Category Archives: Saints of the church

St. Anthony preaches to the fishes

My father told me the story. It happend in Pella near Wartburg. Long time before I went to school there. Pastor Karl Meister was a grumpy old man, just as short as his temper. Never really got to grips with … Continue reading

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God´s mercy – the origin of our ministry

In the late 1980´s my father-in-law installed P. Werner Köhne in Wittenberg. At that stage it was not foreseeable that I would be the successor to be installed in 1992. That´s thirty years ago this year. My father-in-law based his … Continue reading

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Wenn Steine reden könnten…

Liebe Wittenberger Festgäste am heutigen 100-jährigen Kirchweihjubiläum (16. Dezember 2021) Euer Pastor Helmut Paul hat mir „etwas über Steine“ aufgegeben. Darum das Thema: „Wenn Steine reden könnten…” Wenn sie es könnten, hätten sie uns viel zu sagen – gerade hier … Continue reading

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Review of some essays on Sasse

This volume is a fine tribute to Hermann Otto Sasse, born in Sonnenwalde on 17th July 1895. A colorful addition complementing the series “Oberurseler Hefte”, masterfully edited by prolific Werner Klän:  bilingual, international, scholarly, sometimes with literary flair and whiffs … Continue reading

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Missiological formation in seminary education in South Africa

St. Paul was probably the missionary par excellence. Winfred Boniface did quite a magnificent job of missionizing the Germans. Hudson Taylor in China could be quite relevant as a missionary to the Far East too. However all three did not … Continue reading

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We pray, that Christ dwells in your hearts through faith

Now, this is what the Lord says,the one who created you,and formed you:“Don’t be afraid, for I will protect you.I call you by name, you are mine.” Isaiah 43: 1 (Watchword for the 6th Sunday after Trinity) We pray: Almighty God, beloved … Continue reading

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When the Word is lost, God is lost

Dr. Martin Luther continues his commentary on Deuteronomy with this summary of chapter 13 – and it´s good reading in this translation by Richard R. Caemmerer in Luther´s Works Volume 9, pages 129-131: To confirm what he said at the end … Continue reading

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Governed by the Word…

Dr. Martin Luther continues his commentary on Deuteronomy with this summary of chapter 12 – and it´s good reading in this translation by Richard R. Caemmerer in Luther´s Works Volume 9, pages 123-126: The spiritual explanation of the First Commandment has … Continue reading

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Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens.

Our good God is greatest of all and for all: Again, after the manner of a good lawgiver, Moses impresses and repeats the greatness and goodness of the God who commands. “Behold,” he says, “there are various heavens and various … Continue reading

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Spiritual pride demolished in 3 steps

In this chapter Moses selects another occasion for transgressing the First Commandment, an occasion called spiritual pride because it boasts of its righteousness and merits. This is trust in one’s own works, and no plague and opponent of faith or trust in … Continue reading

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