking, I suppose. I think the sermon still holds together… Happy New Year! … Continue reading

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