Posts Tagged ‘death’

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

Baptism: Tomb and Womb

Baptism is a tomb.  A tomb into which the old man is lowered as water cascades all around.  His desires and dominion brought to their drenched end.  His sin forever trapped, never to gaze in accusation again.  Baptism is a tomb. Baptism is a womb.  A womb from which a new man is raised up […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on July 17th, 2013 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , ,  •  No Comments

The Streak of Death: Comfort after Boston and West, Texas

Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio once had a hit in 56 baseball games in a row. It was a streak that some say no one will ever again be able to replicate. The Iron Man Cal Ripken started in 2,632 consecutive baseball games. No one has even come close to touching that streak. And from 1953 to […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on April 18th, 2013 under News Clippings, Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , , , ,  •  No Comments

We Need Sin Control: Sandy Hook Elementary

Today brings us another tragic story.  Many children dead.  Adults as well.  And the analysis will be made even before the bodies are cleared.  Groups and individuals will head to the microphones to tell us why this really happened.  Was it the lack of proper mental health care?  Was it the prevalence of violent movies […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on December 14th, 2012 under News Clippings, Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , , , ,  •  7 Comments

What Neil Armstrong Saw on the Moon

Over the weekend, Neil Armstrong died.  His death brought back a flood of memories for the living.  I have no memory of the day when Neil’s voice tickled the ear of many proud Americans.  As a space program fan I am a little envious of those who do.  I feel left out.  I only have […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on August 27th, 2012 under News Clippings, Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Evil and Death

Evil often looks so innocent.  It seems to exist without causality.  In fact, many times evil is so deceiving that people seek after it and rejoice when they have found it. But then a man appears all in black indiscriminately ripping life away from those he does not even know.  Have no doubt.  This is […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on July 21st, 2012 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Papa, why does no one cry when Jesus dies?

This is a question my eight year daughter asked me before Good Friday service tonight.  And it is a good question.   An important one.  One that cuts deep to reveal sin. She has been to many visitations and funerals as a pastor’s kid and at each one there is always someone crying.  Someone mourning the […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on April 6th, 2012 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , ,  •  2 Comments

An Act of Spiritual Mercy: Closed Communion

The Gospel for this Sunday is the the account of the Son of Man separating the sheep and the goats on the last day.  The King commends the acts of mercy which the righteous ones have done to the least of the brothers. In preparation for proclaiming this text, I came across an interesting phrase […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on November 15th, 2011 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , , , ,  •  No Comments

“Oh Wow. Oh Wow. Oh Wow.”

Perhaps it is a case of approaching something with overhyped expectations.  Or perhaps I simply am biased being far from an iHead (my moniker for people who delightfully dwell in the cult called Apple).  Perhaps I am just a no fun cynic in general (I have been accused of such). But whatever the case, I […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on November 2nd, 2011 under News Clippings, Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Those Changed Forever

I don’t usually post sermons here, but this one I decided to post.  The audio is below.  Just click play.  I will reference the pictures below in the sermon. Good Friday – Those Changed Forever

Posted by Philip Hoppe on April 22nd, 2011 under Sermons, Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , , , , ,  •  No Comments