Archive for the ‘Theology and Practice’ Category

A Little Easter – For You!

When Lent comes (and it is coming soon), you will be reminded that Lent is the season of forty days that precedes Easter. But if you went and counted the days from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, you might wonder if the Church is using some sort of new math in laying out the Church Year.  But […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on January 25th, 2016 under Theology and Practice  •  1 Comment

Steve Harvey Gets It Wrong Again – Don’t Jump

Maybe some of you have seen the video below.  If has been going around on the internet in a viral fashion (almost 50 millions views). No, not the one where Harvey mistakenly crowns the wrong gal the beauty pageant queen, but the one where he “preaches” at the Family Feud audience.  This is the one is which […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on January 20th, 2016 under News Clippings, Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , ,  •  1 Comment

Well Worn Seats – A Defense of Having “Your Seat” at Church

It is something that will get a chuckle out of most regular church goers. To what do I refer?  I speak of the the idea that many church regulars have “their spot” or “their seat” in the pew each Sunday.  Cartoons and drawn (like the one to the left)  and anecdotes are told about the times […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on January 18th, 2016 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , ,  •  No Comments

Islam vs. Radical Islam –The Bigger Picture

There is a constant effort to build a rhetorical chasm between Islam and Radical Islam in our world.  Many would have you believe that there is no connection between the terror toting Muslims and their holy texts or religious heritage.  Such a claim is spurious as best.  Without making a extensive case here, let’s leave […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on December 8th, 2015 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , ,  •  No Comments

A World Without Homes

All of the scary movies have been put away.  The ghoulish costumes will soon be up for sale on eBay. The buildings recently haunted have returned to their normal states.  But that does not mean that everything scary has gone away.  As we know, reality is often much more frightening than the fantasies we revel […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on November 2nd, 2015 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , ,  •  1 Comment

Forever at Concordia Seminary

The Gottesdienst blog today has a post in which it seeks to expose the worship practices occurring at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.  Those that know me who tell you that I am one who uses the liturgy and hymnody of the Church each week with joy.  I am one who understands quite clearly the concern […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on October 20th, 2015 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , ,  •  5 Comments

5 Lies in 2 minutes from Nicki Minaj’s “Pastor”

After shaking her posterior for millons on the way up to accept an award for her utterly licentious video “Anaconda” and before cursing at the host of the show, Nicki took time to thank her pastor.  How nice.  She thanked Pastor Lydia.  Embedded below is a two minute video featuring Pastor Lydia Sloley talking about […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on August 31st, 2015 under News Clippings, Theology and Practice Tags: , , , ,  •  No Comments

#LoveSins

If by love, we mean simply that affectionate feeling we have towards the things we desire or fancy or trust in, then love does not always win.  Many times #LoveSins.   The obese man loves everything about food and so he fills his mouth celebrating victories and swallowing defeats to make everything sweeter.  The sports […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on June 30th, 2015 under News Clippings, Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , ,  •  1 Comment

The Future Tense of Funerals

At funerals, there is a lot of talk about the past.  “Do you remember the time Dad took us to the lake?” “Bob just loved to create beauty with his scroll saw.”  “I just wish we had a chance to talk about that day and what was said.” At funerals, there is often a lot […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on June 16th, 2015 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

What Closed Communion Is and What It is Not

A man walks into church on a day when the Lord’s Supper will be served.  He says to the usher handing out communion cards, “You know.  I have been really good this week.  I should get two cards.”  This actually happened in my brother pastor’s congregation.  It is a shocking level of arrogance on so […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on May 28th, 2015 under Theology and Practice  •  9 Comments