Posts tagged “Catechesis

A pastoral approach to those who come to church for the wrong reasons

Posted on December 4th, 2012

Many years ago now, in my first parish, I visited a man in the hospital. He was soon to die, and we were reviewing his earthly life as it drew near the end. “I came to the church for [my wife],” he said to me, “but now I believe it for myself.” Easy it is to speculate regarding the motives of others, and tempting to judge: one person comes simply for his girlfriend, another for a tuition discount (so I suppose). Yet often have I been proved wrong, for these who seemingly come under noble purposes prove themselves false, while others who seem to have an impious motive show themselves to be very faithful. I neither know the true heart of the person, nor…

Catechism joy

Posted on March 12th, 2012

My Catechism class insisted on staying after class this afternoon to sing a hymn. One hymn turned into another and another, and pretty soon they’d stayed 25 minutes after class, gathered with me around the organ, two of them sitting on the bench beside me, happily singing away. I’ve rarely been more filled with joy.

Question for those with copies of Lutheranism 101

Posted on October 19th, 2010

I’m starting an adult instruction class in January. I’ve ordered a copy of the book, but it’s out of print until mid-November. If you’ve had a chance to review this book, would it be a good text for an adult instruction class? I tend to do my own thing, using just Bible/Catechism/Hymnal, but have often wanted a text that would serve as an outline and guide. Post your thoughts in the comments, or shoot me an email.