November 24, 2017

Archives for October 2016

Sermon: The Truth Will Make You Free (Reformation Sunday)

Note from CM: Beginning yesterday, I will be preaching every Sunday at St. George Lutheran Church in Edinburgh, Indiana until April. On Mondays, I’ll post my sermons, and I hope that you will find nourishment and encouragement through them. Of course, you are free to critique and help me improve my preaching as well! We celebrated […]

Pic & Post of the Week: Halloween Classic Edition

(Click on picture for larger image) Note from CM: Because tomorrow is Halloween, our pic & poem post will become a pic & post article — excerpted from one of Michael Spencer’s classic Halloween pieces. • • • The world of the imagination has always been essential to human beings, but they’ve never known just what […]

Saturday Ramblings: October 29, 2016

RAMBLER OF THE WEEK Despite the fact that, in one of his last writings, Martin Luther: addressed the pope as “Your Hellishness,” called him a person who shoveled horse shit into people’s mouths; despite his description of the pope as “full of all the worst devils in hell-full, full, and so full that [he] can do nothing […]

Fridays with Michael Spencer: October 28, 2016

A saint is capable of loving created things and enjoying the use of them and dealing with them in a perfectly simple, natural manner, making no formal references to God, drawing no attention to his own piety, and acting without any artificial rigidity at all. His gentleness and his sweetness are not pressed through his […]

Chris Kratzer: I’m Done: Why I’m Completely Walking Away From Church, Ministry, And Most Everything “Christian”

Note from CM: Today we hear from Chris Kratzer, who blogs at Putting into Words What Only Grace Is Brave Enough to Say. Chris, believe me, I understand. Thanks for letting us share a bit of your journey today. • • • I’m Done: Why I’m Completely Walking Away From Church, Ministry, And Most Everything […]

NT Wright: The Problem = Abandoning Our Vocation

Set forth the goal accurately and diagnose the problem correctly, and you have a much better chance of finding the right solution. I’m currently reading the first part of N.T. Wright’s new book, The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’s Crucifixion, and I find his diagnosing skills and his ability to communicate his findings […]

Another Look: Jesus as the New Adam

Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”     […]

Music Monday: October 24, 2016

Music Monday: Preparing for Reformation Day One of Martin Luther’s great contributions to the Church was the restoration of hymn-singing to the people of God. A favorite album in my collection that I love to listen to this time of year was released by Concordia Publishing House; it’s called Martin Luther: Hymns, Ballads, Chants, Truth. It […]

Pic & Poem of the Week

Note: This poem is written from the viewpoint of the opposing team. The Chicago Cubs won the pennant four times from 1906-1910, often frustrating the Giants along the way. Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance were the remarkably talented infield double-play combination for the Cubs. Russell to Baez to Rizzo doesn’t have quite the […]

Saturday Ramblings: October 22, 2016

RAMBLER OF THE WEEK This summer I had the privilege of attending a luncheon at the home of the Archbishop of Indianapolis, Joseph W. Tobin. Our mutual friend John Armstrong had arranged for a number of religious leaders and ministers from around town to meet together to discuss the topic of missional-ecumenism in our city. I […]