Kicking Against the Goads of Christ

For when they persecute you for his names sake, they kick against the goads of Christ their Lord and Savior who carried the cross also for them, and calls them to repentance.

Buildings Restored – A Meditation on Amos 9:11-15

In that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen… Picture it. There’s an old, ramshackle building. Back in its day it must have been something grand, built with beauty [...]

Concord #6: Justification

Justification is getting lined back up again, like this paragraph is “left justified” because the words are lined up straight on the left side. Justification is how we get pointed back toward [...]

Catechism: Intro to the Small Catechism

Now is the perfect time to pull your Small Catechism from the shelf, blow off the dust, and rediscover its value. Before Rev. Cwirla delves into even more Catechism goodness, he lays out its [...]

The Father’s Heavenly Embrace

In this painting, The Prodigal Son (1924), Giorgio de Chirico revisits one of his favorite themes, a motif he first drew in 1917 as the "Great War" was coming to an end, and first painted in [...]

The Glory Fills the House – A Meditation on 1 Kings 8:6-13

“And when the priests came out of the Holy Place, a cloud filled the house of the LORD, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the [...]

Concord #5: Jesus

In the second article of the Augsburg Confession, the first evangelical Christians presented the problem of sin. Without delay, the solution to sin is given in the very next article of [...]

Ichabod!

by The Rev. Rich Heinz Ichabod? That seems like a funny name to bring up right now. Most often that name makes us think of Ichabod Crane and the headless horseman. But the name is recorded in 1 [...]

The Good Shepherd Calls His Sheep from the Kalahari Cattle Herds

"A Good Shepherd" is typical of John's style of linocut. It looks a bit primitive, and yet his play on black and white would not only carry a subtly sophisticated commentary on life amidst [...]

A Weak and Crying Glory – A Meditation on Isaiah 60:1-6

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.” – Isaiah 60:1 The wise men followed the star that shone so brightly, and they brought their gifts of [...]