The Reformation’s 500th anniversary is next year. Preparations have already begun to celebrate this milestone of five centuries. Every week I seem to get one or two companies with Reformation travel packages for trips throughout Germany. Our church body has frequent publications, Concordia Publishing House has Reformation 500 products, gear, and even home furnishings. Our … More Retiring the Reformation
As a pastor I get a lot of junk mail, many pieces are conference fliers. I got to tell you, the theme of big box churches selling a panel of speakers seems endless. It appears inspiration, vision building, and revitalization are the factors I need to be a successful pastor. Is the Church depleted of glory, … More The Edge of Glory
“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. …. If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question … More Not Seeing the Substance for the Style
I have a problem, I like familiarity, and it seems that the most of Christendom does too. However, this isn’t about being a homebody or always having toast for breakfast. We’re talking liturgy and lectionary. As St. Paul wrote, “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ (Romans 10:17).” God’s Word about our Savior testifies … More Repeat Offender
Angels are always a popular topic. They mystify, engage, and transform our perspectives on theology. When we think about angels the first thoughts that come to mind are heavenly creatures or an earthly guardian angel. This isn’t bad, but it’s limited. The study of angels, or angelology, has a place in theological scholarship and today you’ll find they also … More Liturgical Angelology
Does it ever seem that life is a whirlwind of constant change? One moment is fleeting unto the next? Do you ever wonder who you are or maybe who you are supposed to be? What’s my purpose in this inconsistent, always new, twisty (and problematic) world? If tv shows are our source for answers we’d … More Who Am I?
When we speak about creation it almost always is within the context of: God creating, God destroying, or how man perceives God’s creation. We are always praising God as his creation, his paramount creature; we give thanks for the creation all around us as a present testimony to our Creator. There is however another voice, God himself praising … More God’s Praise of Creation
Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”— Matthew 18:20 “You’re one of a kind!” Such a sentiment can be taken as either a compliment or insult. This singling out walks a fine line between individual praise or bullying. What’s more is that being an individual isn’t … More Individualism 2.0: Uniqueness
What does prayer do for me, for others, for God? If my prayers go up will the blessings come down? The purpose of prayer can be a touchy and troubling dilemma for the people of God. The topic of prayer is also multifaceted. I could talk about how God accomplishes his will with and without our … More What Good Are My Prayers?
We like to think that Jesus could have chosen another way to save the world. “He is God after all,” so goes the sincere sigh. But this is not quite right. Consider this. Satan saw the very good creation and chose the way of destruction. Satan saw Jesus fasting and chose to tempt him. Satan saw … More No Other Way