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“Jesus Isn’t White”
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Around this time of the year (Ascension and Pentecost), I hear a lot about Matthew 28 and how congregations need to engage more in missions. This is a good thing, I suppose. What’s unfortunate, however, is that white pastors guilt their white members into “discipling” more and reaching out to … Continue reading

Steadfast Regional Conference – Denver (Aurora), Colorado – July 21-22 (Fisk, Wolfmueller, Flamme, and Melius)
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Consider yourself invited.  July 21-22, 2017.  Register here. We are moving into doing more regional conferences in order to get solid Lutheran theology into the world.  Our first attempt will be a conference on the “Three Estates” and will be held at Hope Lutheran Church in Aurora, CO.  Our speaker … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for the Day of Pentecost
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The Gospel Notes for the Day of Pentecost (Whitsunday) 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

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Easter VII
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May 28, 2017 — Easter VII Sermon Text — John 17:1-11 In the Name X of Jesus.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the 17th chapter. The Glory Road Beloved in the Lord, On the Path toward Glory The hour of glory … Continue reading

“Ascension Day, the Forgotten Festival” (Sermon on Luke 24:44-53 and Acts 1:1-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
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“Ascension Day, the Forgotten Festival” (Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:1-11) Welcome to the Forgotten Festival! Today is Ascension Day, or, as it’s more properly called, the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord. But there is reason to call it, as I say, the “Forgotten” Festival. Because even though Ascension Day … Continue reading

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God Tirelessly Working for Humanity

GOD TIRELESSLY WORKING FOR HUMANITY A Review of Rev. Mark J. Cares book: God The Ultimate Humanitarian I learned of Pastor Cares through his very fine book on witnessing to Mormons, Speaking the Truth in Love to Mormons, in the … Continue reading

The Means of Wrath

This entry is part of 5 in the series The Book of Judges

This is part of 5 in the series The Book of JudgesThere are two cups: the Cup of Salvation (Ps. 116:13) and the Cup of Wrath (Is. 51:17). And if you will not drink from the first, you will drink … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Ascension of our Lord

The Gospel Notes for the Ascension of our Lord 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, … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Ascension Day

May 25, 2017 — The Festival of the Ascension of our Lord Sermon Text — Psalm 68:17-20   Captives No More! Hear the Word of the Lord! The chariots of God are twice ten thousand, thousands upon thousands; the Lord … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Easter VI

May 21, 2017 — Easter VI Sermon Text — John 14:15-21   Faith and Love Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the 14th chapter. Beloved … Continue reading

Who’s Catholic and Apostolic?

Here’s a story which may or may not be completely metaphorical. Pseudonymous pastors Kris and Theo were overseers of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic church, in nearby countries.  Both professed allegiance to the Old Roman Creed, and believed that … Continue reading

Paper or Plastic with Your Fair Trade Baby?

The flagship newspaper of Utilitarianism never disappoints. In its latest edition, The Economist makes the case for fair trade human reproduction. It argues that it is time for a system that allows the “commissioning parents” of a surrogate child to … Continue reading

“A Living, Loving Family” (Sermon on John 14:15-21, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Living, Loving Family” (John 14:15-21) Christ establishes his church to be “A Living, Loving Family.” And you are a part of it. A living, loving family. Now how do you hear that? Do you hear it as heavy demand, … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Exaudi — The Seventh Sunday of Easter

This entry is part 1 of 14 in the series Lambs at Pasture

This is part 1 of 14 in the series Lambs at PastureLambs at Pasture for Exaudi — The Seventh Sunday of Easter and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids familiarity and memorization … Continue reading

Catechlysm

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series The Book of Judges

This is part 4 of 5 in the series The Book of JudgesWhat would happen if an entire generation failed to recount the mighty works of God to their children? What if these children could recite humorous lines from their … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Exaudi (Easter 7)

This entry is part of 8 in the series Gospel Notes

This is part of 8 in the series Gospel Notes The Gospel Notes for the Seventh Sunday of Easter (Exaudi) from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White … Continue reading

Our Righteousness Descends to Us

Martin Luther published his edited lectures on Galatians in 1519. In these lectures, we may examine Dr. Luther’s new understanding of justification by faith alone in Christ’s promises.  When he commented on Galatians 2:16-21, Luther discussed the difference between divine … Continue reading

Jesus First rebranded as Congregations Matter. Really?

A new anonymous “group” has formed in the sphere of LCMS politics, it’s called Congregations Matter.  I like congregations and in God’s eyes they matter a whole bunch, because they are made of God’s people gathered around the pure Gospel … Continue reading

Neither Lion Nor Dragon

Very beautiful is the statement of Augustine in which he says of his mother Monica that she bound her soul with the chain of faith to that sacrifice which is dispensed in the Lord’s Supper so that neither lion nor … Continue reading

What’s the Big Deal about Christ’s Ascension – A Pastoral Newsletter by Pastor Rolf Preus

May, 2017 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: For some years now, wherever I have served as pastor, we have observed the Ascension of our Lord on the Sunday before Pentecost. In fact, the Ascension of our Lord falls three … Continue reading

“Hope for the Future and a Present Priesthood” (Sermon on John 14:1-14 and 1 Peter 2:2-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Hope for the Future and a Present Priesthood” (John 14:1-14; 1 Peter 2:2-10) You gotta have hope. Hope is faith facing the future. You and I, we need something to look forward to. Otherwise, we lose heart, we get depressed, … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Rogate — The Sixth Sunday of Easter

This entry is part 14 of 14 in the series Lambs at Pasture

This is part 14 of 14 in the series Lambs at PastureLambs at Pasture for Rogate — The Sixth Sunday of Easter and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids familiarity and memorization … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Easter V

May 14, 2017 — Easter V Sermon Text — John 14:1-14   The Trouble with Words Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the 14th chapter. … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Rogate (Easter 6)

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series Gospel Notes

This is part 7 of 8 in the series Gospel Notes The Gospel Notes for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (Rogate) from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and … Continue reading

“The Good Shepherd Gives Gifts to His Sheep” (Funeral sermon on John 10:1-18, 22-30, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Good Shepherd Gives Gifts to His Sheep” (John 10:1-18, 22-30) “The forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.” So we just said we believe when we confessed the Apostles’ Creed. This is the faith … Continue reading