Living Lent in the Fast Lane

Back in 2014 I found this wonderful post about how prayer, fasting and almsgiving remain the basic pillars of our Lenten practice for a very good reason. Every year I re-read it — and every year I am shocked by how true it is for me. It is by Mark P. Shea and I found

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Horus Ruins Christmas

Merry Christmas! I hope you had a blessed, wonderful Christmas. As we celebrate Christmastide from December 25 through January 6, I would like to enliven your celebration with some videos from Lutheran Satire. I have posted a few of these before, but I think they’re so funny I’m posting them again. Plus a few that

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2017 NALC Convocation in Nashville

2017 NALC Convocation focuses on Discipleship and Reformation Nearly 700 NALC members gathered August 9-11 for the 2017 NALC Convocation in Nashville, Tenn., around the theme, “Holding Fast: Being Reformed.” The 500th anniversary of the Reformation provided a focus for the Convocation. The leaders of the largest Lutheran churches in the world were featured speakers

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What We Dare for God

Dr. Juan Carlos Ortiz is Senior Pastor Emeritus of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. In one of his sermons, he spoke of a conversation he had with a circus trapeze artist. The performer admitted the net underneath was there to keep them from breaking their necks if they fell. Then he added, “The

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St. Thomas Aquinas: “All I have written seems like straw!”

Thomas Aquinas was the famous medieval theologian who created one of the greatest intellectual achievements of Western Civilization: his Summa Theologica. It is a massive work! It is 38 treatises, three thousand articles, and ten thousand objections. Thomas was trying to gather into one coherent whole all of truth. In this master work, one of

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Rather than Fearing What is to Come …

During his 1960 presidential campaign, John F. Kennedy often closed his speeches with the story of Colonel Davenport, the Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives. One day in 1789, the sky of Hartford darkened ominously, and some of the representatives, glancing out the windows, feared the end of the world was at hand. Quelling

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A Romantic “Staycation”

As you already know, Pastor Mike and I often go on “Staycations” instead of Cruises or trips to resorts. I just read the greatest blog on how to go on a romantic staycation!! This is simply a terrific post for people of all ages, although it was definitely written for our couples with little children.

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It’s Still Eastertide: Hymns and Lessons for the Third Sunday of Easter (C)

Alleluia! Christ is Risen! You may have stored away your bunny decorations and that terrific new Easter dress. You may be done with Easter Sunday Services and Easter Egg hunts. But Easter isn’t over, a least not for millions of Christians throughout history and throughout the world today. The Easter Season lasts for fifty days

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The Triduum begins — Maundy Thursday (2016)

Holy Week has a special worship service called “The Triduum”. “Triduum” is a Latin Word that simply means “The Three.” These three services are held on separate days (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil), but they are called “The Triduum” because these services “fit together” as one service. These three have been taken together

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Bonhoeffer and Luther on the Psalms

The last book published by Bonhoeffer shortly before his arrest in 1941 was The Psalms: Prayerbook of the Bible., the book we are reading together at Holy Trinity for our Lenten midweek devotional. Like Luther, Bonhoeffer loved the Psalms and saw them as a model for Christian Prayer. As Bonhoeffer quotes Luther on a number

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