Liturgical Angelology

Angels are always a popular topic. They mystify, engage, and transform our perspectives on theology. When we think about angels the first thoughts that come to mind are heavenly creatures or an earthly guardian angel. This isn’t bad, but it’s limited. The study of angels, or angelology, has a place in theological scholarship and today you’ll find they also … More Liturgical Angelology

Life without End

[Part 4 of 4] How does worship change your life?–John 3:22-36 I have heard it said, and I believe it is something I too have mentioned, that the high point in the Divine Service is the Lord’s Supper. This is not an accurate statement. Thus far we have discussed Baptism, the Word, and the Lord’s Supper. Which … More Life without End

Filled with the Light of Christ’s Body and Blood

[Part 3 of 4] How does worship change your life?–John 3:16-21 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.–John 3:19 When I was younger my mom would ask me, “How much do you love me?” And my reply … More Filled with the Light of Christ’s Body and Blood

Lifted Up in the Eternal Life of God’s Word

[Part 2 of 4] How Does Worship Change Your Life?–John 3:9-15 Christians largely agree that God’s Word is important. More than this, a faithful Christian will confess that God’s Word is inerrant. Part of the dilemma we face as Christians is the culture’s overwhelming denial of God’s Word, and I believe a sliver of this … More Lifted Up in the Eternal Life of God’s Word

Born Again in the Confession of Christ and His Forgiveness

[Part 1 of 4] How does worship change your life? —John 3:1-8 Be sure to read the series introduction! Jesus begins with Nicodemus, saying one must be born again in order to see the kingdom of God (cf. John 3:3). The Divine Service, in the Lutheran Service Book, begins with the rubric and exhortation to make the sign of … More Born Again in the Confession of Christ and His Forgiveness

Divine Service: Sacramental Catechesis

Lutheran Service Book, Divine Service III: Service of the Sacrament Beginning with the Preface (2 Tim. 4:22), the greeting “The Lord be with you” is perhaps an abrupt start to an already happening Divine Service (LSB 194). This welcoming, which is ironically St. Paul’s closing remark in his second letter to Timothy, conveys the initiation of something different which is about to take … More Divine Service: Sacramental Catechesis