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The Call is from God, not the People

Today the LCMS commemorates a local Saint – but one who had a tremendous effect on Christians throughout the world. It’s CFW Walther day. It’s not an overstatement to say that, without him, Confessional Lutheranism might not have survived past … Continue reading

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Already a Conflict

I’m doing some research into Aristotle for a class I’ll be teaching later this summer on Catechesis. (Stay tuned for more details on that, but if you will be anywhere near Southeast Wyoming the first part of August, save a … Continue reading

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Finally Following the Advice

Every three years or so, I remember Saint Gregory Nazianzen as I head off to convention. This year, I am actually following the advice he gives and remaining home for contemplation and prayer. For my part, if I am to … Continue reading

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Diploma of Vocation

I’ve been getting requests for the Diploma of Vocation I put together – it has the advantage of not being modernistic and ugly. Not that the beauty of the certificate makes it valid. But, if you’re receiving a call from … Continue reading

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Sermon for Cantate

The season of Easter could be called the season of Baptism. In the early church, the catechumens would be baptized at the Easter Vigil – midnight between Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. The resurrection of the Lord is the source … Continue reading

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Sermon for Jubilate

The disciples really didn’t get it. The more clear Jesus tries to be, the less they understood him. But dying and be raised from the dead on the third day isn’t exactly normal. Jesus is going to re-create the creation. … Continue reading

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Actual Solutions

It’s impossible to avoid hearing “The system is corrupt!” “Demand accountability!” etc. But those are slogans to inflame the emotions. They are not solutions. “Be less systemically racist” is not a plan of action. “Have more accountability” is not something … Continue reading

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Arrogance and Tradition

The church has a beautiful series of prayers to be used throughout the year. They are called “Collects” because they collect the themes of the day into a short, one-sentence prayer. Or rather they did. With revisions in the hymnal … Continue reading

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An Honor to Be Nominated

“The Law of God is Good and Wise.” When men try to work outside of the Divine Law, it is neither good nor wise. It causes problems. The solution, of course, would be to return to the Divine Law. But … Continue reading

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Resting in Rivendell and Lorien

I drive a lot, so I listen to books on tape. And I keep returning to Lord of the Rings. I’m finishing up again, and I noticed something I had missed before. Maybe it was an article I read comparing … Continue reading

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