In Quest of a Historical Angle – a review

The Lord be with you I have read someplace that the study of history has declined in the academic world, that many universities have even eliminated their history departments. I know of at least one university where the history department was eliminated and the courses were absorbed into the humanities

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A Brief History of Hymnals in the LC-MS

The Lord be with you The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod was established in 1847 by immigrants from Germany. The new denomination was named “The German Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio and Other States.” The name was shortened to The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod in 1947 (the 100th anniversary of

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In Defense of Denominations

The Lord be with you It is fashionable today to put down denominations. Some even make the false claim that Jesus never wanted to establish any sort of church at all (Matthew 16:18 clearly indicates this is a dumb idea). Others point to the fact that denominations are, what you

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Times and Seasons of the Church Year

The Lord be with you Many denominations officially use the Church Year and all denominations use the Church Year to one degree or another. If you are part of a congregation that does not officially use the Church Year, but still celebrate days like Christmas and Easter, then you are

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Festival of St. Matthias, Apostle

Festival of St. Matthias, Apostle February 24 The Lord be with you Matthias is one of the lesser-known apostles. He was appointed to the apostolic band to replace Judas, who betrayed Jesus and committed suicide. His appointment, and the qualifications for being an apostle, is found in Acts 1:15-25. An

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