Invocabit 2024
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by Christopher Esget
1d ago
Invocabit – The First Sunday in Lent St. Matthew 4.1-11 February 18, 2024   You’re a sinner, it’s true. David says in Ps. 51, “Surely I was sinful from birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” Confessing this entails the danger of acceptance. Why change? Why even try? In today’s Gospel, the Lord Jesus shows us how to fight sin. But that would not be enough, if we were left to our own strength. St. Andrew of Crete, an eighth-century bishop and hymnwriter, addresses his own weaknesses in his Great Canon of Repentance: “The mind is wounded, the body is feeble, the spirit is sick ..read more
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Sexagesima 2024
Esgetology
by Christopher Esget
2w ago
St. Luke 8:4-15 February 4, 2024   What, for you, is success? Form an idea in your mind. What achievement, what renown, what amount of money would make you feel successful? In the church world, success is numbers—money and people. Ask someone how his church is doing, you’ll hear about attendance, and if things are going well, about a building program or staffing additions. Fidelity to the Word of God is an afterthought. “How is your school doing?” is also a question of numbers: enrollment and budget. Perhaps, though, a lower enrollment would lead to better achievement of the mission. That ..read more
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Transfiguration 2024
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by Christopher Esget
1M ago
The Transfiguration of Our Lord 2 Peter 1.16-21 January 21, 2024   I’ve never smoked marijuana, and I never will. But I imagine John Lennon’s song God would be more plausible while under the influence of mind-destroying substances. “God is a concept by which we measure our pain,” he sings, followed by a long litany of things he doesn’t believe in. His conclusion? “I just believe in me / Yoko and me / And that’s reality.” It perfectly captures the Zeitgeist, where the only god to be worshiped is the god of self. Far more interesting musicians don’t necessarily fare better with metaphysical ..read more
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The Second Sunday after the Epiphany 2024
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by Christopher Esget
1M ago
John 2:1-11 January 14, 2024   You can buy prayerbooks with long, beautiful, eloquent prayers. They have their place. But the prayers of the New Testament are not like that. They are simple. Direct. In Mt. 14, Jesus trods on the stormy sea, symbolizing His Lordship over chaos and the demonic forces. Peter is skeptical: When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” 28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it ..read more
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The Funeral of James Edwin Shaw
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by Christopher Esget
1M ago
Rev. Dr. James Edwin Shaw Romans 8:28-30, 38-39 January 8, 2024   A four year-old boy climbed the steps to see his sick grandmother. She was in great pain, and soon to die. The little boy said, “Don’t worry, Grandma. You are going to be with Jesus.” That little boy was James Edwin Shaw, who would not want this sermon to be about him. But we have to say a little. His childhood pastor had an exceptionally gifted intellect, and while Jim was interested in being a pastor, didn’t think he could measure up academically. During the Korean War he was drafted, and came into contact with Army Chap ..read more
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First Sunday after the Epiphany 2024
Esgetology
by Christopher Esget
1M ago
Luke 2:41-52 January 7, 2024   “Why have You done this?” Mary is not the first mother to say that. And it’s understandable. Her boy was missing. Three minutes would be horrible. Three days, that’s nearly unimaginable. When Mary and Joseph do find Him, I’d like to know exactly what her tone was like: “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.” Quite appropriately, the NKJ capitalizes the pronouns for Jesus. It looks all respectful: “Son, why have You—the exalted One—done this to us?” I’m not sure it’s spoken so gently. She maybe says it more like ..read more
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The Epiphany of Our Lord 2024
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by Christopher Esget
1M ago
Jan 6, 2024 St. Matthew 2:1-12   Tribulation is a gift. It doesn’t feel like it at the time. Nevertheless, tribulation is a gift. It is a gift because it prepares us for the Gospel. The journey of the Magi (“wise men”) to the Christ shows this to us. The Magi don’t find Jesus where they are looking (Jerusalem). Instead they meet a fiendish and duplicitous Herod. Led by the Holy Spirit, the path to Christ went through anxiety and need. Do you have any anxiety? Do you have any needs? Here’s the truth: Everyone is disabled. The problem comes when we do not realize it. Those who know their di ..read more
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Top Posts on Esgetology 2023
Esgetology
by Christopher Esget
1M ago
Here are the top five blog posts in 2023 by page views. Thanks for reading Esgetology, and I pray you have a blessed 2024! On Worthy Reception of the Lord’s Supper The Second Sunday after the Epiphany 2023 2023 LCMS Convention Sermon Cantate 2023 The Resurrection of Our Lord 2023 ..read more
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Best Music of 2023
Esgetology
by Christopher Esget
1M ago
Of the albums released in 2023, the following are my favorites. I’ve included some YouTube samples of selected tracks. I do most of my listening in Apple Music. 1. Arvo Pärt: Tractus (Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Talinn Chamber Orchestra, Tõnu Kaljuste) Listen in Apple Music   2. The Goldberg Variations (Víkingur Ólafsson)   3. Battery Life (Neil Cowley)   4. Rameau Re-Imagined (Edward Higginbottom)   5. Undiscovered, Vol. 2 (Ludovico Einaudi)   6. SLEEP: Tranquility Base (Max Richter)   7. Church of the Heavenly Rest, New York City (Steve Roach ..read more
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Best Books of 2023
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by Christopher Esget
1M ago
Of the 40 books I read in 2023, these are my top selections: Best New Book (published in 2023): I didn’t complete any books published in the last year. However, I did write one, published in the spring of 2023: (Dis)Ordered: Lies about Human Nature and the Truth That Sets Us Free. You can get it directly from the publisher, Concordia Publishing House. You can also get it in paperback or Kindle from Amazon.   Best Older Books (published 2022 or earlier): What It Means to Be Human: The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics (O. Carter Snead) Snead’s work focuses on the deficiencies in Americ ..read more
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