To be “woke” simply means to be awake to something; to see something that you didn’t see before. Formally, it’s explained in this way: The notion of “getting woke” (or staying woke) is defined as being acutely aware of racial and social injustice—not just awareness and acknowledgement of isolated incidents, but awareness from a position…

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Today, November 9, the Church remembers Martin Chemnitz (1522-1586) who, aside from Luther, is considered the most important theologian of the Lutheran Church. Below is an excerpt from his treatment of the seventh petition of the Lord’s Prayer: [“But deliver us from evil.”] We are taught in the petition to lift up our heads, to…

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This Sunday, Zion will observe All Saints’ Day. As the title implies, it’s the day to remember all the saints of the Church who have gone before us in the Faith. We honor them all; the famous ones and the not so famous, the young and old, those martyred in the colosseum along with those…

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When sins are unrecognized, there is no room for a remedy and no hope for a cure, because men will not submit to the touch of a healer when they imagine themselves well and in no need of a physician. Therefore, the law is necessary to make sin known so that when its gravity and…

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What does it mean to be male or female? What is the difference between biological sex and gender? Can I switch genders?  How many genders are there? What do I say when my neighbor’s six-year-old tells me to now call him Sally instead of Billy because he’s now a girl? These are questions almost no…

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If you hear a pastor preaching the Law in such a way that it makes you feel uncomfortable, and you think that you shouldn’t feel uncomfortable, then you are not listening rightly.  For example, Luther’s statement, from the Large Catechism, to which we unconditionally confess: “Nevertheless, it must be known that such people as deprive…

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Critical Race Theory (CRT) is considered by many to be an academic and philosophical discipline which seeks to challenge the mainstream approaches to racial justice. While the city of Marshall may not be the most racially diverse community around, we cannot for that reason disregard CRT. It has inundated American culture, education, politics, and business.…

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Today the church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Cross. It’s not a well known celebration in our era, but its origin goes back to the early decades of the 4th century. St. Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine, had undertook an archeological search in Jerusalem. She uncovered the areas which were presumed to be…

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I would like to share with you an article and video that encourages us to consider all of the effects of COVID, not just the direct deaths. To it, I would add the massive increase in mental health problems (93%) including suicides. The article linked below explicitly states that, “this is not an argument in…

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On many occasions our Lord taught us that, “the last will be first, and the first last” (Matt. 20:16 cf. 19:30; Mark 10:31; Luke 13:30). This lesson of reversal was nothing new for God’s people. Scripture is replete with stories such as Jospeh and his brothers, Moses and Pharaoh, David and Goliath, etc., where the…

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