Author Archives: Country Preacher

Thoughts on Hymn Picking

As a pastor, I pick a lot of hymns. The goal of any hymn should be to confess Christ. This means that a lot of “old favorites” are not really appropriate for the Divine Service. No agony there. If it … Continue reading

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Sermon for Ascension

Shamelessly adapted from Luther’s Ascension Day sermon: We finally come to the feast of the Ascension. There really isn’t much to do. On Christmas we sing carols and light candles. On Palm Sunday we wave palms, On Good Friday we … Continue reading

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Representative Church

Our District President is giving his state of the district report. That’s always good in our district – and often the best part of the convention. Today he is speaking about the importance of the wider church, as we share … Continue reading

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Wisdom of the Fathers

Today is the feast of Saint Athanasius. In honor of that, I quote Saint Gregory Nazianzen, who wrote a lovely oration in honor of Athanasius some years later. This is not from that oration, nor does it at all relate … Continue reading

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Why I won’t listen

People are accusing this simple country parson of being unreasonable. I won’t listen to the sermon, (except for a few words I heard when getting the screenshot – which was way more than enough) yet I am calling on the … Continue reading

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Do Not Give What Is Holy To Dogs

UPDATE: I repent of saying that it was a sin for synod officials not to walk out of the service. I know there are many ways to address this, some publicly some privately. It is difficult to know how to … Continue reading

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Easter Penitence

Sin in haste and repent at leisure, they say. Well today I had a chance to catch up on some penitence for Lenten gluttony. It was occasioned by my daily bike ride. The temperature was 40 degrees. And I was … Continue reading

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