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2016 Year in Review on Esgetology

Posted on January 3rd, 2017

Looking back over 2016, these posts rose to the top in views, links, and feedback (posts from previous years are noted in parentheses): Sermo Dei: The Resurrection of Our Lord 2016 Harmony in the Church Our Lord’s Gifts Are Not Garbage (2013) Luther on Suicide (2014) Holy Cross 2014 (2014) Sermo Dei: Ash Wednesday Matins (2013) A tale of two churches (2012) Sermo Dei: Reformation 2016 Little Apples for Simpletons LCMS Convention Sermon: “Saints and Faithful Brothers”

Top 14 of 2014

Posted on December 31st, 2014

Here are the top posts on Esgetology published in 2014: Lutherans for Life Statement on Thrivent Sermon before the March for Life Roots and Orthodoxy Baccalaureate Vespers 2014 Holy Cross 2014 Adapting the Local Lifestyle Is There a Patristic Consensus? Denying the Real Presence Denies the Gospel Luther on Suicide Sermo Dei: Ordination of Eric Phillips Heaven is not for real It seems almost a miracle Vocation and Virtue Sermo Dei: Trinity 22, 2014 The news about Thrivent’s complete institutional capitulation to the culture’s obsession with erotic liberty mirrors the larger cultural issues of the erosion of marriage and the general decline of Christian influence in America. Along with sermons (4, 5, 10, 14)—hardly a surprise for a pastor’s blog—the things that drew the…

The human genome and the mind of God

Posted on September 9th, 2014

An intriguing argument from Oxford mathematician John C. Lennox on the existence of information pointing to a source of creation outside of our material universe: Above and beyond that, there is the major scientific discovery— one of the greatest of all time — that in each of the ten trillion cells of our body we humans possess a “word” of mind-boggling length, the human genome. This “word” is 3– 5 billion “letters” long, written in the four chemical “letters” C, G, A, T. (Seven Days That Divide the World: The Beginning According to Genesis and Science, p100). That word encoded within each human being is information. Information is recorded and communicated via matter – but the information itself is non-material. “The nonmateriality of information points…

Top Posts on Esgetology, January—June 2014

Posted on July 2nd, 2014

Here are the top new posts on Esgetology for the first half of 2014. (This does not include popular posts published before January 1, 2014.) Lutherans for Life statement on Thrivent Sermon before the March for Life Roots and Orthodoxy Baccalaureate Vespers 2014 Is there a Patristic Consensus? Denying the Real Presence denies the Gospel It seems almost a miracle Sermo Dei: Ordination of Eric Phillips Heaven is not for real Sermo Dei: Transfiguration 2014

New Commenting System

Posted on May 17th, 2014

I’ve added the Disqus commenting system to Esgetology. I tried to import past comments from WordPress, but they are not appearing in Disqus. So (for now at least) we are starting fresh. Play nice!

Top 13 of 2013

Posted on December 31st, 2013

Below are the most popular posts from 2013 on Esgetology. It’s an interesting mix of theology, current events, and sermons. 1. Our Lord’s Gifts Are Not Garbage Excerpt: Wherever our Lord’s Supper is celebrated, Pastor, Altar Guild, and all the people should strive to treat the Communion vessels and their holy Contents with great care. At Immanuel, after all have communed, pastor and assistants eat or drink what remains, and cleanse the vessels with water. After the Divine Service, the Altar Guild lovingly washes the vessels, and pours the water used to cleanse the individual cups on the ground (not in the sewer). Our Lord’s Gifts are not garbage. Every crumb is more precious than gold, every drop more valuable than all the world’s…

And a little child shall lead them

Posted on April 11th, 2013

Remember this? It finally happened. After more than a year of this little boy earnestly desiring Baptism, he got his wish and was baptized this past Sunday. I am filled with joy at each and every baptism. This one, however, was among the most meaningful.

Letter from Pastor McClean to Immanuel

Posted on March 22nd, 2013

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: This past Saturday I accepted the call to be pastor of the Church of Our Saviour in Baltimore. I will be installed as pastor on Sunday, May 5th, being Rogate, the Fifth Sunday after Easter. My last Sunday at Immanuel will be April 28th. Be sure of my continued prayers for you. I ask your prayers for me as I begin this new work and for the congregation I will serve. I hope that many of you will be able to come to my installation since this would be encouragement to the people of the Church of Our Saviour and also strengthen the bond of fellowship between the two congregations. I cannot fully express in words how grateful…

Call Received

Posted on March 3rd, 2013

Dear Members and Friends of Immanuel, Pastor Charles McClean has received a Call to serve as pastor of Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Baltimore, MD. Just three blocks from his boyhood home, Pr McClean has long had a heart for this congregation, which has been without a pastor for some time. Please pray for our Lord’s guidance and direction for Pr McClean. Should he decline the Call, we will rejoice at retaining this faithful shepherd in our midst, and should he accept the Call, we will rejoice for Our Saviour church, and endeavor to support him in his transition. Your unworthy undershepherd, Pastor Esget

Top posts for January

Posted on February 1st, 2013

Here are the top five posts published in January on Esgetology: [Sermo Dei] LCMS Life Conference: We Must Help the Weak (St. Titus, Acts 20:35) Ordain a Lady, LSB edition Information for Lutherans attending the 2013 March for Life in Washington, D.C. Abortion: Not a Partisan Issue Petitions for the President’s Inauguration and Sanctity of Human Life Sunday