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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Commemoration of Justin, Martyr

The Commemoration of Justin, Martyr June 1 Today we commemorate Justin. He was born around the year 100 AD and was martyred in 165. He is, therefore, one of those who give us a good look at the Christian Church in the time immediately following the days of the Apostles.

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The Visitation

The Visitation May 31 The Lord be with you Today we celebrate as the visitation of Mary. This commemorates when Mary, the mother of our Lord, visited Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, when they were both pregnant (Luke 1:39-45). The Visitation is basically a festival of Christ. John

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Memorial Day Weekend

Friday after Trinity Sunday Memorial Day Weekend May 27, 2016 The Lord be with you This weekend is Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day is not a Church holiday but a civic one. Still, as citizens of the United States, it is appropriate that we recognize the day in some fashion,

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To Forgive Is Not to Forget

Thursday in the week of Pentecost 2 May 26, 2016 The Lord be with you The Spring 2016 (volume 42 | number 2) issue of Concordia Journal is very good, as usual. Eventually it will be posted on-line at http://concordiatheology.org/?s=journal&x=0&y=0. (You can find past issues there now.) One article was

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Commemoration of Bede the Venerable

The Commemoration of Bede the Venerable, Theologian May 25 Today we remember Bede the Venerable (973-733/5 AD). He was the last of the Early Church Fathers and the first to compile the history of the English church. Born in Northumbria, Bede’s parents took him to a local monastery in northern

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Commemoration of Esther

The Commemoration of Esther May 24 The Lord be with you Esther (which means “star”) is the heroine of the biblical book that bears her name. Her Jewish name was Hadassah, which means “myrtle.” Her beauty, charm, and courage served her well as queen to King Ahasuerus. In that role,

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Worship Rhythm

Monday after the Festival of the Holy Trinity The Lord be with you As regular readers of this blog know, we have entered the Pentecost Season. As most everyone in our denomination knows, in 1982 the LC-MS introduced the hymnal Lutheran Worship (okay, you may not have known the date,

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