Posts Tagged ‘Lutheran’

How a Christian Makes Big Decisions in Life

Every Christian is at various times in their life placed into a situation where a major decision has to be made.   A job offer comes.  The home down the street finally comes up for sale.  A young man stands in the jewelry shop and wonders if he should actually buy the ring.  It could be […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on February 9th, 2015 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , , ,  •  2 Comments

Is anyone really single?

“To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single as I am,” writes Paul in 1 Corinthians 7.  Or does he?  Well in the original language, the word “single” is nowhere to be found.  Paul simply says people should remain as he is.  He does not say […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on July 16th, 2014 under Marriage and Family, Theology and Practice Tags: , , , ,  •  1 Comment

Why I’ve got to be so rude

There is a new song right at the top of the charts this day.  It is called Rude by a group called Magic.  Some of the lyrics are as follows: Saturday morning jumped out of bed And put on my best suit Got in my car and raced like a jet All the way to […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on July 14th, 2014 under Marriage and Family, Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Everything is not quite awesome: The Lego Movie

Yesterday, I took the kids to the Lego movie.  My Facebook feed has been filled with praise of the movie from all sorts of friends.  It is of course cool to see a childhood fantasy land of little bricks come to life on the big screen. And no doubt, it is a feel good movie […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on February 17th, 2014 under Movie Reviews Tags: , , , , ,  •  4 Comments

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

Death, Practice, and Playing

Last night I went to two events   The first was an event to honor veterans in our community.  My oldest Gideon and his six grade classmates had each been tasked with interviewing a veteran they know and then preparing a display to tell about their service.  The veterans and the community came and discussed what […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on November 20th, 2013 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

A Modern Day Reformation?

I will admit that most blogs by Lutherans about trends in wider Christianity are not writing to laud those trends but lament them.  And there has been plenty to write about over the years.  But I am writing with joy at a trend I see within wider Christianity and particularly within evangelical circles (widely defined). […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on October 23rd, 2013 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , ,  •  7 Comments

Limited time only – Free Catechism Presentations

I enjoy taking the old and presenting it with the new.  Right now that means teaching the catechism using a new presentation software called Prezi.  Think of Prezi as the new Powerpoint.  While PowerPoint uses slides of information to convey information, Prezi acts more like a giant billboard of information which is accessed by zooming […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on October 22nd, 2013 under Technology, Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , ,  •  1 Comment

Myths about Prayer You Might Believe

Myth:  Persistent prayers move God to action. We often believe that if we pray long enough, God will finally give in to our prayers.  We think that we are just one prayer away from getting him to give us what we feel we need.  Myth:  Particular prayers move God to action. We often think that […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on October 21st, 2013 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , , , , ,  •  3 Comments

Mary and You

Mary’s story is your story. By yourself, of humble estate. With Jesus, of blessed estate. By yourself, weak. With Jesus, strong. By yourself, hungry. With Jesus, filled with good things. By yourself, condemned by your sin. With Jesus, saved by his mercy. Mary was a lowly virgin. Since purity before marriage is so rare in […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on August 15th, 2013 under Sermons Tags: , , , ,  •  6 Comments