Luke 2:19: Mary Pondered…

Now are the moments for deep reflection, the hour of contemplation. Linger in the depths of the word “ponder.” Like meditate, though less strenuous, conveying something more suited. Its Latin […]

Luke 2:33-40: A Sword Will Pierce Your Soul, O Mary

A maiden mother brings God, pulsing with blood and moving with muscle, into this world.  From her womb, the Lord formed for Himself a human frame.  More than any other […]

Christmas Eve Sermon, Luke 2:19: Mary Pondered

This is the hour, the place, and the time for pondering.  What a wonderful word: “ponder.”  It means something like “meditate.”  But meditate sounds a bit too active.  “Ponder” comes […]

Matthew 1:18-25: The Holy-Spirited Conception of Jesus

Today, especially within the media and intelligentsia, many mock the Christian Faith.  Sometimes, it’s subtle; sometimes, it’s not.  You may find that they treat a Christian the way someone might […]

Understanding Isaiah 66:24

In adult instruction (catechesis) for those being brought into the Church, we cover many teachings of Scripture.  Sometimes, we have classes dealing with people’s specific questions.  One such class dealt […]

What are We to Make of the Perpetual Virginity of Mary?

What are we to make of the traditional Lutheran position that Mary remained a virgin her entire life?  This short theological pondering from Pastor Futrell helps us look at this […]

Luke 2:19: Learning to Ponder

At first listen, it sounds as if the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of our Lord, has it all wrong.  St. Luke tells us, “But Mary continued to treasure all […]

Confessional Address for Advent 4: Luke 1:26-45

Few passages in Scripture astound as much as Elizabeth’s words to her younger cousin, Mary.  Exclaiming loudly, she does with Mary what her unborn child, John the Baptizer, would later […]

St. Mary, Mother of God: Luke 1:39-55

Whenever possible, artwork has always adorned the chancels of Christian churches.  Since the beginning, the Church has never sought after stark and stern places of worship.  Even in the Old […]

Christmas Eve

Intro This evening, we leave the world behind, and we travel together on a long journey.  It is a journey that leads beyond Santa Claus, Christmas trees, and gift giving. […]