Open as PDFPrint PostWhen C.S. Lewis wrote his book, The Screwtape Letters, it was a shocking and disturbing read for the Christian community. Frankly, it still is, because it forces us to see things from the perspective of a demon and exposes just how thoroughly satan is committed to attacking our faith. Generally, we’d like…

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Open as PDFPrint PostOn Good Friday, in the year 1530, a tense group of theologians met at Coburg Castle. They were the laity tasked with attending the Diet of Augsburg to confront the Emperor Charles V, arguably the most important event of the 16 century Reformation. Luther was to stay behind, but he met with…

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Open as PDFPrint PostMost people assume that Lutherans entered the scene on 1517 when Luther nailed his 95 Theses. That an understandable misconception. But the doctrine of the Lutheran Faith is nothing Luther contrived or developed himself. It was what the Church had always believed. As C.P. Krauth wisely pointed out, “It is vastly more…

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Open as PDFPrint PostOn this day, February 18, in the year 1546, at 2:45 a.m., Martin Luther died. He had traveled to Eisleben, his birthplace, on January 17 to help settle a dispute there, but he was already very ill. While there, he preached his last sermon on February 15, just three days before he…

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Open as PDFPrint PostLast year there were a bunch of palm branches that felt very left out, having not been used for Palm Sunday (because the service was canceled). You should have seen them, they looked so sad and despondent. So I thought I’d put them to good use by turning them into ashes so…

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Open as PDFPrint PostThe day before the beginning of Lent has gone by many names — Mardi Gras, Paczki Day, Fat Tuesday — but in the Voltattorni household it’s called “Pancake Tuesday!”  Every year the kids get excited about the fact that we have pancakes for dinner on this day and they love to be…

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Open as PDFPrint PostYes, that’s a real word. In Latin it means “50 days,” referring to the countdown until Easter, and it is the last week in the lesser-known season of “Pre-Lent.” The first week of Pre-Lent, SEPTUAGESIMA, taught us of God’s grace and the unearned, undeserved,  gift of salvation in Christ Jesus. The second…

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Open as PDFPrint Post Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14 But if we…

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Open as PDFPrint PostIn case you missed last week’s explanation of Pre-Lent, you can find it here: Septuagesima – Grace Alone This week is Sexagesima, which means “60 days.” The Gospel lesson from Luke 8:4-15, which is the parable of the Sower, focuses on the passive reception of God’s Word alone as the means by…

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Open as PDFPrint Post“What, practically, can I do about the issue of abortion? Other than casting my vote, I don’t really have much of a voice in this world. I can’t run for office. I can’t donate piles of money for other people to lobby. What can I do, it’s just… me?” That’s how I…

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