"And another angel came, and stood before the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given to him much incense, that he should offer of the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar, which is before the throne of God. And the smoke of the incense of the prayers of the saints ascended up before God from the hand of the angel."
Monday, September 29, 2014
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Since we are saved by God's grace through faith in Christ, we hold on to the sacraments, altars, liturgy, vestments, etc. What may appear as traditions of men to some are simply means through which we are gathered together in Christ and nourished in His Word and Sacraments.
We are conditioned by society to consider that that which is handed over to the Apostles and to us are man's traditions. We blind ourselves to put trust in "innovations" that do not seek to uphold the things of God but which say instead "Hey, look at us!" Are not these attacks on the church and the liturgy and this turning of worship into something pleasing to us, really the ideas and traditions of men? Liturgical renewal is needed now more than ever.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
Friday, June 06, 2014
The purity of God can be misplaced or absorbed into the cultural and political views of His people, on both the right and the left. Altar, font and pulpit are diminished in favor of public activity and, ironically, it somehow then seems unethical for the church to be involved in ministry.
Although there have been hints in "false divides" (as opposed to keeping the whole) suggested in theological discussions online in recent years, I confess that I am blindsided by this new purity. Something is indeed doing its work, narrowing down the chosen to but a few, dividing congregations and even Christian families, destroying pastors and scattering the sheep. Where is this "purity" coming from? This legalism apart from forgiveness, life and salvation? This departure from the Body and Blood of Christ?
In the liturgy we pray regularly for the whole church on earth and for the enemies of the church. Come Holy Spirit!
Sunday, June 01, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014
In my own particular church context, I find that one may theoretically offend everyone with liberal views. Let me explain with two examples:
First, I liberally hold to the belief that the Sacrament on the altar, or Eucharist, is the Body and Blood of Christ. The catechism of my church says the same thing in so many words. While this is the traditional view of the Eucharist, many Christians who call themselves "conservative" reject this view. Hence I call this a "liberal view."
Second, I liberally hold to the view that the Church has the freedom and right to hold to and teach distinct views on matters such as pro-life, marriage between a man and a woman, etc. When and where secularism, or culturally based Christianity, seek to impose other beliefs on the Church this imposes on religious freedom. Here I liberally depart from traditional "liberal" or "progressive" correctness.
Theoretically, or maybe realistically, one may bring offense to everyone. It's OK.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Feb. 24 - St. Matthias, Apostle.
Nota litúrgica: También, entre los hispanos luteranos, el uso de los himnarios es parte de la renovación litúrgica, una señal que la congregación toma como algo serio la pregunta de la misa.