A Short Break

Hey Everyone.  We just finished up our class on Christian Education and are currently in between classes.  Our next class is on Worship.  During the break between classes, I'm going to take a break from the blog.  It'll just be for a couple of weeks and then I'll be blogging again. God bless! (more…)

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Lessons on Lessons

This week in our class we learned about lesson plans.  After weeks of educational theory, analyzing students, conceptualizing curricula, and setting goals, we finally let the rubber meet the road.  How do you teach the content of a class in a way that the students will listen and understand what is being taught as well as find it relevant to...

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Studying the Bible is something we should all do daily and it is also good to regularly gather with others and study the Bible together.  However, there are different ways to have a Bible study.  So, what do you prefer? (more…)

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What Are Your Goals?

This past week we've been talking about setting goals for classes.  One of the more common mistakes Christian educators in churches (not in schools where they have formal curricula and testing) make is not thinking about the goals for a lesson or class.  Why are you teaching this?  Setting a goal helps the teacher to determine how a lesson should...

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SMP Mid-Class Recap

The seminary said had off last week, which (oddly enough) means we have no class this week.  Yeah, don't think about it too hard or you might find yourself in the corner banging your head against the wall.  Anyway, I thought that since this week we don't have class, I'd take a slightly different approach to the blog. To keep...

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Your Life's Calling

This week we in our class continued our discussion of the Catechism, looking at the latter part of the Catechism, Baptism, The Lord's Supper, Confession/Absolution, Daily Prayers, and the Table of Duties.  From church alone, most of us are at least somewhat familiar with Baptism, The Lord's Supper, and Confession and Absolution.  And we all know it's good to pray...

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The Theme of Faith

Over the past week our class has been looking at the first three parts of the Catechism, the Commandments, the Creed, and the Lord's Prayer.  As always, there's ton of great stuff that I could talk about with this, but one of the greatest is the theme we see throughout the Lutheran Catechism. (more…)

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What Do You Think of Confirmation?

This week we've been talking a lot about the catechism, particularly as it's used in confirmation.  I'll mention a few interesting things from the week, but I'd like to ask you some questions this week and get some feedback on confirmation. (more…)

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Christian Ed Begins at Home

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." - Proverbs 22:6 How do we, as parents, train up our children in the way they should go? I may be a Vicar (pastor in training), but I'm a parent as well.  The faith of my child, especially as...

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New Class: Teaching the Faith

Christian education is a lifelong endeavour, one we engage in both in the church and at home.  This week we begin a new class focused on teaching the faith. Personally, I'm particularly excited about this class.  I'm a learner at heart and also enjoy teaching a lot.  So, I'm looking forward to learning about becoming a better teacher.  So, what,...

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Proclaiming the Word

Perhaps the most public aspect of of the pastoral ministry, preaching was the topic of our most recent class.  We discussed things like the purpose of preaching, the practice of preaching, preparation for preaching, and what the pastor's role is. (more…)

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God Comes to Us

In our fifth class we covered the means of grace, the divinely instituted means by which God promised to give forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.  It is true that our salvation comes solely from the Gospel; however, the sacraments are the Word joined with visible elements (water or bread and wine) and God has promised to bring forgiveness, life,...

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Lutheran Distinctions

Much of what distinguishes the Lutheran church from other Christian denominations are the distinctions we make about various theological concepts.  By distinctions, I mean that we keep certain things separated from other things.  For example, the Lutheran church keeps Law and Gospel as distinct things.  Law and Gospel are closely related and we cannot keep one without the other, but...

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The Creed

What does it mean to believe in God?  What does the church believe?  What do you believe? SMP 103 - Creedal Beliefs In our third class we looked at the beliefs of the church as confessed in the creeds (Apostle's Creed, Nicene Creed, and Athenasian Creed).  What we confess in these creeds is no small thing.  These beliefs are firmly...

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The Story of Us All

We all have our own story.  It's told through our life's events and our own perception of those events.  For some of us life has seemed more like a tragedy, while others would say their life has been comedy.  How does God fit into your story?  Does God fit into your story?  What is your narrative? (more…)

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Vicar Blog Revived

As you may have noticed, I (Kurt) have not been diligent about updating the Vicar Blog.  Sorry about that.  I'm planning to change all that, though, buy regularly updating the blog (at least once a week).  Each week I'll write about what Bill and I are discussing in our classes so you can be aware of what we are leaning,...

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Happy New (Church) Year !

Well, Thanksgiving and Advent are already here and Christmas is just around the corner. Speaking of Advent, did you know that the season of Advent marks the beginning of the new year in the church calendar?  So, Happy New Year ! It's been a while since I've added anything to the vicar blog, so just to catch up a bit,...

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A New Class Begins

Bill and I have started a new class called Lutheran Distinctions.  The class covers several of the distinctions the Lutheran church makes in theology.  Some of the distinctions we will be covering are: Law and Gospel The two kingdoms Two kinds of righteousness Theology of the Cross vs Theology of Glory etc. Lutherans distinguish between these things.  For example, we...

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We Need Your Help With Our Homework…Again

Hi folks. Bill and I have another assignment where we need to ask all of you a question.  If you wouldn’t mind, please answer the following question: “How does the Holy Spirit work in your life?”   Thanks for your assistance. God bless!

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About Kurt

Hi Everyone, This is Vicar Kurt Steinbrueck.  Many of you may know me as the guy who's been up front strumming his guitar for the late service for the past several years.  I've been a member of Family of Christ since 2005.  In that time, I've been able to get to know many of you, but we have a pretty...

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Thanks For Your Help!

Last week Bill published a post to the Vicar Blog asking for some help with one of our assignments for the week.  We also sent out emails asking the same question.  We had to get responses to the question, "If you were to die this evening and Jesus met you at the gates of heaven and were to ask you,...

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Vicars need your help with "homework"

Hi folks. Here's a  chance for you to help Kurt and I out with a "homework" assignment. If you wouldn't mind, please answer the following question: "If you were to die this evening and Jesus met you at the gates of heaven and were to ask you, "Why should I let you into heaven?" What would you tell Him?" (more…)

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What is a Vicar?

The term "vicar" isn't used all that much in modern American language anymore.  Even within church denominations which have Vicars, a lot of members don't know what a Vicar is.  So, what is a vicar? What is a Vicar? A vicar is basically a pastoral intern.  It's someone serving in a vicarage assignment from the seminary.  Vicarage is typically a...

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Welcome to the Vicar Blog

Hi, this is Kurt Steinbrueck and Bill Whitehead, Vicars at Family of Christ Lutheran Church in Tampa, FL.  We created the Vicar Blog because we thought members of the congregation at Family of Christ would enjoy following along with the things we are learning in our seminary classes as well...

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