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The 14th Sunday after Trinity

"Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?" (Luke 17:18)  [ read more ]

In Reflections // July 26, 2016

Episode 44: A is for Absurdity

I don't know what happened in this episode. It's about the Law, the Gospel, the Liturgy, the Sacraments, ministry to people with disabilities, babies, baptism, Genesis, sleeping...even a basement sink. Listen in as Pastor Riley and Sandra Ostapowich follow this week's rabbit trails.
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In Simulcast // August 25, 2016

Church Is All About You

Church is all about you... but not how you think. Pr. Borghardt teaches us that church really is all about us receiving the gifts of God.  [ read more ]

In Video Shorts // August 25, 2016

Stand by Me

The promise of baptism is a Jesus who stands by me. The promise is that Jesus will always be faithful though I am faithless (2 Timothy 2:13). He wrapped Himself around me in the waters of my baptism and took my sins from me giving me His righteousness. The promise is that "He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1:6). He has promised He will never leave me and God cannot lie.  [ read more ]

In Articles // August 24, 2016

Who Was Martin Luther? Part 3

Young Martin Luther came of age in a religious culture that mirrored the world. If he worked hard enough, maybe he received his just desserts. In the same way, if he was devout and earnest about his eternal salvation, he might receive grace and be allowed to walk through heaven's gates at the time of death.  [ read more ]

In Articles // August 23, 2016

Moving On: A Letter from Father to Son

I hope this letter is a gift to you, Son. I hope it's a gift to the rest of you who read it, too. Your parents love you. They are proud of you. They will be proud of whatever and wherever the Lord leads you. And if you ever&mdashand I mean ever&mdashneed any help in your journey, know that your parents will be there for you, to pick you up, to remind you are forgiven, and to tell you that you that they love you.  [ read more ]

In Articles // August 23, 2016

Two Kinds of Eating

Two kinds of eating. Both of them are necessary for the Sacrament. Because of the Word of Christ, the bread is the body, the body is in the bread; the cup is the blood, the blood is in the cup. Everyone who eats and drinks eats and drinks Body and Blood. But by faith and the Holy Spirit we receive this Body and Blood for a benefit—eternal life now and on the Last Day.  [ read more ]

In Articles // August 22, 2016

Special Episode: Philemon

So, you think a book about a runaway slave headed home doesn't have anything to say to us today? WRONG! Join pastors Riley and Brown as they ruminate on a great little churchy book on Love — Philemon.
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In Simulcast // August 21, 2016

Reflections of a Higher Things Cantor

The song of the Church is what we sing and teach at Higher Things. Jesus—for me and for you! As I traced the sign of the cross, I was reminded of my death and resurrection in Holy Baptism—and that there is nothing worth comparing to this life-long comfort sure. Together with youth and adults, pastors and laypeople, we joined with angels, archangels, and all the company of heaven in their continuous song of praise—a song that has no end. We ate and drank Christ's Body and Blood—the festival to which the Lord invites us.  [ read more ]

In Articles // August 21, 2016

Higher Things Conference Memories

We young confessional Lutherans aren't alone. Attending a conference provides the chance to see and experience that, even for only four days, but the understanding and faith strengthening we acquire in invaluable.  [ read more ]

In Articles // August 20, 2016

Three Reasons I Love Higher Things Conferences

I attended the Bread of Life Conference in Cedar Falls, Iowa this year. My favorite part of the conference was the church services, especially Evening Prayer. The liturgy was absolutely beautiful. I greatly savored the fellowship experienced by singing the liturgy and hymnody with hundreds of other youth who "Dare to be Lutheran®."  [ read more ]

In Articles // August 20, 2016

The Olympics: A Lesson in Grace

Like the Russian athletes who should probably not have been allowed to compete, we, too, should not have been allowed access to God and His grace. We only do through the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who died on the cross for our sins.  [ read more ]

In Articles // August 19, 2016