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Combating the Postmodern World

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The buzzword of all buzzwords: postmodern. A word that has grown in use over the last thirty-five years. For those of us who hold to a Lutheran worldview, the essence of the word postmodern explains a lot of where our society has come in the past twenty years. At the essence of postmodernism is this idea: there is no such thing as ultimate truth. …

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Learning from the Liturgy

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When we think about teaching our children about our Lord and what He has done for us, we probably don’t think of grabbing the nearest copy of Lutheran Service Book (LSB) to teach from. Depending on our kids’ ages, we might grab The Story Bible, Faith Alive Bible, The Lutheran Study Bible, My First Catechism, Luther’s Small Catechism, or any of the …

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Teaching with the Hymnal

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Last Sunday was Father’s Day. It’s a day many of us get to celebrate with our families. I was fortunate enough to spend it with my family, my parents, and my brother and his family. During the Divine Service on Sunday, my brother’s pastor spent a small portion of time talking about the importance fathers have in the faith life …

Confession for Preschoolers

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“I, a poor, miserable sinner . . .” “We are by nature sinful and unclean . . .” What odd words to a preschooler. Without explanation, they could be highly confusing. I imagine my daughter has had these thoughts: I’m not miserable. I’m pretty happy! What is sinful? I took a bath last night. I’m not dirty. How can we …

The Lord’s Prayer for Preschoolers

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“Our Father, who art in Heaven . . .” That little sweet voice. I can remember it like it was yesterday, the first time my daughter prayed the Lord’s Prayer with me. I’m sure most of you remember the first time your child prayed the Lord’s Prayer with you as well. You never forget the sound of the little voice …

The Creed for Preschoolers

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The full text of the Apostles’ Creed has been found almost completely intact all the way back to the third century. So for well more than a thousand years it has been used to explain the basic tenets of Christianity. But is it something we should teach to our children? Can they even handle it? Fathers, do not exasperate your …