Author Archives: Rev. Johann Caauwe

Friends in the Hymnal

When I was a kid, I used to page through the hymnal in church—often while sitting with my mom during choir practices. I remember looking for hymns written by men named Johann. It was noteworthy, then, when I came across … Continue reading

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Advent Preaching by Cantata

By the end of December, I will have prepared and delivered fifteen sermons or devotions for services during this month. These are for our Sunday Divine Service, as well as Matins and Vespers services for Advent and Christmas. But in … Continue reading

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Of Course

It is, of course, by Jesus’ command that I was baptized. –Bo Giertz, To Live with Christ

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Advent Dawn

I took this photo after getting to church on the morning of the first Sunday in Advent. He comes to judge the nations, A terror to his foes, A light of consolations, And blessed hope to those Who love the … Continue reading

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It’s not Christmas yet! Why can’t they wait?

On my way home from church today I saw a Christmas tree in the window of one of the homes on our street. People who listen to the radio have told me that local stations have started playing Christmas music. … Continue reading

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Latin and Ditches

I came across this little clip in an 1891 Yearbook for the Christian Home. Latin and Ditches John Adams, the second President of our land, used to relate the following anecdote: “When I was still a boy, I had to … Continue reading

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Should Parents Advise Children to Postpone Marriage?

A Facebook friend recently posted a link to an old Issues, etc. segment in which this question was discussed. It is no secret that the age at which people get married has risen dramatically in the last several decades. (See … Continue reading

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Matins

Every Wednesday morning, we gather at church for Matins (Morning Praise). It’s usually a small group, and now in the summer it’s just been my kids. But we sing, listen, and pray. We use a recording for the music. We … Continue reading

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The Way of the Baptized

A Christian is a person who begins to tread the way from this life to heaven the moment he is baptized, in the faith that Christ is henceforth the Way, the Truth, and the Life. And he holds to this … Continue reading

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Daily Prayer

Today I am reminded another reason why we have our school students begin every school day with this prayer. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night harm and … Continue reading

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