Teaching the Truth in our Hymns

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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?

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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

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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 …


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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 …

Update to Luther’s Small Catechism in Tinycards!

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ast year, Concordia Publishing House released Luther’s Small Catechism flash cards in the digital learning system Tinycards by Duolingo. The app has great features to help you learn the text of the Small Catechism by heart. The only downside was that Tinycards was only available if you had an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. But that has now changed. Tinycards has …


Talk with Your Kids

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confess that I have focused a lot of my attention in this blog on teaching the faith to little guys and girls of preschool age. I guess that happens when your own children are 4 and younger. So, today, I want to intentionally focus on teens, delving into my memories of being a teenager and from my experience as a …