Repentance and Worship

The Lord be with you For many of us pastors our first “contact” with Richard Caemmerer was his book Preaching for the Church (published in 1959). In its pages we were introduced to “Goal, Malady and Means.” Through this book Caemmerer has influenced decades of LC-MS preachers and, therefore, decades

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Follow Me

The Lord be with you Bede the Venerable (673-735), in a sermon on Mark 2:13-17, said: “Follow” meant “imitate” – not by the movement of his feet, but rather by a change of life. For whoever says he is following Christ ought himself to walk as Christ walked. “He rose

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Revelation 1 handouts

The Lord be with you This is the next video of the Revelation class. It is different from previous videos as the recording is not of the actual class. At this class I distributed the remaining handouts for chapter one and spoke about them. For this video, I simply review

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Festival of St. Mary Magdalene

Festival of St Mary Magdalene July 22 The Lord be with you Today is the Festival of St. Mary Magdalene. Mary is, perhaps, one of the most celebrated ladies of the Bible. This day is used to recognize her on all liturgical calendars I am familiar with. So, what makes

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Revelation 1:9-10

The Lord be with you This is the next installment of our Bible study on Revelation. It covers chapter 1 verses 9 and 10. We get a look at suffering, ruling, patiently enduring, the testimony of Jesus, being in spirit, the Lord’s day, a voice like a trumpet, and more.

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Commemoration of Ezekiel

Commemoration of Ezekiel July 21 Today we remember, on our liturgical calendar in the LC-MS, Ezekiel, the son of Buzi. He was a priest called by God to be a prophet to the exiles during the Babylonian captivity (Ezekiel 1:36). In 597 BC, King Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian army brought

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Commemoration of Elijah

Commemoration of Elijah July 20 The Lord be with you On the liturgical calendar used in the LC-MS we again follow the suggestion of the 19th century liturgical scholar, Wilhelm Löhe (remembered January 2), and recognize today as the Commemoration of Elijah. The Eastern Church, on this day, commemorates the

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David as a Type of Christ

The Lord be with you Below is an excerpt from one of the sermons of Caesarius of Arles, a Church Father renowned for his sermons. You will notice that he uses a type of interpretation called “allegorical,” though he doesn’t use that word here. This approach was very popular for

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Tertullian on Baptism

The Lord be with you Tertullian (160-230), sometimes called the First Latin Father, is not recognized on any liturgical calendar of which I know. This is probably because he was opposed to widows being allowed to remarry or because he condemned believers who fled persecution (both of which the church

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Commemoration of Ruth

Commemoration of Ruth July 16 The Lord be with you Today, on the LC-MS liturgical calendar, is recognized as the Commemoration of Ruth. In doing so, we are following the liturgical calendar proposed by the 19th century Lutheran scholar Wilhelm Löhe. Löhe was also a key player in the formation

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