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Book Review: “Beauty and Catechesis” by Rev. Gaven M. Mize
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Rev. Gaven Mize’s new book, Beauty and Catechesis, is a wonderful gift to the Church. Published by Grail Quest Books, Beauty and Catechesis brings to the forefront an often overlooked medium for confessing the faith—the visual arts. With the expertise of a sommelier pairing fine wine with dinner, Mize presents … Continue reading

Left and Right, Old and Young
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The continuum of left versus right in American politics is often an oversimplification and obfuscation, as the battle lines shift from issue to issue and from decade to decade. To know American politics requires the ability to quantify a platform according to multiple dimensions. But in the Church, there really … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Seventh Sunday after Trinity
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This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series Gospel Notes

The Gospel Notes for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, the Legal Half-Page PDF, or the Legal Black and White … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity
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Lambs at Pasture for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in conjunction with the Daily Prayer meditation found in the Lutheran Service Book (page 295). … Continue reading

The Problem with Edgy, Cool, and Hip Theology
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It seems that every generation has to push the envelope. What was taboo yesterday is acceptable today. Up until the 1970’s TV shows wouldn’t show the following: pregnant women, bathrooms, married couples sleeping in the same bed together, ladies’ navels. We chuckle at this. And it might make us think: why … Continue reading

Flashback

Who is your favorite pastor?

Who is your favorite pastor? This question gets asked a lot and in different forums. And the answers are just as numerous. “I like so and so from the Lutheran Hour,” or “I like what’s his face from BJS,” or … Continue reading

A Tiny Error Overthrows the Whole Teaching

“A little yeast leavens the whole lump.” Galatians 5:9 In Dr. Luther’s commentary on this verse, we may observe his typical approach in dealing with false teaching.  Even when someone seems to agree with right doctrine in most matters, divergence … Continue reading

Love, Homosexuality, and Christianity – Do Ask, Do Tell

If you have paid attention to the news over the last several years you have noticed that there has been a lot of attention given to the topic of homosexuality, especially over gay ‘marriage’ and the, Don’t ask, Don’t tell … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Sixth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 14 of 15 in the series Gospel Notes

This is part 14 of 15 in the series Gospel Notes The Gospel Notes for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity

Lambs at Pasture for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in conjunction with … Continue reading

Time Running Out – Three Estates Conference in Denver, CO

Want to make sense of the world around you? Want to understand how your family fits into everything? What about the Church? Come and hear teaching on the Three Estates, a teaching that will help us understand much that is … Continue reading

The Role of Human Experience In Reading The Written Word of God

I remember a pastor at seminary giving us the terrible advice that you shouldn’t preach against abortion because you will have members who have had abortions—“they might get hurt or be offended.” I said, “So we shouldn’t preach against sins … Continue reading

Your Family As Impetus For Daily Prayer

Throughout my twenties, I remained unmarried.  That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.  I was able to pursue my education without other distractions.  Serving a parish as a single man had a lot of advantages too.  I was able to devote … Continue reading

“Come to Me, and I Will Give You Rest” (Sermon on Matthew 11:25-30 and Romans 7:14-25a, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Come to Me, and I Will Give You Rest” (Matthew 11:25-30; Romans 7:14-25a) “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Here in this verse from today’s Gospel, Matthew 11:28, Jesus issues … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Fifth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 13 of 15 in the series Gospel Notes

This is part 13 of 15 in the series Gospel Notes The Gospel Notes for the Fifth Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Fifth Sunday after Trinity

Lambs at Pasture for the Fifth Sunday after Trinity and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in conjunction with … Continue reading

The Devil Hates Your Good Works

The devil hates your good works for three reasons. First, the Father of lies hates your good works because good works, by necessity, flow from faith in Christ Jesus. Jesus said, “Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but … Continue reading

The Fear of the Lord

“Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord” (Ps. 34:11). Do you fear the Lord? “Why would I fear the Lord?” someone might say. “The Lord says that he is ‘a God merciful … Continue reading

“A Sword, a Cross, and a Life” (Sermon on Matthew 10:34-42, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Sword, a Cross, and a Life” (Matthew 10:34-42) Today Jesus tells us that he came to bring us three things: “A Sword, a Cross, and a Life.” Are you sure you want these things? Let’s find out. Our text … Continue reading

Pentecost or Babel: A Plea for a Common Language in the Church

On a recent vacation, my family and I visited some of our pastor friends and their families in Michigan and Iowa. It was a wonderful time of refreshment. Even as we lamented the divisions in the Church around us, we … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Fourth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 12 of 15 in the series Gospel Notes

This is part 12 of 15 in the series Gospel Notes The Gospel Notes for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity

Lambs at Pasture for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in conjunction with … Continue reading

The Vice of Forgetfulness

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series The Book of Judges

This is part 7 of 7 in the series The Book of JudgesAs with virtue, remembering takes effort; as with vice, forgetting comes readily. And of all the things that mankind so readily forgets, he forgets nothing so readily as … Continue reading

Higher Things – Quo Vadis?

Over the years Higher Things has received the support of many readers of Brothers of John Steadfast as well as of our editors. Sadly and with great regret the editors of the Brothers of John the Steadfast can no longer … Continue reading

Pride

Pride (superbia) was the foundation of all sin in medieval piety and theology.  A concept well-established on the Bible and the Church Fathers, pride was the devil’s original sin. Augustine of Hippo explained that pride was the original sin of … Continue reading