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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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Truly it is a most beautiful and fair law.

Dr. Martin Luther continues his commentary on Deuteronomy with this summary of chapter 15 – and it´s good reading about lending, cancelling of debt, poor people etc in this translation by Richard R. Caemmerer in Luther´s Works Volume 9: The … Continue reading

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Luther´s rulers in electoral Saxony

In Luther´s time, democracy was far off. Germany was at best a vague idea and not even the language was anywhere near to being uniform in the various landscapes north of the Alps. He was always a citizen of electoral … Continue reading

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Here we go again to Weimar…

I´ve still got some unkept promises. Some of those are to still take You further through Weimar. Now that the poster depicting the Cranach altar in St.Peter & Paul (Herderkirche) is up in my office, I´ve got another incentive to … Continue reading

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