Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, The Church breathes. In and out. Gathering in, and then sending out. This is the constant pattern of the Church and this is her life. We are always coming in, and then going out. We gather in as we gather for the Divine Service, whether that be in a … More The Church Breathes
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Sailors use the light of a lighthouse to guide them to find safe passage along treacherous shores, or as means to guide their ship to a safe harbour. Sometimes bars or clubs will use spotlights to guide people living in the big city to a big party or event. … More Epiphany
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Why do we go to church? Why do we go to church when the hairs are all grey, or not there at all, and the children are few and far between? Why do we go to church when there are more empty pews than full, the voices for singing … More Why Do We Go To Church?
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, We’ve come to the last part of the Small Catechism, the Sacrament of the Altar. Baptism begins a struggle, a struggle against sin and our sinful natures. It is a struggle that is fought by a daily return to Baptism through Confession and Absolution. It is a struggle that … More The Small Catechism: The Lord’s Supper
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, “Concerning confession they teach that private absolution should be retained in the churches…” (AC, XI) Contrary to popular belief, Lutherans do have private confession and absolution. It’s not a Roman Catholic thing, but a catholic thing, meaning that it is part of the universal church of all times and … More Confession
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Last month we spoke about how Martin Luther formed his catechism so that after laying down the law and gospel in the Ten Commandments and Apostles’ Creed, he moved on the Lord’s Prayer to discuss how God’s children come to their heavenly Father. This month we begin to talk … More Baptism
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Martin Luther formatted his Catechism in a very particular way. One Medieval Roman Catholic handbook for Christians went through Apostles’ Creed, then the Commandments, then to Christian living, which included hearing Mass, praying the Our Father, the Ave Maria, or the like, and a guide on Christian childbearing and … More The Our Father