The Nativity of John the Baptist

As God had foretold, John was born to be the forerunner of Jesus.  Zechariah learned firsthand that God indeed keeps His promises to all people.  While you and I may not experience God the way Zechariah did, we do have God’s sure and certain Word to show us God’s love for us and that He

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Why Christians Need Creeds

I came across this little explanation of why Christians need formal creeds via Facebook and Paul McCain’s Cyberbrethren blog. I was especially delighted by point 4. Point 4 mentions that Creeds “relativize the present.” To us, the present seems to be the culmination of all of human history. But the Creeds help us remember that

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Things Your Lutheran Pastor Totally Loves: Learning that the Creeds are Bad

I thought you might enjoy this; it is from Lutheran Satire. Their motto is: “Learning the faith by making fun of stuff.” As always, subscribers to my blog can see the YouTube video by clicking on the title of today’s blog.

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I Believe … The Nicene Creed

When I confess the creeds during worship, I say them as I was taught: with my head up, my eyes open,and my shoulders back. I was taught during Confirmation to remember I am confessing the faith that people have died to preserve, and that I should be willing to die to preserve this faith we

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Chocolate: Proof God Loves Us and Wants Us to Be Happy

Last night I began thumbing through “The Complete Book of Everyday Christianity”. The title alone gives one pause: “Complete”? As I was compiling my mental list of ordinary conundrums Christians face that I would bet this book does not address, I came across a whimsical entry on chocolate. The author of this entry was a

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If I Can’t Believe in Miracles, Can I Still Believe in Jesus?

Studies have shown that “80% of Americans believe in miracles, whether or not they go to church.” That may be so … but I know I get asked “If I can’t believe in miracles, can I still believe in Jesus?” Well, what do you mean by “miracle”? Some people say that a miracle is just

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Hymns and Lessons for Proper 6 – B (The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 2018)

The Processional for this week is: “Open Now, Thy Gates of Beauty” (Those of you who are subscribers to my blog can see and hear the YouTube videos of these hymns by clicking on the title of this blog.) The words to the first verse are” “Open now thy gates of beauty, Zion, let me

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Hymns and Lessons for the Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 5 – B)

Jesus’ work as the Second Person of the Holy Trinity is that of redemption. That work includes the forgiving of sins. Jesus forgives the sins of repentant people. He forgives because of his love of us. He needs no other motivation or help in his redemptive work. We truly have a loving God and a

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When God Blocks Your Way

There is a fascinating text in Acts 16:6-10 — “Now when [Paul and his travelling companions] had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not

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Delayed Answer to Prayer

From the time I was a little, little child I knew that God has four answers to any prayer: yes, no, wait, and you’ve got to be kidding. But then I got a little older and became familiar with that odd story in Daniel 10:4-21. I have found that this strange story has helped me

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