25 November 2018
24 November 2018
23 November 2018
22 November 2018
21 November 2018
20 November 2018
Note that in the hymn cited from Walther's hymnal ALL ye good Christian people are summoned to hail the arrival of God in the flesh - whether they are breathing still or not is irrelevant! If they are the Lord's people, they are living and praising Him still! See Psalm 115. The praise does not die on the lips of God’s people, and so in the liturgy the calling out to all creation to join together in the praise of Him whose love brought Him to Virgin womb, manger, cross, and crown!
19 November 2018
Meet the ancestor of today’s Christmas tree.
St. Paul’s in years past, used to have two Christmas trees in front. One decorated in red, and one in white, both to symbolize the same reality, how the old Adam and Eve brought in death and how the new Adam and Eve (St. Paul, of course, confesses Christ as the new Adam; Irenaeus already saw Mary as a new Eve) restored and surpassed all that our first ancestors lost.
LSB moved the commemoration of Adam and Eve to the 19th of December (maybe under the influence of the Orthodox who observe the Ancestors of Christ on the Sunday before Christmas?), but the connection with Christmas is still close and remains.
18 November 2018
17 November 2018
16 November 2018
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14 November 2018
The sun, moon, stars, clouds, air, earth, and water are no longer so pure and beautiful and lovely as they were. But on that day all things will be made new and will once more become beautiful, as Paul says in Romans viii.—Sermons from 1537 #LutherQuotes
And now it allows for another round of coffee before heading into work, which is pretty sweet.
I wonder, though, what time I'll be ready to hit the hay!
13 November 2018
Thus our eyes are kept shut towards the earthly and visible things, and we hope rather for the things eternal and invisible. And all this is wrought by grace through the cross. This establishes the divine life in us, which is intolerable to the world. Xmas Eve 1522 #LutherQuotes
These words [Creed] which you have heard are in the Divine Scriptures scattered up and down: but thence gathered and reduced into one, ...that every person may be able to say, able to hold, what he believes. Aug. Serm on Creed #FathersOfTheChurch