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Spiraling Out of Control

by Gene Edward Veith A recent poll found that 80% of Americans believe the country…

Vocation and Lawlessness

by Gene Edward Veith We Lutherans speak quite a bit about the second use of…

The Failure of the Idol of Science

In 1755, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Lisbon, Portugal, on All Saints’ Day, terrorizing the city of 250,000. Churches were full when the first tremor struck. Many perished in collapsing churches.

A wedding story

After a minute or so of this, Todd asked, “Pastor, what do you think was going on?” I said, “When it’s time, it’s time. Todd, it’s time.”

Give us a blessed end

We do not often think of a funeral as the best time for reflection on the Small Catechism. However, when I conducted my first funeral as a young pastor, I was struck by just how appropriate Luther’s explanation to the Seventh Petition of the Lord’s Prayer was for just such an occasion. I not only incorporated it into my first funeral sermon but also led the congregation in a recitation of it then and at every subsequent funeral service.

Christ’s Care in Coronavirus

Thoughts from the midst of the virus by Derek Lecakes Life has changed. We have…

Read Luther’s letter about plague

Download and read Luther’s letter about the deadly plague.

When one can’t flee the plague

Christ’s death paid the price for your sins so that even though you “patiently await” physical death, you wait with the hope of the resurrection.

On listening to sermons: More suggestions

Listening to sermons on Sunday morning often requires wrestling with my sinful flesh to focus on what the pastor is preaching. It’s not easy; it takes work.

Through pinholes of light

As dark days become brighter, Epiphany delivers us the Jesus who Himself is the Light of the World.

Poor sinners, royal priests

What exactly is the “priesthood of all believers”? And what does it mean for us?

The reason for every season

Christmas and Advent are also about Christ’s coming in Word and Sacrament today, and about living in eager, joyful anticipation of His second coming.

A crèche “crisis” averted  

Let us join the Holy Family and shepherds and angels in focusing our gaze on the babe in the crib, on the greatest Gift of God, born to bear all our sins and give us eternal life.

O give thanks to the Lord

The atoning death of Christ is the fount of Christian thanksgiving.

Losing control

The loss of control magnifies the gift of prayer.

Breaking the back-sitting Lutheran

Who could think of Lutherans without thinking of a people possessed of an unflagging, unabating, almost obsessive desire to sit in the back of the church during worship?