Posts by Tab Ottmers

Forgiven

The theme at Higher Things this year was “Forgiven.” The conference was a focus on the Office of the Keys. What is the Office of the Keys? “The Office of the Keys is that special authority which Christ has given to His church on earth to forgive the sins of repentant sinners, but to withhold…

The Ascension of Jesus

The Ascension of Christ teaches us that Jesus isn’t just an idea that stays with us or some hyper-spiritual experience he wants us to draw on. Jesus’ Ascension points us to His Word and sacraments for his presence.

Alleluia, Christ is Risen!

On Easter Sunday, and throughout the Easter season, we begin to hear what’s called the “Paschal Greeting.” I not only use this greeting during the season of Easter but also at every funeral. It is, “Alleluia, Christ is risen,” and in reply, “He is risen indeed, Alleluia.” What are the origins of this greeting? We’re…

Return to the Lord – 1

In the Book of Joel, the prophet paints a vivid picture of the coming judgment of God, the Day of the Lord. The imagery is bold and terrifying: hordes of locusts swarming over the land and decimating everything. Joel’s prophecy has teeth even today as wars rage, natural disasters threaten and destroy, and our culture…

Naming and Circumcision of Jesus

Luke 2:21, Galatians 3:23-29 After hours of labor and pain the mother is asked, “What is the baby’s name? That is often the first question people ask new parents. The baby’s name has significance. Usually it is a family name or something that is meaningful to the parents. Our boys’ names had to be connected…

Bonhoeffer’s Book “Life Together”

“Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.” 2 John 12 ESV In the November Voter’s Meeting I read a section of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book Life Together as…

Ars Moriendi: The Art of Dying

With all the bad news in the world this sentiment is understandable. Who wants to bring more bad news? While God does not command us to share a diagnosis nor our suffering with others, Paul says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all…