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A Place for “Weak” Hymns

What is a hymn? Properly, it is a sung confession of the faith. To confess the faith is to speak back to God what he has said about himself. By that standard, a lot of songs in churches aren’t really … Continue reading

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Sermon for Trinity 23: Render Unto Caesar

Busy week, so I have not had time to get my sermon posted before today, now that we are almost to next Sunday. But for those struggling with how to respond to strange government rules that keep changing, perhaps you … Continue reading

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Requiescat in Pace

Roger Pittelko, Shepherd in Christ’s church, 1932-2020 “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof!”

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A Historical Look at the Future

Pastors have hobbies. Mine is studying history. So, if you’ll allow this slight digression from my usual theological posts, I take a stab at historical analysis. I’ve submitted it for publication elsewhere but 1) They have never actually published anything … Continue reading

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A New Way to Look at Catechesis

Earlier this week I received a phone call from a pastor who had been in the ministry about 18 months. He had already gotten tired of the typical Catechesis materials: Worksheets, lesson plans, tests and quizzes, etc. The children were … Continue reading

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Reformation Day

On All Hallows Eve 1517, Martin Luther posted 95 theses to dispute the sale of indulgences in the church. He didn’t know that the fire he lit that day would burn through the entire world as “The Reformation”. Today seems … Continue reading

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New Project

I am basically done with all my continuing education projects. I’ve had a few small tasks over the last few months, but they are cleared off the desk as well. That means I can finally begin the project I’ve been … Continue reading

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Reformation in a Time of Blizzard

Jesus is teaching the people. The Kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. John was in prison because he told Herod “You sinned by taking your brother’s wife as your own.” The ruler of the … Continue reading

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Asking for the Judgment of God

There are many wonderful things about life in the church. Dealing with corrupt teaching is not one of them. It compromises and corrupts even those who try to faithfully teach God’s Word, until they often can no longer even see … Continue reading

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What Does the Bible Say?

There is a post making the social media rounds, titled “Yes, the Bible Forbids ____”.* The problem is, at no point does the article give evidence that the Bible actually forbids it. That’s sort of a problem. Claiming “The Bible … Continue reading

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