Christ in the Midst of Chaos

Mary Laesch Teaching the Faith at Home Leave a Comment

No sooner had I taken the last bite of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving evening than the chaos began—the pre-Christmas chaos, that is. Slick Black Friday ads, looking like small magazines, were dropped on our doorstep. The kids swept them up and began devouring them, circling this and underlining that. In the days that followed, Christmas decorations were dragged out, a …

Advent at Home

Joe Willmann Teaching the Faith at Home Leave a Comment

Getting into the practice of daily prayer and the reading of Scripture with your family can be a challenge if you have never done it before. Advent presents you with the perfect opportunity to start building this habit. In the Advent wreath alone, you have the makings of wonder for your child. Why are there four candles (five if you …

The Right Question

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Combine 500 years, a nail, a hammer, and 95 thoughts, and you have the springboard to the recapturing of the Gospel (John 3:16). This promise is for the whole world (John 1:29), that is, that Christ died for sinners (Romans 5:8); this is not your doing (Ephesians 2:8-9), and the faith that is gifted to you declares you righteous (Romans …

A Parent’s View of the New Explanation of Luther’s Small Catechism

Joe Willmann Teaching the Faith at Home 2 Comments

I’m not sure if you have heard, but the 2013 convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod directed the Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) to create an update to Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation, which came out in 1991. I’ve had the joy of getting early access to the text of the new explanation, and I wanted to give you …