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Krampus: A Better Law/Gospel Paradigm Than Santa Claus

December 5th, 2014 6 comments

December 6th is the day the Church remembers and gives thanks to God for the life and confession of St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra. This is from Concordia Publishing House’s Treasury of Daily Prayer: “Of the many saints commemorated by the Christian Church, Nicholas (d. AD 342) is one of the best known. Very little is known historically of him, though there was a church of Saint Nicholas in Constantinople as early as the sixth century. Research has affirmed that there was a bishop by the name of Nicholas in the city of Myra in Lycia (part of modern Turkey)   More…

“Rachel Weeping, and a Son Called out of Egypt” (Sermon on Matthew 2:13-23, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

December 28th, 2013 No comments

“Rachel Weeping, and a Son Called out of Egypt” (Matthew 2:13-23) “To us a child is born, to us a son is given.” And his name is Jesus, of course. This child born in Bethlehem at Christmas. This son–Son of God, son of Mary–this son given to us to be our Savior. But what happens when Jesus is born? What happens when God gives his Son to the world? A whole bunch of bad stuff, apparently. A king goes crazy. A family has to flee to Egypt. Babies are killed. Mothers are weeping. And this is a gift?? Some kind   More…

Christmas Catharsis

December 26th, 2013 3 comments

There’s nothing like a family gathering to raise the blood pressure. If your family is anything like mine, you’ve probably experienced your share of holiday drama (but that’s why we love our families, right?). Things are said and done—often not out of malice, but ignorance—but we can only take so much before the pressure becomes so great that we finally burst. When this happens, it’s not pretty. The typical aggressive and passive aggressive ways of dealing with our frustrations (screaming matches and gossiping with others) are poor surrogates for true relief and only add fuel to the fire. But as   More…

“The Miracles of Christmas” (Sermon on John 1:1-18, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

December 24th, 2013 No comments

“The Miracles of Christmas” (John 1:1-18) On this Christmas morning, I want to tell you about the miracles of Christmas. That’s right, “miracles,” plural. There are two great Christmas miracles proclaimed in our text today from John chapter 1. One is that the Son of God became man, and the other is that, because he did, we become the children of God. These are “The Miracles of Christmas” I want to talk to you about today. First, the Son of God became man. What a profound mystery this is for us to ponder! There is nothing more marvelous or wonderful   More…

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Christmas and Sol Invictus

December 19th, 2013 4 comments

We are reposting this from Dec 4, 2012:   Did Christianity Steal the Date of Sol Invictus? The claim is that Sol Invictus “Invincible Sun” is a more ancient pagan holiday in Rome celebrated on December 25th. The claim assumes that this pagan holiday was so popular and dangerous that the Christian Church sought to suppress it by establishing the celebration of Christ’s Nativity on December 25th. By doing this, the claim continues, the Christians adopted the pagan day and some of the practices of that pagan festival to make the celebration of Christmas more appealing to pagans. Remember first   More…

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Christmas

December 18th, 2013 1 comment

We are reposting this from Dec 3rd, 2012:   Of the major Christian Holy Days, Christmas, Easter and Pentecost are the high points in the Historic Church Year. On these Holy Days we celebrate God the Father’s gift of His only-begotten Son in the birth of Jesus Christ, we celebrate God the Son’s gift of His life, sufferings, death and resurrection at Passover/Easter, and we celebrate God the Holy Spirit’s gift of calling us to faith and dwelling in us through Word and Sacrament. These Holy Days are also one of the main fronts in the battle against Christianity by   More…

The Good News That Christmas Is For Sinners

December 17th, 2013 No comments

An Advent Midweek Sermon Preached at Zion Lutheran Church, Gwinner, ND. Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Our readings for this evening are from this past Sunday’s Divine Service. As you can recall from this past Sunday we looked at Jesus as the one who was born into humanity and then journeyed towards our sin on the cross. On Sunday we heard that Jesus is the sinless Lamb of God who was born into this world for sinners. Indeed, we heard that two-thousand years ago Jesus approached your sin in His birth   More…

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“Simeon’s Song: What a Way to Go!” (Sermon on Luke 2:22-40, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

December 29th, 2012 2 comments

“Simeon’s Song: What a Way to Go!” (Luke 2:22-40) This month we have been spending the Advent and Christmas seasons in the Gospel of Luke. All of our sermons have come from there, particularly from Luke’s so-called “Infancy Narrative,” chapters 1 and 2, dealing with the events surrounding the birth of Christ. We’ve especially been looking at the canticles we find in Luke 1-2, those poetic, psalm-like pieces included there. We’ve looked at three so far: Mary’s song, the Magnificat; Zechariah’s song, the Benedictus; and the song of the Christmas angels, the Gloria in Excelsis. Now today we wrap up   More…

Great Stuff — The Twelve Days Of Christmas, 2012.

December 27th, 2012 3 comments

A great stuff article correcting the misunderstanding of many people about the twelve days of Christmas on Past Elder by Terry Maher of St Paul LCMS in Omaha:   If you, like good king Wenceslaus in the song, look out on the Feast of Stephen — that’s 26 December, but we’ll get back to that — you might think Christmas is over. Already on the evening news on Christmas day the local stations are posting Christmas tree pick up sites and times. Some hang around for a week to give a festive atmosphere to New Year’s Eve and Day, then   More…

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“The Ripple Effect of Christmas” (Sermon on Luke 2:15-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

December 25th, 2012 No comments

“The Ripple Effect of Christmas” (Luke 2:15-20) Our text this morning is the second part of the Christmas Gospel we heard last night, that is, Luke 2, reading now verses 15 through 20: “When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.’ And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told   More…

“The Gift, the Announcement, and the Exclamation Mark” (Sermon on Luke 2:1-14, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

December 24th, 2012 No comments

“The Gift, the Announcement, and the Exclamation Mark” (Luke 2:1-14) Suppose I got a Christmas present for you, but I didn’t tell you about it. I didn’t tell you that I had something for you, and I didn’t tell you where you could find it. Well, it could be the greatest Christmas present in the world, but if you never find out what it is or where you can find it, it won’t do you much good. You need me to tell you about it. Well, that’s the way it is with Christmas. God has given us the greatest Christmas   More…

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Christmas and Sol Invictus

Did Christianity Steal the Date of Sol Invictus? The claim is that Sol Invictus “Invincible Sun” is a more ancient pagan holiday in Rome celebrated on December 25th. The claim assumes that this pagan holiday was so popular and dangerous that the Christian Church sought to suppress it by establishing the celebration of Christ’s Nativity on December 25th. By doing this, the claim continues, the Christians adopted the pagan day and some of the practices of that pagan festival to make the celebration of Christmas more appealing to pagans. Remember first that the Christian faith is as old as the   More…

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Christmas

Of the major Christian Holy Days, Christmas, Easter and Pentecost are the high points in the Historic Church Year. On these Holy Days we celebrate God the Father’s gift of His only-begotten Son in the birth of Jesus Christ, we celebrate God the Son’s gift of His life, sufferings, death and resurrection at Passover/Easter, and we celebrate God the Holy Spirit’s gift of calling us to faith and dwelling in us through Word and Sacrament. These Holy Days are also one of the main fronts in the battle against Christianity by people who wish to undermine Christianity. Part of undermining   More…

Higher Things — Advent and Christmas 2012 Reflections Available

November 24th, 2012 No comments

Found on Higher Things:   Dear Reflections readers, O Come, O Come, Immanuel Higher Things announces the 2012-13 Advent and Christmas Reflections. These daily devotions take us through the season of Advent as we wait in eager expectation of the coming of Christ and the celebration of His birth at Christmas and for the days following the festival of His nativity. Reflections can be downloaded in the following formats: Printable Booklet (PDF) “In Line” PDF Nook and other readers (ePub format) Kindle (Please note that depending on your device, you may have to manually sync the file to your Kindle)   More…

Newsletter — Chrismas or ChrisTmas

January 4th, 2012 6 comments

Here is another newsletter article by PPPadre, a frequent commentator on Steadfast Lutherans. Thanks for the submission; please submit your own articles if you think they could use a wider audience.   I don’t know why or when it started…laziness, I suppose. Language is full of words changing pronunciation to make them easier to say (like conpact changing to compact so the lips can be in the correct position to make the “p” sound). Somewhere along the line, the “t” in Christmas became silent. Most people pronounce the word /KRIS-mas/. Even though I try to keep the “t” in there,   More…