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Patristic Quote of the Day

 We have therefore even now begun to be like Him, having the first-fruits of the Spirit; but yet we are still unlike Him, by reason of the remainders of the old nature.—St. Augustine, On Merit and the Forgiveness of Sins Book I:10 . . Read All

How Can They Believe?

 14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? [3] And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:13-17 (ESV) “So faith comes from hearing.” The act of election is not an event in the distant past, . . . Read All

Old Lutheran Quote of the Day

As for you, be content with God incarnate. Then you will remain in peace and safety, and you will know God.—Martin Luther on Isaiah 61 . . Read All

Patristic Quote of the Day

For the judgment, certainly, from one sin, if it is not remitted— and that the original sin— is capable of drawing us into condemnation; while grace conducts us to justification from the remission of many sins—that is to say, not simply from the original sin, but from all others also whatsoever.—St. Augustine, On Merit and the Forgiveness of Sins, and the Baptism of Infants, Book I:16 . . Read All
Liturgical best practices. . .

Liturgical best practices. . .

The sad truth is that the liturgy with its structure and even specific texts is more often perceived as raw material to be kneaded and molded into something by those who plan and lead worship.  It is like a raw, basic dough that must be flavored and shaped.  Some advocate local circumstance as the primary tool when adding accents of taste and pleasing appearance.  Others define it according to personal preference.  Others use denominational identifications to tailor the ingredients to its finished form.  Even those who advocate for liturgical worship often see the liturgy as more starting point than ending product.  In the end the people who may have few things in common start at a common place in making. . . Read All

Brothers of John the Steadfast Conference

2016-02-04 – Tomball, TX – Save the date – February 4-6, 2016 – the conference of the Brothers of John the Steadfast.  A theme and more details will follow, but here is what I can tell you right now: A NEW LOCATION – Zion Lutheran Church in Tomball, TX (not too far from Houston) – Get ready for some friendly Texas hospitality courtesy of the saints at Zion and their pastor, the Rev. Chris Hull. LONGER CONFERENCE – Three days of speakers and fun instead of two BREAKOUT SESSIONS – Not only will we have our normal major speakers, but there will also be breakout sessions as well. CHILDCARE PROVIDED – Bring the kids.  We will have childcare provided. EXPANDED NO PIETISTS ALLOWED PARTIES – Instead of the normal three, there will be likely five different events spanning the two nights. OTHER GROUPS FROM STEADFAST LUTHERANS – Sisters of Katie Luther will be there; Steadfast Throwdown will be there; PLUS some surprise stuff that has yet to be released from "Steadfast Lutherans" [coming this Fall] There are some more…

Thursday of Sexagesima

Today’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 11:19-12:9 Daily Lectionary: Job 1:1-22; John 1:1-18 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that th…
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