The Hausvater Project

Hausvater: /HAUS-fah-ter/
noun (German)
1. Housefather.
2. Spiritually responsible head of household, including the housefather as assisted by the housemother.
>> Example: "As the Hausvater should teach it [Christian doctrine] to the entire family ..."
(Martin Luther, Small Catechism, 1529)

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A Faithful Father

I am your faithful Father above,
You are My children, lavished with love.
I have redeemed you, called you by name.
Jesus, My Son, bore all of your shame.


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Composition Notes

Each line in this hymn has been derived from one or more Scripture verses.

  • Verse 1: Psalm 145; 1 John 3:1; Isaiah 43:1; Hebrews 12:2–3; Psalm 34:5
  • Verse 2: 1 John 3:1; 1 John 4:16; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9–12
  • Verse 3: Deuteronomy 6:7; Luke 17:2
  • Verse 4: Psalm 127:3; Psalm 103:13; 2 Timothy 4:2; Ephesians 6:18
  • Verse 5: Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 12:23
  • Verse 6: Luke 18:13,14, the Kyrie ("Lord, Have Mercy"), and Revelation 22:12
  • See also: Luke 1:17; Psalm 103; Malachi 4:5,6

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A Father's Tribute: In Memory of Torian Bolstad (2014-2015)

What can I say about my son Torian?

He was born on June 4, 2014. He died on September 19, 2015.


He was born with a very serious health condition. He had countless seizures throughout his life, sometimes as many as three hundred or more in a single day. More often than not, with each seizure he would stop breathing and turn blue. He did this from the day he was born till the day he died, fifteen months later.

Along with this, he was almost completely motionless. He rarely moved his arms or legs, and when he did move them it was usually because he was having another seizure. His eyes did not track and usually it seemed that he was looking right through you. The doctors were unsure if he could see at all. They also told us that he was almost completely deaf in both ears, due to a condition known as auditory neuropathy, and only able to hear things when his brain allowed.

He did not communicate as healthy babies do, not even with facial expressions. He almost never cried, but when he did we were thrilled just to hear him make noise. He did not reach out for things, he never learned to crawl, he couldn't even lift his head from his pillow. He had extreme difficulty swallowing his own saliva and needed to be suctioned with a suction machine on a regular basis, especially when he got sick (which happened fairly frequently).

He could not eat by mouth, but was instead fed through a tube that was inserted through his nose going down into his stomach; when he was first born he did breastfeed semi-successfully for a short time, but that joy was short lived.

What else can I say about my son Torian?

I could tell you that he was loved.

He was loved by me and my wife and each of our children.bolstad children

Early on, my wife and I were concerned that eventually our other children would grow resentful of Torian for the time and attention that he would inevitably receive from us; that they would be upset with us and him for the numerous week-long hospitalizations that he received throughout his life. We thought that they would be upset for all the fun things that they missed out on because they were just too difficult to do, or too difficult to go to with all the machines that we would have to bring with us.

But they never did this.

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The Divine Service, Part 5: The Prayer of the Church

Prayer pervades the pages of Scripture. Abraham prayed. Isaac prayed. Moses prayed. Hannah, Samuel, David, Solomon, Elisha, Hezekiah, the prophets, and many more prayed. In the New Testament, Jesus and His apostles regularly prayed along with a whole host of faithful believers. We stand in this great tradition. As the redeemed people of God it is our privilege and duty to pray.

Our Privilege

By shedding His blood Jesus has “freed us from our sins” (Revelation 1:5), “ransomed [us] from the futile ways inherited from [our] forefathers” (1 Peter 1:18–19), “reconciled us to [God]” (Romans 5:10), and redeemed us “according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7). We, who once were strangers and enemies to God (Ephesians 2), have become children of God with the privilege of praying to Him, even calling Him by the intimate name “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15).

Apart from Christ’s cross we would have no access to God and no hope of Him hearing us. We would remain His enemy for eternity. Because of Christ’s work, though, we may now call upon God’s Name in confidence knowing that He will “hear from heaven” (1 Kings 8) and answer.

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Mission Statement

The Hausvater Project seeks to equip Christian men and women for distinctive and complementary vocations in family, church, and society, by fostering research and education in light of Holy Scripture as proclaimed by the Lutheran Confessions.