Dean's List

author: Rev. Aaron Fenker

Pastor Fenker is the Lutheranest guy we know in HT when it comes to theology. Like, it's almost scary sometimes how Lutheran he is. He even looks like our historic Lutheran father, Philip Melanchthon! 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. On the DEAN'S LIST, we'll learn about theology and whatever he wants to teach us. But mostly we'll read about Jesus, for us. Because that's what being Lutheran is really all about.
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As the Dean of Theology, Pastor Fenker oversees all the ways that Christ crucified is delivered throughout all Higher Things’ operations and programs, making sure that all its teaching, preaching, and worship deliver Christ and His forgiveness to those Higher Things’ has been blessed to serve. As a Lutheran pastor, he believes that all people, even youth and young adults, need not just pure doctrine but the pure Gospel, Christ crucified for the forgiveness of their sins. He passionately strives to make sure that Jesus’ teaching, Jesus’ preaching, Jesus’ Word, Jesus’ Sacraments, Jesus’ forgiveness are all delivered FOR YOU.
Dean's List: God's Plan for You
April 16th, 2021
There's no dream destiny that God has planned for you that you might miss out on. So many Christians out there struggle with finding out God's plan. ...
Lent 2 - Supplement to the Reflections
March 5th, 2021
By Harrison Goodman Hi, I’m Pastor Goodman, and this is the Assistant to the Dean's List. We are examining our daily Reflections at Higher Things, finding the gift of Jesus given for you throughout this Lenten season. This, the second Sunday in Lent would be Reminiscere. Again, Latin for the first bit of the Introit: "Remember Your mercy, O Lord, and Your steadfast love." God doesn't need help doi...
Lent 1 - Supplement to the Reflections
February 26th, 2021
Harrison Goodman Hi, I’m Pastor Goodman and this is the Assistant to the Dean’s List. We are taking a walk through our daily Reflections here at Higher Things, to help guide you as you reflect upon the gifts of Law and Gospel this Lenten season. We are in the first week of Lent, beginning with the first Sunday in Lent, which is called “Invocabit.” It’s a fancy Latin word, from the first part of th...
Welcome to Lent - Supplement to the Reflections
February 17th, 2021
Lent is about a God who would dare to die for us sinners, for you. Lent is about the Cross. Because something happened on that cross. All of those sins that we’re so ashamed of were hung on Jesus. All of the pains that leave us lying in the fetal position were borne by Him. All of the wrath of God, who hates seeing the things that we have done to ourselves and each other, well that was put on Chri...
Dean's List: Called to Serve
February 5th, 2021
You are a child of God. You are a saint. You are spotless, blameless, and holy before your heavenly Father. You have the Spirit. You no longer live, but Christ lives in you, who loved you and gave Himself for you (Galatians 2:20). All of these truths together mean one thing: you are baptized....
Dean's List: Jesus Hits the Spot!
January 22nd, 2021
We need something more than personal preferences. We need more direction in life than just what we feel hits the spot. The account of the 10 lepers in Luke 17 is like a map or a signpost--something objective--that shows us that it’s not a matter of “what hits the spot?” but rather “who marks the spot?” And all the movement in our text--and there’s a lot of it--actually makes it easy to figure it o...
Dean's List: The Catechism Really Is for You
January 8th, 2021
Theology, the study of God revealed to us in Jesus Christ, isn’t just for pastors or really smart people. You started to do that in catechism class. There you skimmed the surface of the Christian faith, but what does it take to really dive deep? Well, beyond reading your Scriptures, it’s really no different than the book you used in class--the Small Catechism!...
Dean's List: Jesus Is Your Peace
December 25th, 2020
No, you don’t find peace. No one does. Not true peace, that is. The truth is the Christmas season’s Good News isn’t peace on earth that we have to make happen. The truth is Peace finds you because Peace is a Person. ...
Christmas Supplement to the Reflections
December 25th, 2020
Merry Christmas from Higher Things!...
Advent 4 Supplement to the Reflections
December 18th, 2020
That's our comfort, and our joy this Christmas season. That our Lord isn't just born. That's not very comforting. He's born, well, FOR YOU! And He's born for you, to die FOR YOU....