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On a roll

Usually things are so backed up at work that my to-do-list is quite depressing. Two relatively quiet and very productive days resulted in getting tons of projects finished and enabling that eminently satisfying moment of crossing them off my list. The …

Farewell and Godspeed

Ken Silva 1955-2014— Chris Rosebrough (@piratechristian) September 30, 2014 “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” (Psalms 116:15)
Commemoration of Jerome, Translator of Holy Scripture

Commemoration of Jerome, Translator of Holy Scripture

Today we remember and give thanks for Jerome, Translator of Holy Scripture.  Jerome was born in a little village on the Adriatic Sea around the year A.D. 345. At a young age he went to study in Rome, where he was baptized. After extensive travels, he chose the life of a monk and spent five years in the Syrian desert. There he learned Hebrew, the language of the Old Testament . After ordination at Antioch and visits to Rome and . . . Read All

More than Stuff. Trinity 15, 2014.

15th Sunday after Trinity+ St. Peter Lutheran Church+ St. Matthew 6:24-34 + September 28, 2014 “More than Stuff” Iesu Iuva   Dearly beloved in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. In most societies throughout history it’s been easy to tell what gods they worshipped.  The biggest and most glorious buildings would always be temples built to honor their gods.  In ancient Rome even the sports stadiums and theaters were associated with pagan worship.  In the middle ages the biggest building in town was always—the church. What are our biggest buildings?  The giant skyscrapers in downtown Chicago?  They’re built for business.  In most towns shopping malls and banks are among the biggest . . . Read All
Mark’s thoughts: The weird and wacky history of Confirmation, Part 8 – The bishop is separated from baptism

Mark’s thoughts: The weird and wacky history of Confirmation, Part 8 – The bishop is separated from baptism

(Fifteenth century font in St. John’s, Badingham) In the previous post we saw that the eighth and ninth centuries were a critical time in the development of the Sacrament of Confirmation which existed at the time of the Reformation.  The language of “confirmation” in Gaul that was associated with the legitimizing work of the bishop encountered the post-baptismal rites from Rome that were limited to the bishop alone.  A setting that already believed the Spirit was at work in the water of baptism and that the Spirit was given through chrismation by the presbyter now added a second chrismationadministered by the bishop that bestowed the sevenfold gift of the . . . Read All

Paul and Barnabus Sent Off

13:1 Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, [1] Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a member of the court of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. (Acts 13:1-3 (ESV) Thus begins the missionary journeys of Paul and Barnabus. It begins with worship and fasting. It doesn’t really say how long the fasted, but one sees here the relationship between fasting and prayer. The worship would have included . . . Read All
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