Open as PDFPrint PostToday, January 27, the Church remembers one of the greatest preachers the world has ever known, St. John Chrysostom — Bishop, Theologian, and Preacher. John was born in Antioch around 347 A.D. Instructed in the Faith by his pious mother, Anthusa, he became a dominant figure in the fourth-century.  So exceptional was…

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Open as PDFPrint PostPaul Gerhardt (1607-1676) is arguably the greatest Lutheran hymn writer, period. The depth with which he wrote and his mastery of both musical and theological astuteness is extraordinary. There is, however, one glaring problem with Gerhardt’s hymns. They’re always too long! I’m not complaining (well, maybe a little), I’m pointing out the…

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Open as PDFPrint Post“Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me; the Lord has forgotten me’” (Is. 49:14). Despite the certainty of God’s promise, the people of Israel looked only to what they could see with their eyes, and according to what they saw, the only thing they could conclude was that they had been forsaken.…

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Open as PDFPrint Post Lord God, grant us a peaceable heart and good courage in the struggle and strife with the devil, that we may not only endure and finally prevail, but also in the midst of the struggle and strife have peace, praise and thank You, and not murmur against Your divine will, so…

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Open as PDFPrint PostI have heard many describe the United States of America as a “Christian nation.” Usually, this is stated alongside a general lament over the current state of our country’s morality. Others, however, have strongly opposed such a stance, suggesting rather that our nation was conceived to be secular. Both positions, I would…

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