Posts from September 2016

Posts from September 2016

CHRIST COMES TO THE CITY

Pastor Dan Olson, recently installed at St. Paul’s in Onalaska, has spent a fair number of years serving our Lord in “The Big Apple,” New York City. Been to the city lately?  I mean the big city.  Take, for example, Mexico City.  The metropolitan area of Mexico City covers about 1200 square miles.  Estimated population is over 21 million. A single apartment complex could…

THE EYES OF OUR HEARTS

“When your eyes are good,” says Jesus in this morning’s verses from Luke’s Gospel, “your whole body is also full of light.” One of our Lord’s Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount was:  “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”  We see things not so much with our eyes – but through our eyes and with our heart.  This explains why most little boys think their…

A LOOK BACK

Fifteen years ago today, September 11, 2001, a day which ever since we simply call 9/11, we saw that the oceans could no longer protect us.   The following Sunday, we worshipped as usual.  We recited Psalm 46 and sang the hymn Luther took from it – “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”  At the time, we were on a journey through the life of Joseph in Genesis. The sermon theme…

PRAYER POWER

There’s a story from 1529, a year before the Lutherans would present the Augsburg Confession to Emperor Charles V, spelling out the Biblical teachings of grace alone, faith alone and Scripture alone.   Three Lutheran delegates journeyed to Italy to present their protest to the emperor.  One of the guys named Frauentraut boldly told his majesty that in the end they must…