About Pastor Joseph Abrahamson

Pastor Joseph Abrahamson serves Faith Ev. Lutheran Church, Clara City, Minnesota (E.L.S.). 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 served Clearwater Lutheran Parish (ELS) from 2001 to April 2015.

Redeeming Christian Holy Days From Pagan Lies: Walpurgisnacht

The evening of April 30th through May 1st is a significant date in the modern neo-Pagan and Wiccan calendar. It is called: Beltane, Witches’-eve, Witches’ Sabbath, May eve’, May Day, and Walpurgisnacht (and variants). Today the main significance that is … Continue reading

The Fetus and the Incarnation: Martin Chemnitz

The horrors committed by Kermit Gosnell have been largely ignored by mainstream media, but his killings of children are only a small portion of the unborn sacrificed in this country every day. Millions of children are murdered because their parents … Continue reading

Evaluating Bible Story Books/Videos for Devotions

We have 10 children. And so we have collected lots (way lots) of Bible story books. Most were given to us or the various kids. We also strive to have morning and evening devotions with the whole family. What we … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies-Easter 2

Second Part: Attacks On The Name and Traditions There are three main things people attack about this Holy Day: They claim that it is pagan because the name Easter is from a pagan goddess. They claim that Easter eggs are … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies-Easter 1

Easter is the English/Germanic name for the Festival of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This particular Feast Day is the heart and center of the whole liturgical practice of the Christian Church Year. Because it is at the center it … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Annunciation

Annunciation (March 25th) is the day that the Church celebrates when the angel Gabriel came to announce to Mary that God conceived His eternally begotten Son in her virgin womb (Luke 1:26-38). The day marks the celebration of the Incarnation … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Valentine’s Day

St. Valentine’s Day has become one of the major secular holidays in the United States. The day itself is one of the few saint’s days retained in the Book of Common Prayer of 1628 and following. While the day has been part … Continue reading

NDEs versus the Gospel

And when they say to you, “Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,” should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the … Continue reading

A lesson from family devotions

Family Devotions can be both a wonderful and sometimes even exasperating time.  But sometimes the exasperating experience can be very memorable. The point of family devotions, of course, is to convey God’s Law and Gospel, the faith in Christ to … Continue reading

The Baptist: a conversation

B: “Well, we don’t really agree with you. You see, we don’t add to the Scriptures. We only use the original King James Version. And we don’t add the idea that Baptism can save.” Me: “That’s very interesting. I also … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Pagan Solstice Celebrations 3

Did Christianity Steal the Date of Pagan Winter Solstice Celebrations? Part 3: 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 … Continue reading

How to Kill a Small Lutheran Congregation (sarcasm alert)

This is published with the explicit warning to the reader that the article is sarcasm. If the reader does not understand what sarcasm is, then the fault is the reader’s. For the past few years there have been more and … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Pagan Solstice Celebrations 2

Did Christianity Steal the Date of Pagan Winter Solstice Celebrations? Part 2: 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, … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Pagan Solstice Celebrations

Did Christianity Steal the Date of Pagan Winter Solstice Celebrations? Part 1: The Mis-use of the Church Fathers This article builds on what was established in the first two articles in this series. Please remember that these articles are not … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Hallowe’en: A short history

Associate Editor’s Note:  With this post we want to introduce a series of articles written by Pastor Joseph Abrahamson, a personal friend who grew up not far from me and also then served a parish not far from where I … Continue reading