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 14 of 27 in the series Lambs at Pasture

This is part 14 of 27 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 8 in the series The Book of Judges

This is part 4 of 8 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 2 of 19 in the series Gospel Notes

This is part 2 of 19 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 … 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 13 of 27 in the series Lambs at Pasture

This is part 13 of 27 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 9 of 19 in the series Gospel Notes

This is part 9 of 19 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

Judges 1:21-2:5, The Victors Capitulate

This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series The Book of Judges

This is part 3 of 8 in the series The Book of JudgesAnd he brought them to the territory of his holiness, The mountain that his right hand had acquired. And he drove out the nations before their faces, And … Continue reading

Who Goes with You into Surgery?

One of my vain ideas was to reach 60 without being an inpatient of a hospital. Didn’t work. Two Januaries in a row, I was hospitalized. I was a suffering puppy, though still nothing like many around me. My condition … Continue reading

Slow and Steady Wins the Catechetical Race — by Pastor Ryan Loeslie

The following is a guest article by Rev. Ryan Loeslie, Pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Merna, Nebraska. Most of us are familiar with Aesop’s Fable of the tortoise and the hare.  The hare boasted of his speed repeatedly.  But tiring … Continue reading

A Jubilate Sonnet

    What is this joy that none can take from me? Is there a happiness that has more pow’r Than pain, than guilt, than life’s sad final hour? Could eyes that earth can grant such heaven see? Or could … Continue reading

“The Good Shepherd for Straying and Suffering Sheep” (Sermon on 1 Peter 2:19-25, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Good Shepherd for Straying and Suffering Sheep” (1 Peter 2:19-25) I’m guessing by now you’ve picked up on the theme of the day. You’ve heard it throughout the service so far. For example, in the Introit, the words of … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Cantate (Easter 5)

This entry is part 8 of 19 in the series Gospel Notes

This is part 8 of 19 in the series Gospel Notes The Gospel Notes for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (Cantate) from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Cantate — The Fifth Sunday of Easter

This entry is part 12 of 27 in the series Lambs at Pasture

This is part 12 of 27 in the series Lambs at PastureLambs at Pasture for Cantate — The Fifth 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

A Poem on Revelation 20

A thousand years is longer than The calendars of mortal men; When faith beholds a three-year trial, She hears of Christ’s “A little while.” The devil can alone be bound By what is in the Scriptures found, The preaching of … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Easter IV

May 7, 2017 — Easter IV Sermon Text — John 10:1-10   A Shepherd for Thieves Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the 10th chapter. … Continue reading

The Lord Jesus is Our Shepherd — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Ezekiel 34:11-16 The most popular psalm in the Psaltery is Psalm 23 where David begins with the words, “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.”  Jesus calls himself the good shepherd.  St. Peter calls Jesus the shepherd and … Continue reading