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: 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....
Advent 3 Dean's List Supplement to the Reflections
December 11th, 2020
Our joy in the Lord is such that He always gives. And our joy… well, what do we do when our joy runs out?...
Advent 2 - Dean's List Supplement to the Reflections
December 4th, 2020
While we were still sinners, He sent His Son to die for us. And that's the true sign of who we are. Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews, King of Zion. That Jesus is our King. He became our King when He brought us out of the domain of darkness into his own kingdom in the waters of Holy Baptism....
Advent 1 - Dean's List Supplement to the Reflections
November 27th, 2020
Advent. "Ad Te Levavi" It's all together. It's all about Jesus coming to get you...to save you! To get you out of your lost estate so that you would come, you would come into His kingdom, forever and ever....
Supplement to the Advent Reflections
November 27th, 2020
Hi, I’m Pastor Aaron Fenker. I serve as Dean of Theology for Higher Things. And from me and all of us at Higher Things, I just wanted to say Happy Advent! Jesus comes...to save you. Catch “The Dean” on Fridays in Advent for a special devotional supplement to the Higher Things daily Reflections. Subscribe to the free Reflections email list or download the printable PDF booklet at http://higherthing...
Dean's List: The End Is Near!
November 20th, 2020
Within our current age and culture--as it might be with every age--the end and meaning of human existence is defined within ourselves. But, waves, earthquakes, and hurricanes come and disrupt the world's perceived order of things--boats are rocked, towers fall down, and houses are blown away. All these things show that creation itself is groaning, waiting, and crying out, "The end is near!"...
Dean's List: The Immeasurable Mercy of God
November 6th, 2020
So what's the Father pouring forth? What does He unendingly give? What overflows? Well, He's merciful and compassionate so He's pouring forth His not-judging, His not-condemning, His pardoning, and His giving. And you can sum that all up in one word: forgiveness. That forgiveness is in His Son Jesus--in His death and resurrection. ...