Author Archives: Rev. Johann Caauwe

Grandpa’s Razor

This morning I shaved with a new razor. But not really new. It is a safety razor which belonged to my grandfather, Andrew Linkert. It was made in 1970 by Gillette. I have been wetshaving using a double-edge safety razor for around eight … Continue reading

Posted in Family | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Great Works

C. S. Lewis once wrote “I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.” and “The sure mark of an unliterate man is that he considers ‘I’ve read it already’ to be a conclusive argument … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Leave a comment

Experiment House Head

I laughed out loud when I came to this passage tonight as I was reading to Lydia: After that, the Head’s friends saw that she was no use as a Head, so they got her made an Inspector to interfere … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Hymnody | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Church Year, Music | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Of Course

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

Posted in Baptism, Devotions | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Church Year, Hymnody | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Church Year, Quotations | Leave a comment

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

Posted in School | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Chemnitz, Marriage | Tagged | Leave a comment