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Higher Things® has been known for our youth conferences that provide an intense week of Lutheran worship, catechesis, and fun. But we also have a ton of resources available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to help you learn (and teach!) what it means to be Lutheran—that you believe that we are are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

Here you'll find new articles and videos being posted every day, highlighting all sorts of different subjects: worship practices, theology and philosophy, social issues, history, and whatever news is flying around social media this week. (We take requests, too.)

Our goal is to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to bear on any and every issue facing youth today, and equip parents, pastors, and youth leaders to do the same!

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Bible 101

In Bible 101, Pastor Mark Buetow leads you through the Bible and highlights the important things to keep in mind and how they all ultimately point you right to Christ and Him crucified for you.

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The Catechized Life

So much of what we believe, teach, and confess is condensed into a booklet that a child can understand. And yet even Martin Luther himself said he could never grasp all the depth of it. 

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Dead Christians

Throughout history we’ll find stories about saints and martyrs — men and women who died professing their Christian faith. They proclaimed the Gospel and led lives worthy of legends. They are the dead Christians you should know about.

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Hymnal 101

The hymnal isn’t just a book we use for church services. It contains a ton of resources that can be used throughout the week, even at home! Rev. Matt Richard teaches about the hymnal and why every Lutheran home should have one!

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Hymns from Conferences

Rejoice in the gift of hymnody, especially hymns sung by Lutheran youth! These videos, recorded live at Higher Things conferences, provide a glimpse into the worship life at these unique events

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Largely Catechized Life

You’ve heard of the Small Catechism. But did you know there’s a Large Catechism? Go deeper into what Lutherans believe as Rev. Harrison Goodman walks us through the other catechism. Only larger.

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Live Bible Study

Join us Monday-Saturday for our regular Facebook Live stream of a cooperative-effort Bible study. Pastor Borghardt teaches us through the Gospel of St. Matthew, live on our Facebook page!

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Video Catechism

Whether you want to learn more about Lutheran beliefs, want a refresher, or are supplementing your confirmation class discussion, the Video Catechism with Pastor Mark Buetow is a great resource available for you!

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Video Shorts

In the Video Shorts, Pastor George Borghardt talks about everything from Sunday's Gospel reading, to issues in the news, to Lutheran doctrine and practice. One day each week is even reserved for an ongoing Bible study!

COLUMNS

Debunked

A lot of people have a lot of ideas about Christianity. At Higher Things, we want you to know the truth (and the Truth). In this column, we will take apart false ideas and DEBUNK the confusing myths about our faith.

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Digging Deeper

We know you're up for learning more about theology, history, philosophy and the like. HT doesn't just help you set your mind on things above, we take you DIGGING DEEPER to learn more than you thought you could.

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Flex

Life is interesting. Sometimes weird. What does that have to do with your faith? Exactly. That's why we should talk about the various ideas floating around the world in the news and social media.

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Foundations

We aren't interested in any sort of "new" theology (that's how heresy gets started!) but we can take a fresh look at the FOUNDATIONS of our faith—making sure they're still strong and forming the basis of what we believe.

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Helpful Things

You might've noticed that Higher Things is different. We teach the historical traditions of our Lutheran faith to pass it on to the next generations. HELPFUL THINGS will teach you about youth ministry, from our philosophy to the practical.

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Musica Sacra

Not only do we need to pass on the teachings of our faith to the next generations, but the music that proclaims it as well. In MUSICA SACRA, we will learn about hymns, musicians, and leading the Church in song.

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Speaking of Faith

How do you talk about your beliefs with friends who haven't thought about what they believe before, and have no concept of church? SPEAKING OF FAITH will equip you to talk about what you believe...and why you believe it.

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Dean’s List

Pastor Fenker is the Lutheranest guy we know in HT when it comes to theology. So we figured that the Dean of Theology for Higher Things should have a column to share his Lutheran thoughts with the world so we can become more Lutheraner, too.

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This Just In

Something's happened. It's all over the news. For a lot of people, life will never be the same again. The world has shaken a little bit and it's going to take some sorting out. THIS JUST IN will help us do that, and remind us how God is always working for our good in Christ.

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Under the Cross

The Gospel means something. Jesus dying for us has to matter...it just has to. Living out our lives UNDER THE CROSS means living in the hope of the Gospel in spite of our suffering.

PODCASTS

As Lutheran
as It Gets

As Lutheran As It Gets delves deep into the deep tracks, B-sides, and basement tapes of our Lutheran fathers. Hosted by Rev. Donavon Riley with Rev. Christopher Gillespie interrupting the monologue and producing.

The Uncultured Saints

We hear the same thing over and over. Christianity doesn’t fit with culture. Join Pr. Goodman and Pr. Lietzau to tackle today’s issues with the Lutheran Confessions and get answers to today’s questions from a timeless truth in Christ.

REFLECTIONS

Reflections

Since 2005, Higher Things® has provided free daily devotions, called Reflections, for youth and families. These Reflections are centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and are based upon texts from the one-year lectionary and Luther’s Small Catechism.
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