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I work every other Sunday, it’s one of the few things I dislike about my job. Back when I started 13 years ago I didn’t attend church and wasn’t even a member of a local congregation. Working on Sundays didn’t bother me, as long as I could get home in … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Michaelmas 2 (Trinity 20) – Confirmation

Second Sunday After Michaelmas, or the Twentieth Sunday after Trinity Confirmation: Perseverance in Faith Matthew 22:1-14 New King James Version 22 And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, … Continue reading

“Receive the Kingdom of God like a Child” (Sermon on Mark 10:2-16 and Hebrews 2:1-18, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Receive the Kingdom of God like a Child” (Mark 10:2-16; Hebrews 2:1-18) How would you like to enter the kingdom of God? I know I would. After all–literally, after all–the kingdom of God will be the only thing going. It is an everlasting kingdom, filled with peace and joy and … Continue reading

Convention 2016: Nominating for various positions, by October 9 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Convention 2016: Nominating for various positions, by October 9 The time is growing short to submit nominations for various positions to be elected at next summer’s LCMS convention. The nomination forms are due by October 9. Ordained ministers, commissioned ministers, congregations, and individual lay members of LCMS congregations may submit … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — What’s Good for the Goose

You have heard it said, “What’s good for the goose is good for gander.”  James tells us that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (Jam 1:17 ESV)  What is good comes from God and because it comes from God what is good does not change.  But humanity is not content with what is good.  Wanting to be like God our first parents chose for themselves their own goodness.

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FiveTwo’s Wiki Christianity is Foolish and Dangerous

Every September the shadow synod within the LCMS, FiveTwo, hosts a gathering in Katy, TX. The organization’s WikiConference recently concluded and, once again, rang every alarm bell and raised every red flag imaginable for Confessional Lutherans as well as LCMS office … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — St Michael and All Angels

St. Michael and All Angels Luke 10:17-20 September 27. 2015 Audio: http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/sikora/2015-09-27_08-37.m4a   In the Name of Jesus!  AMEN! Beloved in the Lord, A. Rejoicing in the Kingdom of God In the beginning God saw all that He had made, … Continue reading

“When God Visits” (Homily for Trinity 16)

Text: Luke 7:11-17 Listen here. We are entangled in death. The cords of death wrap around us like poison-filled tentacles. Death makes headlines. One professor shoots another professor and then takes his own life. People die in wildfires and flash … Continue reading

Satan’s Catechism

A thought-provoking article in Touchstone magazine gave me inspiration for this article. Dr. Marcus Johnson wrote “Who’s Your Teacher?” in the September / October issue of Touchstone. The by-line of the article was “Our Sacred Duty to Teach the Devil … Continue reading

Tuesday with Luther — Loose Lips

  Another edition of Tuesday with Luther   The Second Commandment — Loose Lips … Continue reading

The Silver Spoon Jesus Left in a Drawer

Before 1700, common folk had wooden spoons. Well off people had silver. The saying, “He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth,” views a high-born person as knowing nothing about the struggles of life. As the Son of … Continue reading

A Major Conference on LCMS Missions in Houston Sponsored by Lutherans in Africa

Our Savior Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas is hosting Pastor James May (Director of Lutherans in Africa), Rev. Steve Schave (Director of LCMS Urban and Inner City Missions) and Rev. Dr. Tim Rossow (Administrative Pastor, Bethany Lutheran, Naperville, Illinois for … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: the Festival of St. Michael and All Angels (Sept. 29)

September 29 or Sunday Preceding. Matthew 18:1-11 New King James Version 18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set … Continue reading

Celebrating a Life

On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss … Continue reading

WIKI15 part 1

Let’s Get Together Psalm 133:1 says, “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity.” These are the words I read in the Treasury of Daily Prayer on the first day of the Wiki15 conference in Katy, … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Michaelmas 1 (Trinity 19) – Absolution

First Sunday After Michaelmas, or the Ninteenth Sunday after Trinity Absolution: Jesus Forgives the Paralytic Matthew 9:1-8 New King James Version 9 So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. 2 Then behold, they … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 18 – Law and Gospel

Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity Law and Gospel: The Great Commandment Matthew 22:34-46 New King James Version 34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him … Continue reading

“It Is Better for You” (Sermon on Mark 9:38-50, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“It Is Better for You” (Mark 9:38-50) You don’t hear a lot of people talking about hell. It’s not a very popular topic. Modern ears are too sensitive to hear any talk of God actually judging people and sending them … Continue reading

Antichrist in America Again

“…it is manifest that the Roman pontiffs andtheir adherents defend godless doctrines and godless forms of worship, and it is plain that the marks of the Antichrist coincide with those of the pope’s kingdom and his followers. For in describing the … Continue reading

Reformation Lectures 2015: Lutheranism and the Arts

The annual Bjarne Teigen Reformation Lectures will be held October 29–30, 2015 at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato MN. This year the theme will be Lutheranism and the Arts.  These lectures delve into our Reformation heritage with presentations on the history and … Continue reading

Still Reeling from the Planned Parenthood Videos

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” Yes, I know that this quotation from Bonhoeffer is well worn, but it … Continue reading

The Importance of Going through the Motions

Any musician will tell you there’s nothing particularly exciting about practicing scales. It can be one of the most boring and rote aspects of a musician’s routine, but the path to virtuosity requires every aspiring student to go through the motions (ad … Continue reading

Luther on the Crusades

“The popes have never seriously intended to wage war against the Turk; instead they used the Turkish war as a cover for their game and robbed Germany of money by means of indulgences whenever they took the notion….If they had … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 17 – Christian Freedom

Christian Freedom: Healing on the Sabbath Luke 14:1-11 New King James Version 14 Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him … Continue reading

Tuesday with Luther: 1st commandment

It’s Tuesday with Luther again. Today we cover Luther’s teaching on the 1st commandment.   … Continue reading