What Is True Repentance? (Wed. May 11)

The word of the day is “repent.”  We usually think of repentance as a change of heart and mind.  But repentance can be insincere, pretended, or done for the wrong reason.  In today’s reading of Acts 8:18-25, we read the case of a man named Simon who seemed to repent.  After Peter condemned his wickedness, Simon said, “Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me” (OSB vs. 24).  This plea seemed to indicate that he had turned around from his sinful ways.  However, if we read this passage carefully, we discover his contrition was not genuine. Thus, from this negative example, we learn about the nature of true repentance.…

The Origins of a Continuing Order of Ministry (Sun. May 8)

The word of the day is “appoint.”  Today’s society believes that there always is a better way.   Invention will improve anything.  Innovation will make everything function more efficiently.  However, the foundations of Holy Tradition in the church are enduring and are not subject to improvement.  One of these is the church order of ordained clergy.  Today in our reading of Act 6:1-7, we read of the establishment of the order of deacons in the church. The twelve apostles said, “Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint for this business [of administration and caring]”  (OSB vs.  3). Based on this model, our deacons continue to…

What Is True Repentance? (Wed. May 19)

The word of the day is “repent.”  We usually think of repentance as a change of heart and mind.  But repentance can be insincere, pretended, or done for the wrong reason.  In today’s reading of Acts 8:18-25, we read the case of a man named Simon who seemed to repent.  After Peter condemned his wickedness, Simon said, “Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me (OSB vs. 24).  This plea seemed to indicate that he had turned around from his sinful ways.  However, if we read this passage carefully, we discover his contrition was not genuine. Thus, from this negative example, we learn about the nature of true repentance.…

The Origins of a Continuing Historic Ministry (Sun. May 16)

The word of the day is “appoint.”  Today’s society believes that there always is a better way.   Invention will improve anything.  Innovation will make everything function more efficiently and easily.  However, the foundations of Holy Tradition in the church are enduring.  One of these is the church order of ordained clergy.  Today in our reading of Act 6:1-7, we read of the establishment of the order of deacons in the church. The twelve apostles said, “Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint for this business [of administration and caring]”  (OSB vs.  3). Based on this model, our deacons continue to serve the church today.…