“The Things of My Father” (Sermon on Luke 2:40-52, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Things of My Father” (Luke 2:40-52) Maybe you’ve seen the GEICO commercial of Peter Pan going to a class reunion. Peter Pan is portrayed as a twelve-year-old boy who has never grown up. His classmates, though, have aged naturally, … Continue reading

Epiphany: The Christmas of the Gentiles — Pr David Jay Webber

Editorial Note: Recently BJS has published some pastoral letters to congregations from their congregational newsletters. It is great to see the solid and assuring words that pastors are putting in our mail boxes. Here is another fine pastoral letter from … Continue reading

“The Nativity of our Lord: A Savior is born to you this day.” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

“For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11 Talking about Christmas we remember Christmases past. We remember our families. Christmastime is family time. It’s a family … Continue reading

The Word Became Flesh

“Thus the most precious treasure and strongest consolation we Christians have is this: that the Word, the true and natural Son of God, became man, with flesh and blood like that of any other human; that He became incarnate for … Continue reading

“The Word Became Flesh and Tabernacled among Us” (Christmas Day sermon on John 1:1-18, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Word Became Flesh and Tabernacled among Us” (John 1:1-18) “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” This … Continue reading

“Born for You a Savior” (Christmas Eve sermon on Luke 2:1-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Born for You a Savior” (Luke 2:1-20) “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” So the angel brought the good news of great joy to the shepherds. And … Continue reading

Redeeming Christian Holy Days: Brumalia in the Roman Republic

Brumalia–Pre-Julian Latin Sources: Chronological Presentation One of the modern claims against Christmas is that Christians took the ancient Roman holiday known as Brumalia and baptized it for their own use. The claim is that Brumalia was celebrated in ancient Rome … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Christmas Day 2 – Nativity of Our Lord

John 1:1-14 New King James Version 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Chrismtas Day 1 – Nativity of Our Lord

Luke 2:15-20 New King James Version 15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come … Continue reading

Advent Decreasing that Christmas may Increase

Advent is here, and Christmas is approaching. It’s very easy for us to overlook Advent because of Christmas. This is a bit unfortunate in a way, and in another way it is actually very fitting. It is unfortunate, because the … Continue reading

Redeeming Christian Holy Days: The Christians Stole December 25th

How does a Christian deal with claims like this? The tactic used in this meme is intimidation. There is no way most readers could research all these claims. The implication is that the maker of the meme must have done … Continue reading

What Can You Do with Christmas? — A Pastoral Letter of Pastor Rolf Preus, December 2015

Following is a monthly pastoral letter of Pastor Rolf Preus to his congregations of Trinity Lutheran Church, Sidney, Montana and St. John’s Lutheran Church of Fairview, Montana, for December 2015. December, 2015 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: What can … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days-Candlemas/Presentation

Candlemas is February 2nd, forty days after the birth of Christ it is the Festival of the Purification of Mary. The Gospel Lesson for this festival is Luke 2:22-40. Perhaps this particular festival does not loom as large in significance … Continue reading

“A Twelve-Year-Old Boy, Filled with Wisdom” (Sermon on Luke 2:40-52, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Twelve-Year-Old Boy, Filled with Wisdom” (Luke 2:40-52) When I was twelve years old, I hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Pretty impressive, eh? No, pretty stupid, actually. Because, at twelve years old, I hiked to the bottom … Continue reading

“Depart in Peace” (Sermon on Luke 2:22-40, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Depart in Peace” (Luke 2:22-40) Are you ready to go? What I mean is, are you ready to leave? No, I don’t mean right at this very moment. It would be nice if you would stick around till the end … Continue reading

“Watershed Moments: Jesus’ Birth and Our Own” (Sermon on John 1:1-18 and Titus 3:4-7, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Watershed Moments: Jesus’ Birth and Our Own” (John 1:1-18; Titus 3:4-7) Today is Christmas Day. This is the day for celebrating the greatest birth in the history of the world, the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The … Continue reading

“What Christmas Is All About: God Saving Us, in a Humble Way, to Be His People” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“What Christmas Is All About: God Saving Us, in a Humble Way, to Be His People” (Luke 2:1-20; Titus 2:11-14; Isaiah 9:2-7) What is Christmas all about? How do people view Christmas and celebrate it? Why do they look forward … Continue reading

Mark and Avoid: Tarico Says God is “Rapey”

It’s that time of the year! Not just that time when pastors see some of their members finally darken the door of the Church for the Christmas Eve service, but it’s also that time of the year when the anti-Christian … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies: Christmas and Saturnalia

Did Christianity Steal the Date of Pagan Winter Solstice Celebrations? The Roman celebration discussed in this article is the multi-day festival of Saturnalia. The Mis-Use of Roman Sources: Saturnalia In these articles we have seen the texts from the early … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies: Christmas and Sigillaria

Do the Nativity sets Christians use actually have their origins in the pagan Roman festival called Sigillaria? Sigillaria Macrobius in Saturnalia 1.11.46-50 discusses the Sigillaria–a festival that involves the purchase and giving of little human figures and candles. The fact … Continue reading

Krampus: A Better Law/Gospel Paradigm Than Santa Claus

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 … Continue reading

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

“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 … Continue reading

Christmas Catharsis

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 … Continue reading

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

“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 … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Christmas and Sol Invictus

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 … Continue reading