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jesusbaptism-7614581We have five Sundays in January for this Year of our Lord 2017, and after Epiphany (always January 6th) we observe the annual commemoration called Baptism of Our Lord Sunday that falls this year on Sunday January 8th.  Although Jesus did not need baptism, because he was and is without sin, he nevertheless received baptism in order to properly fulfill all possible requirements of righteousness and religious faith.  And as I contemplate the baptism of Jesus, I am led by the Spirit to contemplate the sacredness of water and our own baptismal covenant in, with and through Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. (more…)

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sad-13552We should not feel bad about feeling bad. Within our society that idealizes feeling “happy, happy, happy” all the time, we can sometimes be shamed into feeling bad about feeling bad.  However, this is not right, because it is an unrealistic societal pressure placed upon us that only makes us feel worse. (more…)

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1One of the best spiritual internet memes I’ve seen for Ash Wednesday and Lent says the following: “We are all equal. We came here by birth and will leave in death.”

The Church Season of Lent starts on Ash Wednesday when we hear again the words “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” And the day we call Ash Wednesday is an annual reminder of our mortality in order to encourage us to turn toward God in penitential reflection and prayerful dedication.   In addition, this special day begins our annual Lenten journey of spiritual devotion in preparation for the coming of Holy Week and Easter Sunday, totaling forty days and six Sundays of Lent (46 days from Ash Wednesday).  And of course, the seventh Sunday following Ash Wednesday is Easter Sunday, the Sunday celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. (more…)

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cosmosI have recently been watching the new Cosmos miniseries on National Geographic Channel, which follows the format of the original Cosmos miniseries by Carl Sagan in 1980. Following the basic outline of the 1980 series, this new one presents the TV audience with the latest scientific discoveries that have been made since 1980, and it presents this information much more vividly in high definition. Be that as it may, I have to say that I still like the original Carl Sagan miniseries much more than the new one, because I think it had a more elevated and inspirational quality. (more…)

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This September 15th is National Back to Church Sunday, and this annual special Sunday gives us an occasion to focus on “evangelization” as an essential Christian practice. (more…)

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On Reformation Sunday in October we will again commemorate the Protestant Reformation of the Sixteenth Century that brought renewal to the Medieval Church.  And the essential principles for the Protestant Reformation, especially for us Lutherans, are (more…)

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On our summer vacation last month, my family and I visited Door County, WI. It’s a large and beautiful peninsula jutting out into the great inland sea called Lake Michigan (our world’s 4th largest lake by volume and 5th largest by surface area). And I learned that the name “Door” for Door County comes from the name “Death’s Door,” and it refers to the treacherous currents and sudden rough seas that are common in the large channel of water connecting the great Green Bay with the rest of Lake Michigan. In fact, there are lots of old shipwrecks (more…)

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