Intinction Would Have Withdrawn the Word of Forgiveness from Me

Recently I attended the funeral of a major person in my life. The Sacrament of the Altar was administered. It was administered by intinction. This was in a synod with whom I am not in altar fellowship, so I did … Continue reading

A Gracious and Merciful God

“Now, if you are afraid to go to the Sacrament, and your conscience frightens you, as if you were unworthy, put this verse into your heart and on your lips.  Then you must hear and feel how sincerely He calls … Continue reading

Satan, the World’s First Feminist

Adam did battle with Satan in the Garden Paradise and lost. It was a no-contest, really. By the time round two came around, Eden had been a distant memory and Satan had home-field advantage. The desert wilderness couldn’t have been … Continue reading

Living Catechisms

Despite all of the emphasis Scripture puts on life together, it’s really common for Christians to see faith individualistically. Of course you can’t believe for anyone else, but it’s easy to overlook the impact your faith (or lack thereof) has … Continue reading

The Blessings of Every Sunday Communion

By the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ both my dual parishes receive the blessed Sacrament every Sunday. This is joy for me as pastor and for parishioner as well. Jesus so loves us he gives his gifts in many … Continue reading

Last Sunday of the Church Year: Wake Awake, for Night is Flying (St. Matthew 25:1-13)

The Bridegroom soon will call us, “Come to the wedding feast.” May slumber not befall us nor watchfulness decrease (LSB 514, st. 1). Ten virgins went out to meet the bridegroom, but only five got in to His wedding feast. The … Continue reading

Fruit of Which Vine?

When it comes to the practice of Holy Communion many churches use grape juice as opposed to wine. Is the blood of Christ given through grape juice as it is wine? For those who believe Communion symbolizes something, this is … Continue reading

Luther, Zwingli and Supper-Part I

Martin Luther and his colleagues in Wittenberg were not the only theologians to set forth a theological program of reform in the early sixteenth century.  In fact, many competing visions of reform emerged.  In the early 1520s Ulrich Zwingli led … Continue reading

A Hymn on the Sacrament of the Altar

Here is a hymn I wrote for my congregation.   A Hymn on the Sacrament of the Altar composed for Faith Lutheran Church, Plano/Wylie, TX Tune: LSB 513 or TLH 605 The Word of Christ is spoken, And angels bend … Continue reading

Grape Juice (Communion in One Kind — Part Two)

Having been encouraged to study the Book of Concord (see my previous post), my Wednesday evening adult Bible class turned to Luther’s Small Catechism. Beginning in the Preface, we found quite a bit to provoke discussion. I was surprised at … Continue reading

Steadfast ELS — Do this often: How often should we receive communion?

Many of us may remember growing up in a congregation where Holy Communion was offered once per month. Where communion is offered more frequently, questions arise in the minds of the laity and pastors regarding why communion should be offered … Continue reading

ACELC – are they a big bunch of divisive meanies?

I had the privilege to attend the second annual ACELC Conference this past week in Lincoln, NE at Good Shepherd Lutheran. The list of presenters was a very good one for this conference.  It included a District President, a couple … Continue reading