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Wednesday of the 22ndWeek after Trinity

16. Why should we remember and proclaim His death?  [ read more ]

In Reflections // October 15, 2016

Praying for Your Front-Line Pastor

There are far too many people who seem to think that their faithful pastors are shrinking violets or spineless buffoons who are unable (or even unwilling) to hear of your demons and sins. Perhaps you fear that we cannot handle the rawness and reality of your failings. It may help to remember that we pastors spend every single day in hand-to-hand combat with Satan himself and his demons. St. Paul even gives us a reminder: "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places" (Ephesians 6:12 ESV).  [ read more ]

In Articles // October 25, 2016

Episode 50: G is for Grounded

Pastor Riley and Kate discuss the ongoing identity crisis that we face each day.
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In Simulcast // October 24, 2016

Who Was Martin Luther? Part 9

Martin Luther's move to Wittenberg did not lighten his workload at all. In fact, if anything, after he received his special license that made him a candidate for the doctorate in 1512, Luther's life became so busy he barely had time to sleep.  [ read more ]

In Articles // October 24, 2016

Is the Reformation Still Relevant?

The heart of the matter is expressed no better than in the fourth article of the Augsburg Confession, the foundational document of the teaching of the Lutheran Church. "Our churches teach that people cannot be justified before God by their own strength, merits, or works. People are freely justified for Christ's sake, through faith, when they believe that they are received into favor and that their sins are forgiven for Christ's sake. By His death, Christ made satisfaction for our sins. God counts this faith for righteousness in His sight (Romans 3 and 4).  [ read more ]

In Articles // October 24, 2016

What's The Reformation All About Anyway?

So, when you hear the Gospel reading from John 8 appointed for Reformation Sunday telling you that you are free in Jesus don't be filled with pride and arrogance and look down on others who are not Lutherans. Instead, give thanks for those who have gone before you and who have delivered to you the Good News that you are saved by grace through faith in Christ alone.  [ read more ]

In Articles // October 19, 2016

The Largely Catechized Life: A God Who Wants to Take Care of You

In this episode of The Largely Catechized Life, Pr. Goodman teaches us that in the First Commandment, you have a God who wants to take care of you so that you don't have to take care of yourself.  [ read more ]

In The Largely Catechized Life // October 19, 2016

Higher Things Magazine - Fall 2016

The leaves are changing and the mornings have become crisp and cool, which means it's time to launch Higher Things Magazine's Bread of Life Retrospective fall issue, featuring several HT conference plenary speakers, catechists and attendees.  [ read more ]

In News // October 17, 2016

Episode 49: F is for Fellowship

Pastor Riley, Sandra, and Kate discuss the purpose and challenges of fellowship in the church versus the community we find in other groups outside the church.
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In Simulcast // October 17, 2016

The Crucifixion and Crucifixes

The strange feeling of being excited about the Crucifixion afflicts Pastor Eric Brown and Thomas in this episode. In it, they deal with passages in which Jesus is condemned and killed, and discuss whether it's proper (and why) for us Christians to adorn our spaces with the symbol of the crucifix. Also, they host the first ever Gospeled Boldly Fashion show!
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In Gospeled Boldly // October 17, 2016

Reflections for End of the Church Year Now Available

Higher Things presents the next set of Daily Reflections for the weeks of Trinity 22 through the End of the Church Year, October 23 through November 26, 2016. Reflections are available as a printable booklet and in a variety of other formats below.  [ read more ]

In News // October 15, 2016

Illuminating the Paschal Candle

So, you know that candle that is in the church that is on a stand? It is often found near the baptismal font or the altar—but not always. It's called the Paschal candle. Have you ever wondered why the Paschal candle is lit on some Sundays and on some occasions, but not on others? C'mon...you know you have!  [ read more ]

In Articles // October 13, 2016