Reminiscere: The Second Sunday in Lent

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Scripture ReadingsIntroit: Ps. 91:1–2, 9–10, 13; antiphon 15-16Psalm of the Day: Ps. 32; antiphon v. 7Old Testament Lesson: Genesis 32:22–32Gradual: Ps. 91:11–12Epistle Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 4:1–7Verse: Ps. 91:1, 4a, 15a, 16Gospel Lesson: Matthew 15:21–28Lectionary . . . . Continue Reading »

Unremarkable Matthias

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A sermon by my colleague, Rev. Dr. Benjamin Mayes, on this day of St. Matthias, Apostle and Martyr.Unremarkable MatthiasIn the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Dearly Beloved:Matthias is unremarkable. We have his feast on our Evangelical-Lutheran church year calendar simply . . . . Continue Reading »

Is EVANGEL a Mixed Religion Blog?

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I was checking one of the trackbacks to this blog site from a web site called “Thoughts of Francis Turretin” which describes Evangel as a “mixed religion blog.” Really? Mixed religions? Is this how you would understand this blog site, to be a mixing of religions? Is one of . . . . Continue Reading »

Ash Wednesday

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Joel 2:12–192 Peter 1:2–11Matthew 6:1–6, 16–21Return to the Lord Your God with All Your HeartWith Jesus, we set our face toward Jerusalem. We make our pilgrimage with Him by the way of repentance, and thus return to the dying and rising of Holy Baptism. Each day He summons you to . . . . Continue Reading »