Posts from September 2020

Posts from September 2020

SERVANTS OF CHRIST

“Did you hear the one about the minister, the priest and the rabbi…?”   Chances are, so have most pastors.  Preacher jokes are as plentiful as lawyer jokes.  That’s OK.  Some of them are truly funny. Pastors need to take the word of God seriously, but not so much themselves. What preachers see from their side of the pulpit can be comical too.  Ask people to picture the perfect pastor and they might tell you he’s 30 years old and…

ETERNAL LONGINGS

One writer asked, “Where do words like ‘immortal’ come from?”   There are similar questions.  Why is it murder to kill a man and not a cow or a cat?  Why would we not throw out the lifeless body of a loved one with the Monday morning trash?   Instinctively, even the ancient heathen civilizations based their beliefs on something better and beyond the broken existence we now have.  The pyramids still stand as evidence of man’s quest for some sort of…

“WHODUNIT?”

It’s terrible English grammar, of course, but a good crime novel or movie is often called a “Whodunit.”  We even spoof those corny old movie scenes where the detective assembles everyone in the parlor or the library of the mansion after a murder and announces:  “The murderer is someone in this room!”    And as the background music plays a few tense notes – all of them –  from the maid to the butler, from the millionaire playboy to the…

PLEASANT PLACES

You may recall that at the end of The Small Catechism, Martin Luther tacked on what he called “The Table of Duties.”    For husbands and wives, parents and children, pastors and parishioners, labor and management he set down the Bible passages that apply to each, concluding:    “Let each his lesson learn with care and all the household well shall fare.” Escaping from a church that exalted holy orders and man-made works, Luther emphasized the sacredness of each Christian’s…