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Advent 1 – Matthew 21:1-9

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit The Christian Church seemingly does everything backward from the world. Many people have put up their Christmas decorations. Even our church building is ready for Christmas with a little touch of Advent too! Others are either dreading or dreaming […]

A Lament for the Lectionary

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

I love the historic lectionary. The rhythm of the readings, the Psalms and Introits, the use of traditional hymnody that speaks references it directly, it flows in a way that is beautiful, reverent and stirring. It stirs up the faith, just as the historic collects remind us as we prepare for Adventtide. That is why […]

Notes on Advent 1 (Ad Te Levavi)

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

“Tell this to the daughter of Zion,” the prophet says. “Open your mouth and shout so she is not offended by His lowly coming but listens to what is proclaimed.” Let your ears give insight to your eyes. Your King has no great stallion, no spurs, no saddle. He is poor and rides a donkey. […]

Johannes Brenz's Gospel Postil

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Johannes Brenz (1499-1570) was the reformer of Württemberg (southeast Germany). He was staunchly Lutheran, but had his own emphases that differed at times from Luther and especially Melanchthon. We must be thankful that his Gospel Postill is now online.

Lectionary Survey

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Below you will find a link to a survey that Concordia Publishing House is conducting regarding the lectionary. I would urge every Lutheran pastor and congregation to fill this out. CPH does a lot of wonderful things for Lutheran congregations, and I would dearly love to see them provide more resources for the one year […]