Zion Tract Series: “On Fasting”

The following text of the tract “On Fasting” is reproduced here with the permission of Fr. Mark P. Braden, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, Detroit, MI. FASTING IS AN act of bodily discipline. Regarding preparation for receiving Holy Communion, our Catechism says “Fasting… Continue Reading

Martin Luther on the Proper Good of Fasting— yes, you read that right.

Ewald Plass’s What Luther Says anthology has been described to me by heavyweight Luther scholars as a sort of “bronze-age” resource. Infer from that what you will. Maybe your opinion is the same, maybe you don’t have an opinion on the matter.… Continue Reading

A sermon that explains why we’re lenting Lent

If you came this way, Taking any route, starting from anywhere, At any time or at any season, It would always be the same: you would have to put off Sense and notion. You are not here to verify, Instruct… Continue Reading

Dear Robert: Super Bowl commercials, NARAL, Doritos, and why you need to read Neil Postman

  Dear Robert, Re: the withered sentiment expressed by NARAL: “A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, ‘You are mad; you are not like… Continue Reading

Lent & Voluntary Mortifications: Two Views

Originally titled “Ash Wednesday: Two Views.” Related reading: “Subtle Ash Wednesday legalism”     As another Lent gets underway, I’d like to have a look at two different Lutheran perspectives on the significance of Ash Wednesday and Lent in general.… Continue Reading