Posts tagged “Father

Sermo Dei: Trinity 1, 2017

Posted on June 18th, 2017

God built fatherhood into man’s nature. God made man and blessed him for fatherhood. “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it” (Gen. 1.28). Man was made for fatherhood. The man we call Abraham is—as you can see from today’s Old Testament reading (Gen. 15:1-6)—originally named Abram. Abram means “exalted father.” That refers to God, Our Father. Abram, named for the Father, wants to be a father himself. Abram wants a son. But he is old, and his wife is old. Some of you know how difficult it can be to conceive a child. And as the years go by, you feel worthless, and hopeless. That’s where Abram and his wife Sarai are. They didn’t have the many options that confront…

Sermo Dei: Trinity 2014

Posted on June 15th, 2014

Nicodemus came by night. (John 3:1-17) No mere time reference, Nicodemus is walking in the dark. You know the darkness. You’ve felt it, casting a pall over your mind, a shadow over your heart. The darkness burns like acid in your esophagus. In the darkness you lust, in the darkness you lament, in the darkness you plot revenge, in the darkness you seethe with anger and resentment. Besides all this, there is a spiritual darkness that demands of God, “How can these things be?” Creation. Marriage and sexuality. Abortion. These are all areas today where people hear the Word of God and scoff: “How can these things be?” Science—from the Latin word scientia meaning knowledge, understanding—pure science observes the world and finds evidence of…

Clinging like a little child

Posted on January 8th, 2013

Luther on praying to “Our Father”: If, like everyone else on this earth, I feel that I cannot call God “Our Father” with all my heart, when saying this prayer (if we could, we would be saints), all I can do instead is to try my best and, like a little child, cling to Him as if he were my father. If my faith is lacking, there is no use pretending, nor do I want to say no to the Father. And if I cannot play this game as it should be played, then preserve me from playing the exact opposite to this game, because that really would be from the Devil. –Luther Brevier, p19