How to vary the liturgy

Why should the same musical setting be used on Advent Sunday, on Christmas Day, on Good Friday, on Easter Sunday, and on a Day of Humiliation and Prayer, when in each case the spirit and character of the day varies so greatly. Thoughtful Christians thus realize that it is not the text but rather the…

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Coming Soon: Sunday Cantata

As you ought to know by now, Lutheran Radio UK, the ELCE's round-the-clock English-language Lutheran radio station, has been running for quite a few months. If you haven't, have a listen on the website, through an internet radio, or on your portable device (e.g. via TuneIn Radio). Starting this coming Sunday, I will be presenting…

The world just changed — did you notice?

Not very long ago, the Book of Concord was published in Swahili. This is one of the most significant positive developments in the recent church history. Bet you didn't know about it! Read about it here (make sure you watch the slideshow at the bottom of the page: watch the clergy and laity queue up…

The people in the preacher’s study

Wise words on preaching from Pr. Christopher Esget: When I have writer’s block in preparing a sermon, I try to think about explaining the text to particular members of my congregation, mentally bringing before me a child in our school, a young mother, an elderly person approaching death. I shouldn’t wait until I have writer’s…

Non, je ne regrette

[Health warning: the first part is mildly technical and a little dry, but 'contemporary application' follows further down!] In today's NT reading in the Lutheran Service Book Daily Lectionary (Matt. 27:1–10), the ESV tells us that Judas, seeing that Jesus was condemned to death, "changed his mind" and attempted to return the 30 pieces of…