Racism and the Church – a review

Racism and the Church A Report of the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod February 1994 56 pages Racism is alive and well in the USA and around the world. That, however, is not the focus of this report. Its focus is “Racism

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The Danger of HONOR

The Lord be with you Who doesn’t like the praise of others? Who doesn’t want to be honored? There is a danger, though, with receiving the praise of men. Ewald Plass, in his book WHAT LUTHER SAYS, provides quotes from the great reformer Martin Luther on the general topic of

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Martin Luther, Doctor and Confessor

Commemoration of Martin Luther, Doctor and Confessor February 18 The Lord be with you On the LC-MS Church Calendar, today is recognized as the Commemoration of Martin Luther, Doctor and Confessor. This day has been selected because Luther died February 18, 1546, and the day a saint is “born” into

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Luther on Government

Luther on Government There can hardly be a greater contrast in presidents of the United States than between Barack Obama and Donald Trump. This can leave the Christian wondering about how we are to respond to “government.” Ewald Plass, in his book WHAT LUTEHER SAYS, provides page after page of

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Commemoration of Philipp Melanchthon

Commemoration of Philipp Melanchthon (birth), Confessor February 16 The Lord be with you Philipp Melanchthon was born February 16, 1497 as Philipp Schwarzerd. Following the practice of many scholars of the day, Philipp translated his last name, which means “black earth,” into its Latin equivalent. He died April 19, 1560.

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Philemon and Onesimus

Commemoration of Philemon and Onesimus February 15 The Lord be with you On the liturgical calendar used in the LCMS, today is recognized as the Commemoration of Philemon and Onesimus. The Eastern Church recognizes Onesimus on this day (not Philemon), calling him “Apostle Onesimus.” They were introduced into the Lutheran

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Saint Valentine, Martyr

Commemoration of Saint Valentine, Martyr February 14 The Lord be with you Today is, of course, Valentine’s Day. The greeting card companies and florists love it. The origins of the day reach back to the third century. The name Valentine means “worthy,” and so it is not surprising that there

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Aquila, Priscilla, and Apollos

Commemoration of Aquila, Priscilla, and Apollos February 13 The Lord be with you On the LC-MS liturgical calendar February 13 is the Commemoration of Aquila, Priscilla, and Apollos. It is also recognized by Orthodox congregations for Aquilla and Priscilla (sorry Apollos). Aquila and his wife, Priscilla (Prisca), were Jewish contemporaries

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