The Birth of a Sermon

Have you ever wondered how a sermon comes to be? If you were to ask 5 pastors about how they go about writing their sermons, you would likely get about 8 different answers.  The process is different for each, but to give you, my dear reader a little window into my own process I thought I would put down how the sermon you hear on Sunday morning has come about. 1.  The process...

To the Easter Garden – O.P. Kretzman

It was very quiet, I am sure, that morning in the garden… As Judea turned toward the sun on the greatest day in history, there was nothing to show that the dawn was different from ten thousand others… Except possibly three women hurrying to a garden, and to a stone which no longer would be at the place where it had been when dusk had come down like a curtain on Holy Saturday… T...

O.P. Kretzmann on Silent Wednesday

Holy week... The most important seven days in the history of man... Although the exact sequence of events is not always clear to us, we can discern, even now, the straight lines of divine order... Sunday: The garments in the dust - the Hosannahs as the prelude to the "Crucify."... Monday: Sermons with the urgent note of finality - the withered fig tree - Caesar's coin... Tuesda...

Preparation for Confession

Here is a great resource as you prepare for confession and absolution.  A similar form of this also is found in the Pastoral Care Companion or the Pastoral Care Companion app for iOS or Android: Preparation for Confession

ADVENT: AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE! by Rev. Bart Day

This history of Advent was written by Rev. Bart Day: ADVENT: AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE! The germ of Advent seems to lie in a period of fasting and daily church attendance prescribed for those preparing for baptism on Epiphany [Jan 6]. As the influence of the Eastern Church grew stronger in Spain and Gaul in the 4th-century a three-week period of preparation began on Dec 1...

Where is all the Christmas Music?

A few weeks ago my family went up to the Mall of America. Well, actually I had a meeting up in the Twin Cities, but we turned the meeting into a little weekend getaway. At the Mall, the enormous Christmas trees were being set up and decorated, and already in early November, the Christmas music was playing. Maybe you have heard "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" or "Boogie Woo...