For You and For All

Whoa there Peter! Better try that again! After all, we Americans are told time and time again by the popular TV, radio, and book pastors that Holy Baptism is a nothing! That Holy Baptism is only [...]

The Gift of Incense

So, now what? What purpose does incense serve? How does it point us to Jesus? The gift of incense is that it reminds us that God is angry with His people no more! Incense proclaims that there has [...]

The Thing About Mary

Mary’s faith is what has always astounded me. If some strange guy appeared out of nowhere and started talking to me, telling me that I’d suddenly be pregnant, but not by any man–by the Holy [...]

Sinners Love a Checklist

Me, I just need my list. And then with my handy-dandy notepad, I can check off when I've done what I need to do and know that it's done and I'm getting better. I'll be that person with two [...]

Lead Us Not into Temptation

"Did God say, "You shall not eat of any tree of the garden?'" A subtle, subversive question. A devilish question. What did God say? You may eat the fruit of all the trees in the garden except [...]

Is Faith Unreasonable?

Evolutionary biologist and outspoken atheist Dr. Richard Dawkins writes, “Faith is the great 
cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is the belief in [...]

Top Ten Reasons Why We Use the Liturgy

Why the Liturgy?  First a definition and a disclaimer.  By “liturgy” I mean the western catholic mass form as it has been handed down by way of the Lutheran Reformation consisting of the five [...]

Credo… remissionem peccatorum

My little church had a wonderful organist play for our services during Holy Week. He was amazing! I had never heard our little organ make such wonderful sounds. The walls shook, the people sang [...]

Why Make the Sign of the Cross?

"Why make the sign of the cross, isn't that Roman Catholic?" was a common expression I heard when I was in the parish. I responded first by mentioning that Luther's Catechism teaches us to make [...]