Rev. Bror Erickson serves as pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Farmington, New Mexico. He graduated from Concordia University Irvine in 2000 where he studied apologetics under Dr. Rosenbladt, and Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana in 2004. He likes to translate the works of Bo Giertz and Hermann Sasse. He also enjoys writing reviews for Amazon.com and critiquing modern culture with the Gospel.
I love the commercialization of Christmas. I rejoice in it. I revel in it. I see Santa ringing his bell outside of Target and I want to give the guy a hug.
From 1938 to 1949, dad was pastor of the Torpa congregation in Östergötland. The pastor’s office was housed in the parsonage, which meant that Papa, when he wasn’t out on visits somewhere in the parish
“So the Christian who is consecrated by faith does good works, but the works do not make him holier or more Christian, for that is the work of faith alone. And if a man were not first a believer and a Christian, all his works would amount to nothing and would be truly wicked and damnable sins.”
At various occasions in life I have been asked what it was like to be Bo Giertz’s daughter. The implicit reason was that it must have been something special.
I was first introduced to the work of Bo Giertz in Rome. It was in that city that Bo Giertz had promised his queen that he wanted to be nothing, and would be no more than a “regular priest.” We would say pastor, but in Sweden Lutherans still call their pastors priests.
It’s a phrase that is constantly thrown around. From several online conversations it seems that, well, Paul wasn’t afraid to tell people what the Christian life looks like. But he never actually uses that phrase.
So ends one of Hemingway’s best short stories, or at least one of my favorites. “My Old Man” was one of the first he ever published and it indicated all the greatness that would give this man his literary moniker, Papa. A grossly flawed character I can’t help but love for all his warts.
It’s a subject that for some comes up every 4th of July. How does the American Revolution square with Romans 13? Can a Christian watch fireworks celebrating our rebellion against a God-given authority in good conscience? Do we ever have the right to rebel against those authorities?