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My eight-year-old grandson Huxley was baptized last Sunday in a Lutheran church. The Lutheran minister wore a pair of worn Levis, a tee-shirt with a faded graphic of some kind, and a pair of plastic garden clogs. I’m not much of a natty dresser (grey running shoes, black sweatpants that look like regular trousers, and […]

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Lutherans probably beat out even the Anglican communion when it comes to active liturgical worship. While it’s not exactly true that Lutherans are bred from childhood to sing in four-part harmony, the congregation in a Lutheran church is expected to do more than just hunker down in silence. No, silent hunkering is only for those periods of worship where silent hunkering is required – in which case Lutherans are really quite good at it. The rest of the time, though, Lutherans are expected to do stuff. Read together, sing together, pray together. To this day, my lapsed Lutheran family thinks there’s something “papist” about worship services where the congregation can get by without singing.

In a previous post, I described how, even when art strives to imitate nature, it produces something more than just nature, and I used this imitation of nature as an example:

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We pray. Christians pray to the triune G-d. This post is one in a series on Christian prayer, and how we learn to pray from the Lord’s Prayer. Today we come to the “petition” where we ask our Heavenly Father for stuff. We cannot help but be self-centered in wanting stuff, but as we learn […]

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After a three-week delay, I am continuing my series on Christian prayer. Christians pray to G-d, and we learn how to pray from the Bible and from fellow Christians. Sometimes we even borrow from non-Christian sources. Our chief source is generally the Lord’s Prayer, because that is where Jesus taught His Disciples to pray. Here […]

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We are reviewing orthodox Christian teachings on how to pray by examining the Lord’s Prayer. In this week’s lesson we consider what it means to pray for G-d’s Kingdom to come. G-d’s kingdom is everything. He made the universe and everything in it. He made us and we belong to Him. So, why do we […]

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We are reviewing orthodox Christian teachings on how to pray by examining the Lord’s Prayer. Here is the Lord’s Prayer, from Matthew, Chapter 6: 9 Pray then like this: Read More View Post

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This is part two of my series on the teachings of orthodox Christians regarding prayer. We commonly teach about prayer by using the prayer that Jesus taught to His disciples. It is found in the Sermon on the Mount. From Matthew Chapter 6: Read More View Post

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Christians pray. The Bible teaches us to pray, and prayer is discussed in many passages in the Bible. As a continuation of my exploration of the boundaries of Christian orthodoxy, I want to take a look at Christian teachings on prayer. My intent is to find how far we go together in agreement as Christian […]

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This is to summarize my series of posts on the Ten Commandments. The point of this exercise was to begin an exploration of the boundaries of orthodox Christianity. So far we have established that all Christians who consider themselves “orthodox” are in agreement about teachings on the Ten Commandments. That is a lot of agreement. […]

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Here is a new exploration of the bounds of orthodoxy in Christianity. I have been progressing through the Ten Commandments, at the beginning of a program to delineate the boundaries of what can be called “orthodox” among Christians. So far we are mostly in agreement. This week we will look at another Commandment, this time […]

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Today marks the 499th anniversary of the day when Martin Luther posted an invitation to debate on the parish bulletin board. Tradition says that this was the church door, which was a common-enough practice, so we accept the “nailed to the church door” narrative. The common title given to this invitation to debate is the […]

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Here is a new exploration of the bounds of orthodoxy in Christianity. I have been progressing through the Ten Commandments, at the beginning of a program to delineate the boundaries of what can be called “orthodox” among Christians. So far we are mostly in agreement. This week we will look at another Commandment, this time […]

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Christians, this is to continue my exploration of orthodoxy, continuing with teachings derived from the Ten Commandments. From Exodus, chapter 20, we have this Commandment: 15 “You shall not steal. Read More View Post

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Christians, let us continue to explore the boundaries of orthodoxy. Today’s topic is sexual immorality. Exodus 20: 14 “You shall not commit adultery. Read More View Post

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Here again is a post in my series on the Ten Commandments. Let’s look at Exodus 20: 13 Thou shalt not kill. Read More View Post

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It’s time for another lesson from Luther’s Small Catechism. Today we consider the Commandment to honor our parents. Lutherans number this as the Fourth Commandment. Here is the Commandment, from Exodus Chapter 20: 12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving […]

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In three previous posts I wrote about the Ten Commandments. The first Commandments apply to the relationship we all have with G-d. The second table of the Commandments applies to the relationships we have with each other. This is why you see the Ten Commandments illustrated with three Commandments on one tablet and seven Commandments […]

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