Ebola

This is an article by Pr. Burnell Eckardt, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Kewanee, Illinois. Looking back on how his congregation dealt with the flu epidemic of 1918, he reflects on the reality of the Ebola virus having made its way on to our shores. Although everything he writes does not apply to our congregation, he stills gives a thoughtful,… [more]

Ebola Ebola

Isaiah, chapter 45: God Hides Himself

150 years before his birth, the prophet Isaiah foretold of him, told us his name, and the tasks that God had chosen for him to do. His name was Cyrus. Cyrus was the only Gentile whom God spoke of as “His anointed.” Using a Hebraic expression, “the right hand,” God said that He had grasped Cyrus’ right hand, that is, gave him power. Why? God… [more]

Isaiah, chapter 45: God Hides Himself Isaiah, chapter 45: God Hides Himself

The Relation between the Tree of Life and the Sacraments

The Two Trees Note: In this lesson, the translations from Genesis are your pastor’s. He has done this, hoping you can you get a better “feel” of the poetic language in the Hebrew text.  Genesis 2:9: And YHWH, God, made sprout from the soil every tree that was pleasing to the eye and good for food: The Tree of Life in the middle of the garden… [more]

The Relation between the Tree of Life and the Sacraments The Relation between the Tree of Life and the Sacraments

Acts: Lesson 17: Paul’s Second Missionary Journey (with Silas, Timothy, and Luke)

After James, the Bishop of Jerusalem, presided over the Church’s first council, Paul decided to visit the congregations in Asia Minor to “see how they are.” But after having a disagreement with Barnabas about John Mark (who would later be the writer of the Gospel of Mark), Paul and Barnabas choose not to travel together. Paul later chooses to… [more]

Acts: Lesson 17: Paul’s Second Missionary Journey (with Silas, Timothy, and Luke) Acts: Lesson 17: Paul’s Second Missionary Journey (with Silas, Timothy, and Luke)

Infant Communion and the CTCR’s Response

This is a theological paper that our pastor originally presented at his circuit winkel in November 2011.  It looks at infant communion from the Scriptures and also from within the history of the Church.  To open or save the Word document, click on the link below. Infant and Early Communion, with Appendix On September 13, 2014, the Lutheran… [more]

Infant Communion and the CTCR’s Response Infant Communion and the CTCR's Response