This week’s featured Fish Hooks:

Fatal Distraction

A lucky farmer owned an extraordinary mule that was legendary for its strength and stamina.  But it also had a very healthy appetite and its practical-minded owner figured it would be an even betterasset if he could cut back on its upkeep when there was no field work to be done.  One winter day he had an inspiration: instead of the normal ration of oats he substituted 10% sawdust.  When the mule didn’t seem to notice, it encouraged him to gradually increase the percentage and he was delighted when the faithful beast continued to consume its daily ration with gusto.  In fact, this shrewd fellow was very close to proving that his beloved mule could be happy with a diet of 100% sawdust when a terrible piece of BAD LUCK ended his promising experiment – the durned thing up-and-died on him!  … (click here to continue reading).

Welcome to Fish Hooks!  These are short informal takes on a wide range of topics related to Christian faith and practice, written from a traditional Lutheran perspective.  Expect some trivia, some history, some  theology, some practical guidance, some meditations, some humor – as well as some things that are a bit hard to categorize.  Don’t expect deep doctrinal dissertations or weighty sermons!   We’re “working Christians” who ourselves have questions and are curious about a lot of things related to our faith.  That means we sometimes take on topics that are important, perhaps even controversial, and at other times things that are interesting but not really all that important.  We hope that you too will find these topics informative and engaging.  And if you get ‘hooked’ into thinking more deeply about some things that you have taken for granted, never previously thought about, or didn’t really understand – well, that’s the whole point!

Though we ourselves are Lutheran Christians we consider ourselves brothers and sisters with all who confess Jesus Christ as Risen Savior and Lord (Romans 10:9), regardless of denominational affiliation, and most of our content is intentionally ecumenical.    Yet, we recognize that our Lutheran beliefs, practices, and traditions can be subtly (or not-so-subtly) different from others – and we believe these differences can sometimes be very important.  We try to be open and honest in our discussion of such differences – clear about ourselves while also being respectful of the faithful followers of Christ who hold to and worship Him in other faith traditions.

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Happy nibbling!


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