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Acts of praying, fasting, and giving alms. The reason for this is that Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and Lent is the time of year when Christians are called to prepare themselves to walk with Jesus towards the cross during
It is a strange phrase that Jesus tells Peter, Andrew, James, and John as they are tending their nets by the sea of Galilee. It shows up in the beginning of Matthew which is the Gospel that we will be focusing on in this coming new year. When the fishermen Pastor Erik Goehner hear the call of Jesus to follow him the Scripture says ...
One thing I liked about playing backyard sports as a kid, was the do-over. This rule would be invoked when in the middle of the game something would happen to distract a player or cause them to mess up and that player could call for a "do-over" which meant the person wanted another chance at making a play.
The Ancient Songs of Advent What is the power of music and poetry? It is the power to express mystery and meaning in ways that common language cannot. It is the power to capture an overflow of emotions when ...
It says that when the Lord God made the heavens and the earth there was no one to work the ground. So God takes some dirt, forms a human being, and breathes life into the human. Then in verse 15 it says that, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”
I grew up Lutheran, but when it came to my faith, I was also influenced by the Congregationalist relatives on my dad's side. The way my grandparents and great-uncles and aunts practiced their faith was a little more outgoing than what I experienced in my Lutheran tradition. One example of this was that during their worship times they had ...
If I were to ask people at Holy Trinity what is the most sacred space on our campus, what do you think would be their answer? I would guess that most people would probably say the sanctuary. After all, that is where the pews are. That is where the altar is. That is where the big cross is, the organ, the high ceiling and stained glass window. Certainly the design and decorations indicate that the sanctuary is a sacred space, but I might argue that the ...
What does it mean to carry each other's burdens? When Paul was writing to the church at Galatia he could have meant if they saw people with heavy loads on their way to the market the early Christians were to offer to literally help them carry their burdens. I think Paul also meant something more than ...
What we pray for says something about what we believe, and what is important to us. Do we pray only for ourselves or do we also pray for others as well? Do we pray for the common good or only for prosperity for the particular group that we belong to? Do we pray asking God to bring judgment or do we pray asking God to open our hearts to grace?
Lutherans are not known for their demonstrative Christian witness. Our Northern European roots are from a culture that has not been known for being very out-going. In fact, there is a joke I heard that goes something like this
When Jesus enters Jerusalem and the people are shouting "Hosanna" some of the religious officials are disturbed. They ask Jesus to try and quiet the people and Jesus replies by saying, "If they were to be quiet then the stones will cry out."
Some of my favorite stories in Scripture are the Post Resurrection stories. These record some of the encounters that Jesus' friends and followers have with him after he has risen from the grave. As we go through our pattern of reading Scripture called the lectionary, these passages show up after Easter Sunday until Pentecost....