Menu

Divine Service:
Sunday at 10:30 AM
Wednesday at 7:00 PM
See Events for special services

Pastor's Blog

Subscribe to the RSS Feed
  • Featured Posts
  • All Posts

Commentary On Divorce From Matthew Chapter 5

The gospel for Epiphany 6 is Matthew 5:21-37. In this post I will comment on the section regarding adultery and divorce since I don't cover it in tomorrow's sermon; but is in need of comment. Jesus says:"You have heard it said "You shall not commit adultery." But I say toyou that any man that lays lustful eyes on a woman has alreadycommitted adultery with her in his heart...

Keep Reading

What Is The Pastor's Job?

What is the pastor's job? The answer is simple but few people seem to know it. In common Lutheran lingo the pastor is Called to "preach the Word and administer the Sacraments". While not untrue it is like saying that the organist's job is to push buttons. The organist's job is not simply to push buttons, or even to read music (though he does these things). But his job is ...

Keep Reading
1

Do Something Great For The World

Do you want to do something good for the world? Go to church. Moral decline has rendered the United States of America, a once vibrant nation to which all the world flocked (and still does even in her wretched condition) little more than a moral junkyard. Nations across the world be they rich, poor, communist, Muslim, conservative, liberal, secularist and sexually permis...

Keep Reading

Collect For Epiphany 5 (Series A)

The Collect for the upcoming Sunday is a beauty: O Lord, keep your family the church continually in the true faith that, relying on the hope of your heavenly grace, we may ever be defended by your mighty power " Take each element of it into consideration and meditate on it for a few moments. It is medicine for the soul! We ask God to "keep" us - for we cannot keep oursel...

Keep Reading

More On Scripture And Liturgy

I have often written, discussed and spoken on this topic in the last 8 years. This brief essay is written to further clarify what I consider to be the case, and why I consider it important. Your comments are welcome....

Keep Reading

Lay Readers

How do sheep stray? One blade at a time. This is what happens in church practice and theology until shepherd becomes sheep, and sheep shepherd. After some 50 years of lay readers not only do people not look with misgiving at the practice, but they look askance at those who do. Talk about reversal. Nonetheless let us endeavor to keep the torch of rite/right practice bur...

Keep Reading

A Message To The Kings Of The Earth From Sacred Scripture

The kings of the earth have destroyed the earth! They have ravished the poor and led the rich to destruction! Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve Christ the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him." (...

Keep Reading

The Evangelism Of Love

Christians have no duty to evangelize the unbelievers they encounter each day. Nor is outreach the chief agenda of the Christian congregation. Some 50 years ago a book entitled "Evangelism Explosion" took Protestant churches by storm. It's purpose was to teach and equip every Christian to do "personal evangelism". Following in its wake was a bevy of evangelism programs, w...

Keep Reading

Martin Luther On The Forgiveness of Sins

Here are words of supreme comfort for all sinners, especially Christian sinners, preached to us from the pen of St. Martin of Wittenberg. Read them and rejoice. (From Luther's Large Catechism on Apostle's Creed 3rd Article)...

Keep Reading

A New Year Prayer

"Preserve me Oh God, for in you I take refuge." (Psalm 16:1)...

Keep Reading