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We Wish You A Merry [CENSORED]

Rev. Fisk from Worldview Everlasting nails it again.  Enjoy the following video.   Oh, and by the way, “Merry Christmas.”  🙂 To join in the conversation on Facebook, CLICK HERE.Follow on Twitter, CLICK HERE. . . . Read All
Mark’s thoughts: God with us in difficulties until there are no more

Mark’s thoughts: God with us in difficulties until there are no more

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that . . . Read All

Culture news: The real conflict in the A&E/Duck Dynasty story

Writing in the Atlantic, Larry Alex Taunton does a nice job of noting the real conflict in the A&E/Duck Dynasty story. . . Read All.  He writes: Missing in the controversy over A&E’s handling of its golden goose—or duck, rather—is the fact that the real conflict here is not between Robertson and A&E; it is between gay activists and a solid majority of Christians who believe homosexual acts are wrong. As indicated above, Robertson’s views are hardly anomalous. Christians may disagree on the details, but the Bible strongly condemns homosexuality in both the Old and New Testaments; the marriage model of one man and one woman is first given by God in Genesis 2 and reiterated by Jesus in Matthew 19; and in

Culture news: The real conflict in the A&E/Duck Dynasty story

Writing in the Atlantic, Larry Alex Taunton does a nice job of noting the real conflict in the A&E/Duck Dynasty story. . . Read All.  He writes: Missing in the controversy over A&E’s handling of its golden goose—or duck, rather—is the fact that the real conflict here is not between Robertson and A&E; it is between gay activists and a solid majority of Christians who believe homosexual acts are wrong. As indicated above, Robertson’s views are hardly anomalous. Christians may disagree on the details, but the Bible strongly condemns homosexuality in both the Old and New Testaments; the marriage model of one man and one woman is first given by God in Genesis 2 and reiterated by Jesus in Matthew 19; and in
Episode 260: December 27th, 2013

Episode 260: December 27th, 2013

In the final HT-Radio episode of 2013, Pr. Borghardt and Jon are joined by Pr. Carl Thiele from the land down under! Pr. Thiele talks about what Christmas is like in Australia and how it is similar and different from here in the US. Then Pr. Gaven Mize…
We Need Christmas!

We Need Christmas!

Someone asked me the other day what I hoped to see by the end of my tenure as Synod president. I thought for a moment and responded. It is my deepest desire that the Synod be strengthened theologically (a deepened commitment to Holy Scripture and our …

Sermon for Fourth Sunday in Advent

                                                                                                  Advent 4                                                                                                   Deut 18:15-19                                                                                                   12/22/13             During two out of the three years that I was a doctoral student in New Testament studies, I attended the national Society of Biblical Literature meeting.  The SBL as it is known is the most important professional organization for those involved in scholarship related to biblical studies.  Each year they have their national meeting at the beginning of the week in which Thanksgiving falls.             This meeting . . . Read All

Scripture, Catechesis And Prayer: December 22nd

Psalms Psalms 24:1–10 “The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. Who shall ascend the hill of the…
Advent Meditations 2013. . .

Advent Meditations 2013. . .

. . . Read All Here are the Advent sermons for 2013. . . Advent Sermon One 2013 + I Thessalonians 4:13-18 The two things we know least about are both tied together by St. Paul – death and Jesus’ return in glory.  Imagine that.  We are given precious little information about what happens to the dead when they die, even what happens to the dead in Christ, the faithful who, as Scripture says, have fallen asleep.  We are given precious little information about what will happen when Christ returns in His glory – just enough to let our speculation get us into trouble.  Then at the end of this paragraph in which we are given little more than tidbits about either death or Christ’s
The “why” of “high”

The “why” of “high”

. . . Read All Why?  Because I like it… Ahhhh, No!  Not good enough. I have spent most of my like working for the recovery of our lost Lutheran identity on Sunday morning as well as in catechesis and mission.  That has led me to two parishes (so I am way behind in my effort to remake the whole Missouri Synod).  Some of my critics have accused me of simply replacing one aesthetic for another.  Some have accused me of trying to recapture a lost moment in time (we call it repristination).  Some have accused me of being a closet Romanist (with some urging me to go ahead and swim the Tiber and others telling me to stop acting Roman and start acting Protestant
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