Catechizing without Words

Joe Willmann Teaching the Faith at Home Leave a Comment

here is something that I have come to realize in my short time on this planet in the vocation of both husband and father. I was reminded of it on Memorial Day as my wife and I attended the wedding of a dear friend. During our pastor’s homily, he took us straight to Ephesians 5, where Paul lays out the …


Trust in the Word

Joe Willmann Teaching the Faith at Home 1 Comment

he birth of your first child is a life-changing experience. I’m not trying to downplay the importance of the birth of the rest of your children, but there is some major transformation that happens in a microsecond when your first child enters the world. It’s that moment that the doctor hands you your child to hold for the first time. …


Teaching the Truth in our Hymns

Joe Willmann Teaching the Faith at Home 22 Comments

or a minute, let me engage in a little thought experiment with you. Complete the following phrases from some popular songs from yesteryear: Don’t go chasing __________________. I heard it through the __________________. Bye, bye Miss _____________________. And I would walk __________________, and I would walk ____________________. I’ll give you a moment . . . Are you done yet? Now …


An Easter without a Crucifixion?

Joe Willmann Teaching the Faith at Home Leave a Comment

hat a joy Holy Week was as we broke the fast from alleluias. The resurrection was proclaimed in churches all across the world: He is risen! He is risen indeed, alleluia! As we traveled from Palm Sunday to Maundy Thursday to Good Friday to the Great Vigil and finally to the great feast, The Resurrection of Our Lord, we were …


The Beauty of the Sung Word

Joe Willmann Teaching the Faith at Home 2 Comments

hen it comes to spending time in God’s Word with your family, there are few things more joyful than joining each other in song, especially in the historic hymns of the faith. These songs and canticles allow us to focus on the truths that Scripture proclaims. They also do an amazing job of teaching our children. I don’t know what …


Joe Willmann Teaching the Faith at Home Leave a Comment

am currently reading a book by Dr. Anthony Esolen titled Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture. In reading the first chapter, “Giving Things Their Proper Names: The Restoration of Truth-Telling,” I was brought to a point of self-reflection. To use an analogy, this was almost a second-use-of-the-Law moment. As Lutherans, we would say the Law has three uses, the curb, the …