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.

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 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 [...]

It’s Coming: The Tale of Two Advents

It's coming! We have waited 32 years for it, but the events and characters in the fictional Star Wars galaxy will finally have their next chapter revealed. Fans of all ages can share the thrill [...]

So You Think You Can Dance? True Confessions of a Former Liturgical Dancer

by Kim Grams Before I married my husband, now an LCMS pastor, I took adult instruction. As I studied Lutheran doctrine, I learned about worship. It’s not about MY performance, but about God [...]

Jesu Juva: Theological Competence Makes Musical Genius

While it certainly is true that Johann Sebastian Bach stands as a giant in the musical world, it is also true that he stands on the shoulders of the theologians from the German Reformation [...]

The Church’s One Foundation

This image of Christ and the Church has been stuck in my head for a while now. It is a wonderful image to think about- that Christ gave up the glory of heaven to come down to earth to redeem [...]

Rhythm of Faith: God’s Gifts During the Reformation

Can you hear it? It's still beating—the heart of Lutheranism still flowing through time, not just once during the Reformation service we anticipate every year, but from our new heart of faith. [...]

Dürer: “The Knight, Death and the Devil” and Faith Alone

In 1513, Albrecht Dürer produced "The Knight, Death and the Devil," in the wake of his mother's death. To this day, this copper engraving is recognized as a masterpiece of its genre, but is [...]

José y Maria

In 2014, the graphic novelist, Everette Patterson, of Portland Oregon decided to do a Christmas card in the vein of the graphic novel pioneer Will Eisner, "who so often depicted, with religious [...]