Posts tagged “Nunc Dimittis

New Book—The Gates of Hell: Confessing Christ in a Hostile World

Posted on February 2nd, 2018

The Praesidium of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (Synod President and Vice-Presidents) collaborated on a book centered around Christ’s promise to His Church that the gates of hell would not prevail against her. The Gates of Hell: Confessing Christ in a Hostile World contains the sermons and essays of the Praesidium from the 2016 LCMS Convention, plus new chapters on the religion of sex (Scott Murray), Luther and the two kingdoms (Matthew Harrison), the status of the church in western society (John Wohlrabe), defying the devil in international mission work (Daniel Preus), the table of the Lord (Christopher Esget), the urgency of preaching (Nabil Nour), and defending against the gates of hell (Herbert Mueller). As general editor Scott Murray observes in the introduction, our outlook as the…

Sermo Dei: Christmas I (observed)

Posted on January 4th, 2015

With every Bible passage, we have to ask two questions: First, what does it mean? And Second, how does it apply to me? For the first question, What does it mean?, we use grammar, history, and context. But the second question, How does this apply to me?, recognizes that these words are also the Word of God to us and for us. The Apostles tell us that they write these things not only as histories, but to admonish us (1 Cor. 10.11), to instruct us (2 Tim. 3.16). The Law of the Lord changes our soul, gives us wisdom, joy, and enlightenment (Ps. 19.7f), and the testimony of Jesus gives us life (Jn. 20.30f). St. John says that the things they wrote are the…

Sermo Dei: Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Our Lord

Posted on February 6th, 2014

She was overwhelmed with grief and sorrow. Her husband loved her, but still she felt cursed by God. Indeed, she felt that ancient curse spoken over the first woman: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children.” Some women feel the pain in childbearing; others feel the pain of not having this gift. And then there are the children who are no more, who never draw breath, passing away without funeral, the only baby shower being the tears of parents grieving in secret. Why? There is no answer, not for any particular woman. God’s ways are hidden from us. Some women pass all of their days without a little one to cradle, while other women wait…