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Sermon for second mid-week Lent service: Table of Duties – Of Civil Government and Of Citizens

                                                                   Mid-Lent 2                                                                    Table of Duties:                                                                    Of Civil Government; Of Citizens                                                                    2/24/16             Last week will not go down in the books as one of my all time favorites.  Now thankfully, I did feel better than the previous weekend when I was sick in bed and had to miss church.  But as you could hear last Wednesday and then on Sunday, I was still trying to get over whatever . . . Read All

We are absolutely pitiful

…the power went out around five due to a wet snow and blowing wind. Got the fire going in the fireplace and the temp in the living room has warmed up to bearable. But the thing we’re grousing about? Coffee! Power flickered back on and I started coffe…
Feast of St. Matthias, Apostle

Feast of St. Matthias, Apostle

Today is the Feast of  St. Matthias, Apostle.  Matthias is one of the lesser known apostles.  He was chosen by lot to fill the vacancy in the twelve apostles left by the death of Judas.  The account of his election (Acts 1:12-26) tells us that Matthias had been a follower of Jesus Christ during His whole ministry – from the baptism of John the Baptist until the day of the ascension.  Church . . . Read All

Ministers of God

13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist…
White and Western. . .

White and Western. . .

With two words you can dismiss nearly everything that has to do with Christianity. . . at least if you want to.  It is all white and all Western, Eurocentric to the core.  At least that is how a great many of the church’s critics (both inside and outside the church) have attempted to tear down the church’s history, legacy, and witness. Of course, there is always truth to every fallacy.  There is truth to this.  The worst of many things in the church has come when Western culture was equated with all that is good, normative, and pure.  But this is a fallacy.  The Mass was formed and shaped not by a Western culture but by the culture of. . . Read All

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Light for My Path Daily Devotion Bible Reading Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58 ESV) Hymn ELH 68:1,6 Eternal Son of God Eternal Son of God, O Thou, Before whom earth and heaven bow, Regard Thy people as they raise To Thee their songs […]

St. Matthias, Apostle

Today’s Reading: Acts 1:15-26 Daily Lectionary: Genesis 22:1-19; Mark 7:1-23 “And they cast lots for them and the lot fell on Matthias and he was added to the eleven apostles.” (Acts 1:26) In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The Lord Jesus doesn’t stop at…

Patristic Quote of the Day

Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Matthew 6:12 Whosoever shall deny that this prayer is in this life necessary for every righteous man who knows and does the will of God, except the one Saint of saints, greatly errs, and is utterly incapable of pleasing Him whom he praises.—St. Augustine, On Merit and the Forgiveness of Sins, and the Baptism of Infants Book III:Chapter 23. . . Read All
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