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Pastor Joseph Abrahamson serves Clearwater Lutheran Parish (E.L.S.): a parish of four Confessional Lutheran congregations in very rural Northwestern, Minnesota. He and his wife, Mary, have 10 children. Pastor Abrahamson is a graduate of Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, and of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies. He has served on the Faculty/Staff at Bethany Lutheran College teaching Religion, Linguistics, Archaeology, and Self-Defense; and was on Staff at the University of Wisconsin as an Information Processing Consultant (Computer Geek) while doing graduate work in Semitics. Pastor Abrahamson has served Clearwater Lutheran Parish (ELS) for since Dec. 2001.

Sermon Audio: What is the Transfiguration of Our Lord?

Sermon Text: Matthew 17:1-9,

Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary, Historic Lectionary for Transfiguration

Pastor Abrahamson of Clearwater Lutheran Parish, NW, Minnesota. January 25, 2015.

New Older Manuscript of Mark? Cool it, please.

There is something people are passing around on FaceBook that is a bit befuddling. It sounds fantastic, but, really….It is not news or even really newsworthy.The Blaze ran a sensationalizing story on January 20th, 2015 titled Bible Scripture Found Hidden in Mummy Mask Could End Up Being the Oldest Gospel Ever This was based on a story at the LiveScience website published January 18th, 2015 titled Mummy Mask May Reveal Oldest Known Gospel The story is not new. It dates back to 2012. In the article at LiveScience a brief YouTube video of Dr. Craig Evans, professor of New Testament   More…

Chemnitz on The Duties of the Pastor

Martin Chemnitz (1522-86) was one of the principle figures in the Lutheran Reformation. A good case could be made that he is the person most responsible for the defense and promotion of the true Orthodox Lutheran faith after Martin Luther. Chemitz was the son-in-law and student of Philip Melanchthon. Melanchthon himself was one of Luther’s chief aids, and was responsible for the writing of the Augsburg Confession, the Apology to the Augsburg Confession, and the Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope.In the times of crisis after Martin Luther’s death, Chemnitz was able with a handful of others   More…

Redeeming Holy Days-Candlemas/Presentation

Candlemas is February 2nd, forty days after the birth of Christ it is the Festival of the Purification of Mary. The Gospel Lesson for this festival is Luke 2:22-40. Perhaps this particular festival does not loom as large in significance to many Christian readers. Even more unfortunately, it seems to be overlooked in Lutheranism today. The theological importance of Christ’s presentation at the Temple, Mary’s fulfillment of the Law of Purification, the meeting with Simeon and Anna, and the words of Simeon to Mary and the Nunc Dimittis are essential to appreciating the Humiliation of the Son of God when   More…

Book Review — The History of Time: A Very Short Introduction

Originally posted over on alltheknowledgeintheworld on blogspot:   The History of Time: A Very Short Introduction by Leofranc Holford-Strevens Click here to see it on amazon Oxford University Press, 2005. It’s very easy for readers of the Bible and of history to mistakenly think that the modern calendar we have grown up with actually applies to the dating of events in the past. In fact, for the US and for England our current calendar only goes back to the mid 18th century. The one in use before that had its own problems and was variously and differently applied to some   More…

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5:2 Trying Even Harder To Be Non-Biblical and Non-Lutheran

I have written a few articles on a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod movement called FiveTwo. This movement is anti-Scriptural at its base, though the founder, Bill Woolsey, and his followers would object to that description in the strongest terms. I’m not in the LC-MS. The reason I’ve written about them is that the fact that they are allowed to exist as part of a nominally Confessional Lutheran church body means that people will see them as a legitimate and approved expression of Confessional Lutheran Christianity. After all, if they are part of the largest self-identifying Confessional Lutheran synod in the U.S.   More…

2015 San Antonio Biblical Worldview Conference

Faith Lutheran Church of San Antonio, Texas will host The San Antonio Biblical Worldview Conference this Feb. 6 & 7, 2015. The purpose of the is advocating vigilance and truth for students, parents, teachers, pastors, laymen, helping students understand the times and culture they live in, and assisting Christian parents and others with biblical insight into popular worldviews. The presenters are grounded in the authority of Scripture and the conservative Lutheran Reformation           Presenters: Rev. Chris Rosebrough (Fighting for the Faith), Dr. Joel Heck, Rev. Jay Webber, Dr. Daniel van Voorhis, Rev. David Thompson $25/student (college,   More…

Five-Two, Casual Blasphemers

Luther on the Second Commandment in his Large Catechism wrote about how God’s name is misused: 54] But, the greatest abuse occurs in spiritual matters, which pertain to the conscience, when false preachers rise up and offer their lying vanities as God’s Word. 55] Behold, all this is decking one’s self out with God’s name, or making a pretty show, or claiming to be right, whether it occur in gross, worldly business or in sublime, subtile matters of faith and doctrine. And among liars belong also blasphemers, not alone the very gross, well known to every one, who disgrace God’s   More…

Christ Myth Theory: Horus? Born of a Virgin? Not!

December 23rd, 2014 1 comment

One of the many points falsely claimed in Christ Myth Theory about the supposed dependence of Christ upon the legends of Egypt is the claim that Horus was born of a virgin. The claim is utterly false. Egyptian mythology is not a single, monolithic source. The legends differed from time to time and region to region. But there is a very consistent treatment of this particular point in Egyptian mythology. This post contains graphic language and visually graphic Egyptian artwork about this particular claim. Both the language and the artwork are necessary to demonstrate the claim as invalid. However some   More…

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies: Christmas and Saturnalia

December 22nd, 2014 6 comments

Did Christianity Steal the Date of Pagan Winter Solstice Celebrations? The Roman celebration discussed in this article is the multi-day festival of Saturnalia. The Mis-Use of Roman Sources: Saturnalia In these articles we have seen the texts from the early Christians that show their reasons why they calculated particular dates for the Incarnation and Birth of Christ. These dates were based on the Passover texts. Even their calculation for the dates of the Creation of the universe centered on the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ at the Passover. Saturnalia Saturnalia is often talked about as if it were the same   More…

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies: Christmas and Sigillaria

Do the Nativity sets Christians use actually have their origins in the pagan Roman festival called Sigillaria? Sigillaria Macrobius in Saturnalia 1.11.46-50 discusses the Sigillaria–a festival that involves the purchase and giving of little human figures and candles. The fact that little figurines were used in this pagan Roman festival is the basis for the claim that Christians stole this idea to make their own Nativity Sets. This festival, Sigillaria, seems to have been a market day rather than a religious feast, but is closely associated with Saturnalia. And there too, the date has nothing to do with the dates   More…

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies: Christmas and Juvenalia

December 20th, 2014 1 comment

Did Christianity Steal the Date of Pagan Winter Solstice Celebrations? Juvenalia is one of those Roman festivals that is claimed as a winter solstice celebration that was borrowed or baptized by Christians for Christmas. But was it even a winter solstice celebration? The Mis-Use of Roman Records-Juvenalia When modern critics of Christian Christmas make claims that Christians stole the solstice celebrations they usually mix together their ideas of Roman, Germanic, Nordic, and Celtic winter celebrations into an anachronistic mash or impossibly conflicting claims. The method is to overwhelm people with their supposed “information.” There is just too much data for   More…

Christ Myth Theory [Jesus is a copy-cat]

December 16th, 2014 3 comments

This particular claim toward pagan sources for Christianity and Christian Holy Days goes under various names: Jesus Myth Theory, Jesus Mythicism, Mythicism, Copy-cat Theory, and probably other terms. The basic claim is that Christ is a fake: an unoriginal copy-cat of some other supposedly more ancient pagan god or gods. These claims are bunk. Both historians and Biblical theologians have been very thorough in debunking these claims since their earliest times. A common example that circulates on the web, Twitter, and Facebook is the following graphic: Most people who share this kind of post do not have the intellectual integrity   More…

Guitar Setting: Wachet Auf, P. Nicolai, from Bach’s Setting

November 20th, 2014 8 comments

This is a transcription of J.S. Bach’s setting for P. Nicolai’s Wachet Auf. This particular setting is used for Hymn 544 in the Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary “Wake, Awake, for Night is Flying.” A slightly less complex transcription of Wachet Auf is used for ELH 518 “Rise! To Arms! With Prayer Employ You.” PDF Lilypond file Tuxguitar file Midi file.

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies: All Hallows’ Eve in the Mediaeval Church and the Reformation

October 31st, 2014 1 comment

On All Hallows’ Eve 1517 a monk named Martin Luther posted a list of points for discussion and debate at the University of Wittenberg campus church. The campus church is named All Saints’ Church. The regular bulletin board for such announcements was the front church door. All Saints’ Church was the largest repository of relics of the saints outside of Rome. Many of those relics would be put on display on All Saints’ Day. Indulgences would be granted to those who came to the Church to view the relics of the saints on that day. The location, the date, the   More…