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Culture news: Canada continues on the path towards religious discrimination

When we look at Canada, we see a disturbing situation that could be a preview of what lies ahead for the United States. Quebec is considering the “Quebec Charter of Values.”  It would: “ban public employees from wearing religious symbols, including such things as turbans, crucifixes, hijabs, and kippas. And it’s not just for government representatives: it would apply to all public institutions, including schools and hospitals. That’s right: teachers, doctors, and nurses, among numerous other workers, would all be forbidden from wearing religious symbols on the job. Don’t like it? Find another job.” . . . Read All

The Landauer Altarpiece: About The Banner I Chose For My Blog

I chose the Landauer Altarpiece for the banner on my blog. Here is some info on the painting. “This work was commissioned by the Nuremberg metal trader Matthäus Landauer. Also known as the Landauer Altarpiece, it was ordered for the chapel of the Twelve-Brothers House, which he endowed for a dozen impoverished artisans.  In the centre of the painted panel at the top is the Trinity. God the Father is shown as emperor, holding Christ on the Cross and surmounted by the dove of the Holy Ghost. Around the figure of God are two rings of angels. Below them, to the right, are Old Testament figures and, to the left, followers of Christ bearing palm branches. Nearer the base of. . . Read All

Dorothy Sayers, Christian Apologist

Christianity is an historical religion. Not just in the sense of having a long history, which it does. But Christianity is also historical in this manner: the central event – the one thing that makes Christianity what it is – is an historical event, namely, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. To be sure, other world religions have history, that is, in the former manner of speaking . But they lack the same quality of historical integrity, verifiability, veracity, and most of all, falsifiability. I usually ask skeptics and Christians alike this same question: “are there any facts, which if they were proven to be true, would cause you to give up your faith?” I’ve heard the skeptic and . . . Read All
The Changing Face of World Mission

The Changing Face of World Mission

. . . Read All In the old days, mission work was almost as colonial as the politics of the developed nations toward the “third” world.  The folks sharing the Gospel were also those who ran the mission church and they came as strangers to the culture and community in which they served.  I say this not to impugn their motives or their great results but to frame the perspective on mission that once dominated the Church. Today it is much more likely that the missionaries train the indigenous leaders who will themselves personally bring the Gospel to their communities around the world.  In fact, the last few years have been particularly fruitful for the Missouri Synod in this regard.  Our newest and most fruitful

August 31, 2013 – Saturday of the 13th Week after Trinity

Daily Lectionary: 1 Kings 16:29-17:24; 2 Corinthians 9:1-15 O God, behold our shield, And look upon the face of Your anointed. (Psalm 84:9 from the Introit for Trinity 14) In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Kids playing at superheroes. One shoots the other and the superhero just “pings” the bullets off his chest. “I’m invincible!” In the Introit tomorrow, we are calling upon God to see our invincibility by seeing our shield. What is our shield? Christ! Covered in Jesus, you are invincible! Sin can’t condemn you. The devil can’t hurt you. Death can’t harm you. It’s like the arrows of the evil one just ping off you! Jesus is your shield. He is the Lord’s anointed. “Anointed” in Hebrew and Greek is “Messiah” and “Christ.” He’s the One chosen by the Father, set apart for this one thing: to be a shield for sinners. On Calvary, Jesus takes the heat. He is stricken with your sins and transgressions and hit hard by suffering and death — all that to cover you and protect you. Jesus is the fall guy. The stunt man. The guy who jumps in front of you to take the bullet. A true shield with His own flesh between you and sins, death and devil. With such a shield, you cannot be beaten by those enemies. In the Divine Service, we pray the Father always to see that shield. Always to remember and see that Jesus protects us. Since Jesus is the Chosen One of the Father, so are you by virtue of your baptism. You are God’s anointed, too, in Christ. Tomorrow, the Divine Service is all about your shield: receiving Jesus through Absolution, Word, sermon and Supper. And nothing can harm you because Jesus is that shield. Jesus, the Lord’s anointed. In the Name of Jesus. Amen. A mighty fortress is our God, A trusty shield and weapon; He helps us free from ev’ry need That hath us now o’ertaken. The old evil foe Now means deadly woe; Deep guile and great might Are his dread arms in fight; On earth is not his equal. (A Mighty Fortress is Our God, LSB 656:1)
F4TF: Beware of False Religion (8/30/2013)

F4TF: Beware of False Religion (8/30/2013)

Your browser does not support the HTML 5 audio tag. Click Here to Download this episode Program segments: • William Tapley Explains Significance of Miley Cyrus’ Lewd Dancing • Knowing v. Feeling in Worship • Great Sermon: Beware of False…
UACLutheran: New Site Features

UACLutheran: New Site Features

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