The War on Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, there have been uproars in Christian circles about “the war on Christmas.” On the one hand, some perceive a war on Christmas as being society’s intolerance of saying “Merry Christmas.” Society demands that we say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” since the latter can be offensive to those…

Allhallowmas: Saints, Feasts, and Holidays

With Halloween now behind us, I thought it good to give a history and etymology of this vastly celebrated day and the greater holiday season that surrounds it. So, where does Halloween come from? The answer to that is found in the day that comes after the celebrated day: All Saints’ Day. This day was…

Remember, Remember, The Gift of Your Baptism

Today is November 5th, and you know what that means! Countless social media references to the famous V for Vendetta line, “Remember, remember, the fifth of November.” Why remember the fifth of November? In 17th century England, a man named Guy Fawkes devised a plot to blow up London’s Houses of Parliament on November 5, 1605, which…

The Gospel: Trick or Treat?

The day is finally here! Today marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation! Unfortunately, Reformation Day also falls on the same day as Halloween, so it gets overshadowed every year. Whilst we Lutherans remember the heart of the Reformation on this day as being justification by faith, kids are running around in their costumes, knocking…

Luther’s Search for Certainty

Today is Reformation Sunday where we observe Reformation Day on October 31st. Leading up to Reformation Day, there has been many gatherings—conventions, symposiums, etc.—focusing on Reformation themes with all sorts of German beer, bratwursts, and other good German food varieties. This Reformation Sunday probably follows more German beer and food! For the past year there has been…

Greater Love

John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” It’s hard being on the receiving end of a great love. Someone lets you be the first in line instead of themselves, someone lets you walk through the door first, someone lets you have the last piece of…

Maundy Thursday (2017)

What in the world does “maundy” mean? The word comes from the Latin word mandatum, which means “order” or “command.” During this day of Holy Week, we observe Maundy Thursday because of Jesus’ command, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one…