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Don´t trust in princes… (Psalm 146,3)

My friend asks me, why I quote my granny: “Don´t trust the Russians!” Well, it´s complicated. Trust grows. So does mistrust. The easy reasons are bad experiences with Russians as neighbors and rulers – during wars and after. You know, … Continue reading

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Guidance in our daily life

(Part 1. Guidance in the Pentateuch: Rereading Moses with Luther) “Inspiration, authority, and guidance – how does God lead today?” There are many opinions concerning this topic both within and outside the Christian church. The lectures on the planned conference … Continue reading

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Guidance in the Pentateuch

0. Introduction to “Re-reading Moses with Luther” Jogging in Kullavik – just south of Göteborg – a local encouraged me to press on during my holidays: “The universal principle will guide You.” Well, I didn´t get lost. Not immediately. Not … Continue reading

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O Lord, listen to me. (6th Lenten Service)

The 6th Lenten Service is coming up. We´re following the propers of the local lectionary. The Introit starts us off with the 6th penitential Psalm: From the deep water I cry out to you, O Lord.O Lord, listen to me.Pay attention … Continue reading

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Friedrich Wichmanns Reise quer durch Natal in 1893

Aus “Unter dem Kreuze” – Kirchliches Volksblad aus Niedersachsen herausgegeben von Pastor Ringmann , Celle 1893. Kopiert aus der Gotischen Druckschrift von Friedel Drewes, Friedrich Wichmann’s  Urenkel. Ein Artikel geschrieben von Friedrich Wichmann über seiner Reise zu der Hochzeit seiner Tochter Marie … Continue reading

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Bible study on John 12,20-24

For this coming Sunday Laetare (Rejoice), our lectionary has these short verses from the Holy Gospel of St. John for the sermon text: Now some Greeks were among those who had gone up to worship at the feast.  So these … Continue reading

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B for “Ballenstedt im Harz”

Well, we´re on to B for now. B for Ballenstedt! This is where Johann Arndt, the author of “Four books of true Christendom” with considerable influence in Russia (!) was born on the 27th of December 1555 – or perhaps … Continue reading

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Though hordes of devils fill the land…

The next bible study is coming up. After our Lord´s annunciation this Sunday (Estomihi), that he´s going up to Jerusalem (Lk.18,31), we on this first Sunday in Lent (Invocavit) hear what that suffering and dying is all about: For this … Continue reading

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“Judensau”: Polemical challenge

Luther and the Jews. That´s a mouthful. Thomas Kaufmann has said, what is to be said and the recent publication on the “Wittenberger Sau” gives an update on the present controversy. It´s causing waves even across the Atlantic as Nathaniel … Continue reading

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Just another morning in Advent

Got a letter from the superintendent asking for a police clearance certificate (Führungszeugnis). So, I got out of the den – and surprise, surprise – the earth is turning, all the world´s on the move and life is going on … Continue reading

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