Salt, not honey

Well, a man can't live on jam, and neither can a Christian society. Our Heavenly Father said mankind was the salt of the earth, son, not the honey. And our poor world's rather like old man Job, stretched out in all his filth, covered with ulcers and sores. Salt stings on an open wound, but…

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Jesus’ silence

Sermon preached at Our Saviour Lutheran Church on Reminiscere Sunday Genesis 32:22–32 Matthew 15:21–28 24 February 2012 A recording of the sermon is posted here. In the name of ✠ Jesus. Why, O LORD, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? I say to God, my rock: “Why…

God really has said!

Homily read at Our Saviour Lutheran Church on Invocavit Sunday, 17 February 2013. Text: Genesis 3:1–21, Matthew 4:1–11 In the name of + Jesus. Amen. When the preacher declared in the book of Ecclesiasticus that there is nothing new under the sun, he was not joking. The history of the world was told pretty much in…

The Right Response to a Great Tragedy

There's a good post over on Steadfast Lutherans by Pr. Nathan Higgins on how to respond to a national tragedy. The substance of the post is summarised in the opening sentence: Perhaps the best way to respond to a national tragedy – or any kind of tragedy, is with mourning, repentance, and faith. In case…

Mr. Suzuki’s Bach Passion

Here is a BBC radio documentary about the extraordinary story of Masaaki Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan whose Bach recordings have blown away Bach performance—and opened unexpected doors for the Gospel in Japan. These are the recordings we feature on Lutheran Radio UK's Sunday Cantata. Listening to this, you will know why. Click here…

On liturgical orientation

This post is a development of a couple of Twitter posts as part of this fruitful exchange, initiated by John H. Full disclaimer: I currently celebrate the Sacrament versus populum For most of the Divine Service, there are two ways liturgists can face. Ad orientem means 'towards the east', and refers to the liturgist facing…