Posts Tagged ‘Church’

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

Three Ways to Keep Amillennials in the Church

I have noticed that my Facebook feed that there is great concern over how to keep amillennials in the Church.  My own district in the LC-MS has identified this as the prime concern upon the minds of the clergy and laypeople.  Let me offer three ways to keep amillennials in the Church. 1)  Keep them […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on November 15th, 2014 under Humor, Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , ,  •  1 Comment

God’s invisible creations…more than angels

We confess in the Nicene Creed that God created all things, visible and invisible.  But sadly when someone asks what we mean by God’s invisible creations, we usually have little to say.  We speak quickly of angels, trying not to say more than we really know.  After that, we go silent. But I would argue […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on September 8th, 2014 under Marriage and Family, Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , ,  •  1 Comment

Why do you go to church?

Why do you go to church?  Most in our day think that if one goes to church, they go to show God how much they love him.  They go to serve him.  They go to give him glory.  They go to serve Jesus. Luke 10:40-41  But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on July 15th, 2013 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Marriage is Hetero

In reading an article today, I came across the following quote which prompted me to write about something  which has often crossed my mind. “In classical Christian teaching, the divinely sanctioned union of male and female is an icon of the relationship of Christ to His church and ultimately of God to His creation. This […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on April 26th, 2013 under Sexuality, Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , , , , ,  •  No Comments

An Indictment Against the American Church

These words ring out as an indictment against the American Christian Church.  2 Corinthians 8:15 As it is written, "Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack." Had nothing left over?  Even our most struggling churches in terms of cash flow often have large amounts of money sitting in […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on July 2nd, 2012 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , ,  •  4 Comments

The Child who Cries in Church Dies in Church

Okay, this phrase will never be as popular as “The Family that Prays Together Stays Together.”  It probably will not be embossed onto artwork at your local Christian bookstore.  It likely will never even find its way onto the top of some organization’s letterhead. But it is equally as true as the much more popular […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on March 29th, 2012 under Marriage and Family, Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , ,  •  13 Comments

Another reason to get married in the Church

Posted by Philip Hoppe on October 25th, 2011 under News Clippings Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Is God left or right? He is Right.

Recently on Facebook, when asked to comment on an article by Jim Wallis arguing that the Occupy Wall Street movement’s emphases were largely in line with Christian principles, I wrote: “I think that for a long time, the church was co-opted by the right for their purposes. Now I think the church is being co-opted […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on October 13th, 2011 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , , , ,  •  1 Comment

Coptic Christians: Lord, have mercy

These baptized people of Jesus should be in our prayers. They are suffering for Jesus. Amplify’d from news.yahoo.com Egypt Coptic church decries attacks on Christians CAIRO (AP) — Egypt‘s Coptic church blasted authorities Monday for allowing repeated attacks on Christians with impunity as the death toll from a night of rioting rose to 26, most […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on October 10th, 2011 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , ,  •  No Comments