Which Calendar Are You Using?

By now, hopefully, you have taken down your 2017 calendar and put up your 2018 calendar. Maybe you have marked the new calendar with important dates like birthdays, anniversaries, vacations. Or maybe this year you are taking the plunge and getting rid of the old-fashioned paper calendars and going all digital. But whatever your preference,…

Three Wise Women instead of Three Wise Men?

January 6 is set aside in the church calendar to celebrate the Epiphany, a word that means “revealing.” The Epiphany season runs from January 6 to Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season. Epiphany refers to Jesus revealing his divine nature through his humanity. It’s one thing to reveal divinity by doing God-like things…

Christmas Year Round

Of all the things that should keep going year round, Christmas is one of them. It is the celebration of the holy birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Holy Scripture tells us who this holy Christ child is: He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his…

On Holy Ground

At the burning bush Moses was asked to take off his shoes because he was standing on holy ground. [1] Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. [2]…

Do We Need Another Reformation?

As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation today, some have wondered if it is time for another Reformation. In typical Lutheran fashion I would answer that question, “Yes and No.” No, in the sense that what Martin Luther taught starting 500 years ago is still true and is still being taught in many…