advent: not for the satisfied

Those who are satisfied have nothing for which they must wait. Their needs are met. They lack nothing. They are fulfilled. Advent has no place for the satisfied, because Advent is all about waiting. Should we find ourselves satisfied with the status quo of our faith and the world, it…

waking up to God

No matter where you live in the northern hemisphere, the routine of Autumn has set in, the weather is growing colder, and the days are growing shorter. The cycle of school is firmly in place. The hectic pace of our vocations in the midst of holidays makes causes many to…

advent: the art of waiting

Advent is a season of expectant waiting. We are masters of anticipation--just look at the weeks of hype about 'Black Friday'--but we are complete failures at waiting. In a society where everything happens immediately, we have regrettably forgotten how to wait. Celebrating Advent means being able to wait. Waiting is…

prayer for the First Sunday in Advent (BoCP)

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he…

prayer for the First Sunday in Advent (LSB)

Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come, that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. Prayer for the…

where did the gospel go?

  A quick glance at church websites in my area that preach topical sermon series yields a breadth of fascinating topics: life lessons from Jonah evangelism character study of Obadiah lessons on love from Ruth the power we get through conversion studies on family God's teaching on sex lessons on…

asking why in the midst of tragedy

Tragedies are all around us. It doesn't take more than a quick glance at the news to recognize the reality of devastation and its inevitability in our own lives. In times of tragedy, one of the first words that often finds itself on our lips is, "Why?" In the moment…

a prayer for correction and guidance

We beseech Thee, O Lord, mercifully to correct our wanderings, and by the guiding radiance of Thy compassion to bring us to the salutary vision of Thy truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The Gothic Missal photo credit: Creative Commons | Tom Haymes via Compfight…

a blessing

In times of trouble, may the LORD answer your cry. May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm. May he send you help from his sanctuary and strengthen you from Jerusalem. May he remember all your gifts and look favorably on your burnt offerings…

'impossible' grace

"Impossible." All too often that is our human response to the notion that God conveys grace through means like the sacraments. Perhaps, in America, we are too steeped in a Christianity influenced heavily by a Zwinglian flavor of Reformed thought or an overly-sensationalized, Pentecostal television ministries. Perhaps, in 2013, we…