By William W. Schumacher The two alternatives for this pericope suggest rather different directions for a sermon, with the briefer reading perhaps lending itself to a clearer focus on the gospel and the longer risking a distraction by vivid depictions of sins. The shorter version (vv. 12–17) is preferred, in which Paul offers himself as ..
ICYMI: 2022 Multiethnic Symposium VideosOn May 3-4, 2022, we held our Multiethnic Symposium on campus, in partnership with Concordia University, St. Paul. The theme of the symposium was “Rise and Enter the City“: “But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do” (Acts 9:6 ESV). With these words, Jesus calls Saul of ..
Rev. Rossow’s Reflections on “the Spirit of Truth”In the fifteenth chapter of his gospel St. John quotes Jesus as saying, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me” (v. 26). Soon afterwards, in the sixteenth chapter of the same gospel, ..
A Proposal for Confirmation SundayMy youngest son will be confirmed this Pentecost Sunday and I had the privilege of being one of his instructors (in addition to the “head of the household” instruction that my wife and I antiphonally carry out). I still have this great picture of him as a little toddler falling asleep with the catechism in ..