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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Blessed Are the Persecuted

In recent years American Christians have become more mindful of persecution.

The Persecution of Christians throughout the World

News reports tell of intense tribulation among our brothers and sisters in Christ as ISIS, Boko Haram, and other groups hostile to Christianity spread their influence.

OpenDoors has ranked the 50 nations most hostile to Christians in an annually revised report. OpenDoors reports that, worldwide, hundreds of churches and other Christian property are destroyed monthly, and hundreds of Christians lose their lives for their faith each month.

According to PrisonerAlert, a ministry of Voices of the Martyrs:

In more than 40 nations around the world today Christians are being persecuted for their faith. In some of these nations it is illegal to own a Bible, to share your faith Christ, change your faith or teach your children about Jesus. Those who boldly follow Christ—in spite of government edict or radical opposition—can face harassment, arrest, torture and even death. Yet Christians continue to meet for worship and to witness for Christ, and the church in restricted nations is growing.

The Persecution of Christians within the United States

Meanwhile, Christians in the United States also experience persecution. The victims of the Columbine High School shooting in 1999 were targeted specifically because they professed a belief in Christ. More subtle forms of persecution target Christians because of their biblically grounded moral beliefs, which the ascendant culture of diversity-inclusion has labeled as religiously motivated bigotry. Employees at major corporations now must undergo Orwellian indoctrination in order to keep their jobs, entrepreneurial florists and photographers must cater to same-sex weddings or else pay fines, and public officials must solemnize those same weddings or else serve time in jail.

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The Father as Mentor to His Sons: 10 Topics for Man-to-Man Discussion

How can today’s Christian fathers prepare their boys to be Christian men, when many of the cultural supports from former days have been removed and when the person most well-suited for the task of passing on the arts and skills of manliness and fatherhood—the boy’s father—is absent a majority of the time? If today’s fathers cannot mentor their sons, where will tomorrow’s fathers receive the training they need?

Fathers have had their difficulties in all periods of time, but today’s fathers face challenges that are somewhat new to the past few generations. The Industrial Revolution separated laboring fathers from their families, just as the Feminist Revolution more recently has separated mothers from their families. Schools now absorb the majority children’s time during their most creative and productive years and train them to become employees for multi-national corporations, not entrepreneurs within their local communities. In the classroom and beyond, boyhood and masculinity are denigrated, and Christianity is openly attacked. From where, then, will the next generation of Christian men arise, capable to lead, provide for, and protect their families?

The time has come for men to rally together, recognize the challenges facing them, and turn to God’s Word to re-discover the way forward. The following ten topics provide a framework for opening this important discussion.

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The Divine Service, Part 7: The Sanctus

Upon hearing the pastor’s invitation to join their hearts and voices with “angels and archangels and all the company of heaven,” the congregation sings the Sanctus. The Sanctus, which is Latin for “holy,” is an ancient Christian hymn found in the church’s earliest liturgies (as early as the 200s A.D.). The text reads as follows:

Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabaoth [literally: Commander of the Heavenly Armies];
heav’n and earth are full of Thy glory.
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is He, blessed is He, blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

The hymn is composed of two sections or verses. The first verse is drawn from Isaiah’s soul-shaking vision of heaven’s throne room in Isaiah 6. Isaiah recounts:

I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.

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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.