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Fulfilling the Law

8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (Romans 13:8-10 (ESV) Love is the fulfilling of the law. This isn’t saying that as long as we love that we fulfill the law. What it means is that love that cares for other people does not want to break the commandments. You can’t love your . . . Read All
Choose as many as you want. . .

Choose as many as you want. . .

So a school in Brighton (Brighton College) has decided to abolish gender altogether and allow students to self-identify with the old Chicago election mantle — vote early and vote often.  Whatever you may think you are at the moment, the self-admitted purpose of the Brighton College, according to its headmaster, is to make you happy…  I wish somebody would have told me that when I was laboring under the oppression of tests, papers, and rules (like mandatory chapel attendance)! Education remains the area in which we exhibit the most far flung manifestations of our overall lunacy.  How odd it is a child’s self-identity would be identified as the radical route to happiness, as though the natural world were designed. . . Read All

“Today you will be with Me in Paradise” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Wednesday Vespers February 24, 2016“Today you will be with Me in Paradise”Luke 23:39-43 Two evildoers — criminals – were facing their just deserts. They did the crime and now had to ‘face the punishment. Matthew and Mark tell us they were robbers. They preyed on the innocent. They cared nothing for their neighbor’s wellbeing. We might regard death by crucifixion as too severe a penalty for robbery, but it would be good if robbers were as afraid of severe justice as innocent citizens are of being robbed. Those lawless thugs were only getting what they deserved. The Bible doesn’t question the justice of their penalty. God’s word does present us with a stark difference between them. Both deserved . . . Read All

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
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