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Sexagesima – Word Alone

By Pastor Voltattorni / February 8, 2021 /

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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Don’t Look Away

By Pastor Voltattorni / February 5, 2021 /

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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The Unborn Are Zombies?

By Pastor Voltattorni / February 3, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint PostOver the weekend Dr. Jennifer Gunter — a prominent abortion proponent, Canadian-American gynecologist, New York Times columnist for women’s health, author, and specialist in chronic pain medicine — started a public conversation online challenging GOP minority Leader McCarthy to a “factual discussion about abortion.” I won’t go into the details of the…

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The Presentation of Our Lord & The Purification of Mary

By Pastor Voltattorni / February 2, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint PostToday, February 2, the Western Church celebrates the Presentation of Our Lord and the Purification of Mary. According to the Law of Moses (Exodus 13; Leviticus 12) the children of Israel were required to go to the temple on the fortieth day after childbirth. Today is forty days after Christmas, so it…

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Septuagesima – Grace Alone

By Pastor Voltattorni / February 1, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint PostPre-Lent is upon us.  Sometimes it’s called Gesimatide (“gesima” is latin for “days”). It just refers to the three weeks before Lent begins. Although we don’t talk about it much, this short season dates back to at least the mid-fifth century and ruction as a sort of bridge between the joyous season…

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The Danger of Preaching

By Pastor Voltattorni / January 27, 2021 /

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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Hymngoodness x 15

By Pastor Voltattorni / January 26, 2021 /

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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Where to Turn After 48 Years of Shame

By Pastor Voltattorni / January 22, 2021 /

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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Luther’s Prayer for Patience & Victory

By Pastor Voltattorni / January 21, 2021 /

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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The First Amendment: An Aid to Genuine Christianity

By Pastor Voltattorni / January 20, 2021 /

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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