The Zion Blog


Why Are 10 Commandments Sometimes Numbered Differently

Question: In confirmation classes, we study the Ten Commandments; our junior confirmands memorize these along with their meanings.? Why are they numbered differently in some books and on some plaques? Answer: Perhaps you have seen or heard someone talking about the Ten Commandments, but using different numbers than you learned in confirmation class.? The numbering (Read the rest…)

LCMS Stand On The Death Penalty

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? What does the Bible and our church body, The Lutheran Church?Missouri Synod, say about the death sentence? Answer: Thanks for your question.? The following is from our church body?s official web site.? I thought that the answer found there was quite good. In 1967, The Lutheran Church?Missouri Synod (Read the rest…)

Crossing Oneself

Question😕 ?Hey Pastor, I?m curious about this practice of crossing oneself.? I?m seeing it practiced more and more in Lutheran churches these days.? Back when I was a kid in confirmation classes we were taught absolutely, positively, never, ever to do that!? I?ve not found anything in print about this ?new? practice.? Has the Synod (Read the rest…)

LCMS View On Organizations & Clubs

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? Why is it that our congregation and church body (LCMS) don?t approve of someone belonging to a ?lodge? such as the Elks, Masons or similar organizations?? Those groups do much good for many people.? How can belonging to such a group be wrong in God?s eyes? Answer: Thanks (Read the rest…)

Why Do We Stand For Last Stanza Of Some Hymns?

Question😕 Hey Pastor, I?ve noticed that sometimes we stand to the sing the last verse of certain hymns.? Why is that? Answer😕 Another excellent question from you, one of our readers.? Thanks for asking.? This practice (like that of crossing oneself as we discussed in last month?s column) is something with which I was unfamiliar (Read the rest…)

What Is An Inurnment Service?

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? We recently had a death in the family and the obituary indicated the there would be an ?inurnment service? for the family.? I have heard of the word ?internment? but could you please explain ?inurnment??? Thanks. Answer: Well, I was right alongside you with your question.? I, too, (Read the rest…)

What Does AMEN Mean?

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? Why do we use the word ?Amen? so often ? in our prayers, during our liturgy, and even within the Bible it can be found within some verses.? What?s this word all about? Answer: Thanks for writing.? Good question.?? Here follows is an excerpt from the LCMS Commission (Read the rest…)

Singing Amen After Every Hymn

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? The question that you answered in the last Zion News got me to thinking.? Why don?t we sing ?amen? at the end of the hymns anymore?? I remember singing ?amen? after each hymn of the old hymnal. Answer: Thanks for writing.? You bring another good question for us (Read the rest…)

Pastors’ Robes and Special Clothing

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? Why do pastors wear robes and special clothing such as the colored strip of cloth draped over the shoulders?? Also, during the Christmas season and then beginning on Easter Sunday you seemed to ?disappear? from the chancel right after you handed the offering plates to the ushers.? When (Read the rest…)

How We Use AMEN & Its Meaning

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? As I reflect back on my days going to church as a youth, I remember singing ?Amen? after all (or nearly all) the hymns.? Why doesn?t our present hymnal conclude each hymn with an ?Amen??? And, will the new hymnal that the LCMS has developed have ?Amens? at (Read the rest…)