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Why Lutheran?

This seems to be the question on everyone's mind we find ourselves striving to adequately answer in a way that honestly captures our reasons for moving to the LCMS. Anyway, I don't think I have found a better, more succinct answer anywhere than these words by Dr. Gene Edward Veith:

Imagine a church that is . . .

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January 21, 2008

Theology...Knowing God

Yesterday at Glory to God for All Things, Fr. Stephen posted marvelous words about placing emphasis in our lives on those things that are important to God.  In his post, he discussed both the necessity and the aim of know God:

And this is theology - to know God. If I have a commitment in theology, it is to . . .

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January 16, 2008

A Daily Prayer for Wednesday

For the past couple of months, I have been using Concordia's most recent edition of the Lutheran Book of Prayer as part of my morning devotions and prayer. There is a section of daily prayers that covers the span of one month, and while they are all excellent, from time to time a prayer will especially resonate with me. This morning was . . .

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January 16, 2008

No surprises here...

Which theologian are you?

created with

You scored as Martin Luther

The daddy of the Reformation. You are opposed to any Catholic ideas of works-salvation and see the scriptures as being primarily authoritative.

Martin Luther


Karl Barth



. . .

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January 15, 2008

One of the Most Profound Things I Heard Today

"I grew old too quickly and wise too slowly..."

These words were said by our pastor, Ralph Hobratschk, during Sunday School this morning at Hope Lutheran Church. On the lighter side, these words almost sound like the tongue-in-cheek lyrics of a Jimmy Buffett song. More seriously, isn't this, unfortunately, more than . . .

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January 13, 2008

Thoreau on Politics

What is called politics is comparatively something so superficial and inhuman, that practically I have never fairly recognized that it concerns me at all. (Henry David Thoreau, "Life Without Principle," 1863)

Ah, alas, some things never change...

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January 11, 2008