O Radix Iesse : O Root of Jesse

O Radix Iesse : O Root of Jesse


O Radix Iesse : O Root of Jesse

December 19   READER O Root of Jesse, standing as an ensign before the peoples, before Whom all kings are mute, to Whom the nations will do homage: Come to deliver us, and delay not.   PREACHER Is there anyone here who feels that she simply has no life left in her? Is there anyone ..

Veni, Veni: The Great O Antiphons

Veni, Veni: The Great O Antiphons


Veni, Veni: The Great O Antiphons

Today in chapel we had a service that prayed, preached, and sung the O Antiphons of Advent.  Traditionally, the O Antiphons were sung consecutively beginning on December 17 and ending on December 23.  For our students, we experienced them all at once, but for you our readers, we offer them one at a time (albeit ..


Advent 3 • 1 Thessalonians 5:16–24 • December 14, 2014


Advent 3 • 1 Thessalonians 5:16–24 • December 14, 2014

By Jeff Gibbs It would be tempting to regard this text, a series of short imperative clauses, as a random series of “inspired one-liners” that exhort the Thessalonian believers (and us) to general Christian behaviors and attitudes. To be sure, there’s some truth in such a description, for there is no complex argument involved and the hardest structural ..


Advent 1 • 1 Corinthians 1:3–9 • November 30, 2014


Advent 1 • 1 Corinthians 1:3–9 • November 30, 2014

By David A. Johnson The church journeys into Advent, anticipating renewal in the vital proclamation of Jesus’s incarnation—embodied grace in the embryo of a woman’s womb. The church becomes that vessel of incarnate grace where we are saturated in baptismal living waters that have claimed, redeemed, and forgiven us. The Church remains an eternal community gathered around the table of ..

In Memoriam: “Tutor” Glen Zweck

In Memoriam: “Tutor” Glen Zweck


In Memoriam: “Tutor” Glen Zweck

On November 5 of this year, Rev. Glen Zweck, longtime tutor at Westfield House in Cambridge, fell asleep in Christ Jesus. Tutor Zweck was a beloved teacher at the ELCE (Evangelical Lutheran Church of England) theological studies house from 1978 to 2007. Through his long tenure he left an indelible mark on the many Lutheran seminarians and students ..