The Waiting Father

The Lord be with you Helmut Thielichke (1908-1985) once wrote concerning the parable of the Prodigal Son: … Jesus, who tells this parable, is pointing to himself, between the lines and back of every word. If this were just anyone telling us this story of the good and kindly Father

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The Ecumenical Council of Nicaea, AD 325

Commemoration of The Ecumenical Council of Nicaea, AD 325 June 12 The Council of Nicaea in 325 was the first of the seven recognized ecumenical (world-wide) councils conduced by the church. The last of these councils was also held in Nicaea in the year 787. Each of these councils were

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Feast of St. Barnabas, Apostle

Feast of St. Barnabas, Apostle June 11 St. Barnabas was a Levite from Cyprus. He was, therefore, like Paul, a Jew of the Diaspora in contrast to the Palestinian Jews like Peter. A man of means, Barnabas sold some land and gave the proceeds to the early Christian community in

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Chesterton on Splitting Hairs in Doctrine

In all the mess of modern thoughtlessness, that still calls itself modern thought, there is perhaps nothing so stupendously stupid as the common saying, “Religion can never depend on minute disputes about doctrine.” It is like saying that life can never depend on minute disputes about medicine. The man who

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The Moral Stakes of Everyday Life

The Lord be with you Today, the word “sin” has lost its power and awesome intensity. It’s used most frequently in the context of fattening desserts. Most people in daily conversation don’t talk much about individual sin. If they talk about human evil at all, that evil is most often

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Revelation 1:1-3

The Lord be with you Is there any difference in what Scriptures is trying to communicate when our Lord is referred to as “Jesus” or “Christ”? What is the meaning of the word “symbols” in verse one, often not translated? What does the word “angel” mean? What does the word

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Islam’s Future in America – a review

Monday after Pentecost 3 The Lord be with you In volume 79, number 1, of Concordia Theological Quarterly, that came out in 2015, is an article titled “Islam’s Future in America.” It was written by Adam S.Francisco who is Professor and Chair of the History and Political Thought Department at

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How Christianity Changed the World

The Lord be with you In 2004, Zondervan Publishing House rereleased Alvin Schmidt’s book Under the Influence: How Christianity Transformed Civilization under a new title How Christianity Changed the World. I read the book awhile back and found it to be very well-written and very informative; “two thumbs-up.” While looking

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