Listing by Topic

This page lists all of the Fish Hooks published to date, arranged under four main categories: The Bible,  Christianity, Lutheranism, and Discipleship with sub-categories of topics under each.   Be advised that many Fish Hooks don’t fit neatly into a single (or perhaps any) category, so the assignments are sometimes rather arbitrary!  Within the sub-categories, it will sometimes be the case that the older pieces (further down in the list) will provide useful background for the material dealt with in more recent pieces.

(Click here for an archive of all Fish Hooks listed by date of publication.)

The Bible

The Bible is the ‘source book’ for all Christians.  This category focuses on the book itself, as a body of literature, whereas all the other categories reference it as God’s Word of salvation for humanity.

  Facts About the Bible

  People, Places, and Things in the Bible

  Bible Events and History

  Foreshadowing & Fulfillment (Prophecy, Precedents, Symbolism, etc.)

  • Paschal – July 15, 2018 – An unusual word with great significance
  • Agony and Victory – November 26, 2017 – A cry of despair or fulfillment?
  • Connecting the Dots  – August 28, 2016 – Seeing the Messiah in OT prophecy
  • Elijah’s Return – August 7, 2016 – Why were people expecting Elijah to come back?
  • The Third Day – July 24, 2016 – An assertion of Jesus that’s perplexed many
  • Melchizedek – July 3, 2016 – An obscure OT figure with a big NT significance
  • God’s Rhymes – October 11, 2015 – Seeing God’s patterns

  Specific Bible Words, Texts, and Passages

  Reading and Understanding the Bible


These Fish Hooks deal with topics that are common aspects of traditional Christian faith and practice including (but not limited to) Lutherans.   Not every Christian will (of course) agree with every detail, but the treatment is intended to be “mainstream.”

  What Christians Believe

 Things Found in Churches (Architecture, Furnishings, Symbols, etc.)

  • Churchy’ Words – July 1, 2018 – Some obscure terminology that your pastor may use
  • Monograms of Jesus – September 10, 2017 – Some logos explained
  • The Altar – February 5, 2017 – Why do some object to the presence of an altar?
  • Holy Cow! (Again) – January 22, 2017 – More About the Four Evangelist’s Symbols
  • Holy Cow! – June 19, 2016 – Why would a church hang an ox over the altar?
  • Sanctuary – April 24, 2016 – How this word got its modern meaning
  • In the Boat – November 29, 2015 – Sailing together in the nave
  • Monkeys in the Minster – October 4, 2015 – Critters in church

 Christian Worship (Traditional Practices)

  • Why ‘Eucharist’? – March 24, 2019 – An odd name that describes perfectly!
  • Many Names – One Meal – July 30, 2017 – It’s what God makes it, not what we call it
  • The Offertory – July 23, 2017 – A small ritual that tells a rich story
  • Gift Wrap – June 11, 2017 – Wrapping and unwrapping God’s good gifts
  • The Priest’s Underpants – May 7, 2017 – Precedent for propriety in worship
  • The Readings – September 25, 2016 – There’s a plan!
  • Liturgy – September 4, 2016 – Thinking about ‘the work of the people’
  • The Benediction – August 21, 2016 – The most ancient part of our worship service

 Christianity Through the Ages

  Issues in Contemporary Christianity


Here we explore the beliefs, practices, and emphases that are traditionally identified with Lutheran Christians.

  Lutheran History (and the Reformation)

  Lutheran Doctrine (what Lutherans traditionally emphasize)

  Lutheran Culture


Here we look at the personal lifestyle — the disciplines, rewards, and challenges — of a follower of Christ.  Most of these Fish Hooks take the form of ‘meditations.’

  Relationships in the Body of Christ


  Generosity and Witness

  The Daily Walk