Posts Tagged ‘liturgy’

Liturgy as Catechesis; Catechism as Liturgics

Maybe everybody else has always realized what I am about to write about.  But as I was wrapping up my latest membership class, I had an epiphany even before Advent (sorry, church year joke).  I had two topics that I wanted to review: the six chief parts of the catechism and the liturgy.  And when […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on November 21st, 2013 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,  •  2 Comments

Guest Post: Pr. Jon Bonine – Being Carried Along

One of my great joys is serving in an awesome circuit.  Here is something one of my brothers, Pastor Jon Bonine, wrote about Holy Week.  I had to share it with you.  Email him at the above link or leave your comments below. Every year, I hope to be prepared for Holy Week, with the […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on April 6th, 2012 under Guest Post, Theology and Practice Tags: , , , ,  •  No Comments

Declaration versus Delivery of Grace

Growing up using The Lutheran Hymnal and using it at my current call until recently, something always seemed odd to me.  On Sundays when we did not have communion, we followed the liturgy beginning on page five which began with a confession of sin without a proper absolution following.  Instead, we were given the declaration […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on October 19th, 2011 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , ,  •  2 Comments

Daily Prayer – For Individials and Families

I value the liturgy greatly in the public worship of the church.  But I must admit when considering what to do with my family at home,  I thought things like the orders for Daily Prayer found in Lutheran Service book on pages 294-298 would just be all too formal for my crew.  And so when […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on January 21st, 2011 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,  •  No Comments

The issue is not the technology

Screens and projectors in the church.  Okay.  Everybody calm down.    Get a beer or a coffee or whatever you need. I know that one of the sacred  marks of those who call themselves confessional is an aversion to screens in churches.  I heard an ad on Issues Etc. where the church beckoned people to come […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on November 17th, 2010 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , , , ,  •  10 Comments

Wayne Schmidt and Wall Altars

Wayne Schmidt.  Beholding him with your eyes would have made you consider overlooking him altogether, maybe literally.  But despite his small stature, he was a giant to me.  He taught my worship classes with such understanding and vigor.  He stressed things that seemed quite mundane at the time.  But these things too have grown in […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on October 1st, 2010 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , , , ,  •  1 Comment

Salvation to all the senses.

I believe that one thing the church of old understood better than the modern church was that the salvation of God should penetrate all the senses God gave to humanity. They put it before people’s eyes to let sight feast on it.  They did it in paraments, vestments, and stained glass.  The people saw it […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on June 14th, 2010 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , ,  •  1 Comment