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
As a former Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) parishioner my advent into the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) was marked by many questions about communion. What is this closed communion thing? Why can’t different denominations commune at an LCMS altar, and likewise, why cannot LCMS members commune at those altars of another church body? … More Why Closed Communion?
When I look back at my college years one of the first questions I ask is, where did the time go? Time is a special thing. It was in time that our Triune Lord created the world, in time Christ became a man, was crucified, died, and rose again three days later to life for … More Open Letter to Returning College Students
The world is at our fingertips. Countless internet sites and pages, endless hours of podcasts and videos, the information download possibilities are innumerable. But can we exist there? Can we live in the land of zeros and ones? Has religion gone digital? Going viral is the disease infecting Christians everywhere. The idea that worship can be … More I Gotz Religion on Internetz
[Part 4 of 4] How does worship change your life?–John 3:22-36 I have heard it said, and I believe it is something I too have mentioned, that the high point in the Divine Service is the Lord’s Supper. This is not an accurate statement. Thus far we have discussed Baptism, the Word, and the Lord’s Supper. Which … More Life without End
“Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”–John 20:27-29 Is seeing believing? Consider all the things you see everyday. Do you believe in them? That is somewhat of an odd way of understanding what is seen, isn’t it! Do you believe in the weather … More Is Seeing Believing?
[Part 3 of 4] How does worship change your life?–John 3:16-21 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.–John 3:19 When I was younger my mom would ask me, “How much do you love me?” And my reply … More Filled with the Light of Christ’s Body and Blood
Baptism is much like the manner in which one is married. As one is to be married once and to that one person, one is to be baptized once and into the one Triune God. And as it is sinful to divorce from your spouse for anything other than adultery, it is also sinful to … More Wedded to Christ in the Water of Baptism
Some days we feel like giving up, others we would rather omit from memory. In these moments of distress and sadness we realize that we are not impenetrable, but in need. In Christ we take refuge, hoping for the escape from a life of storms and trials. God is the shadow which covers the ravaged body, … More The Shadow of Thy Wings
[Part 2 of 4] How Does Worship Change Your Life?–John 3:9-15 Christians largely agree that God’s Word is important. More than this, a faithful Christian will confess that God’s Word is inerrant. Part of the dilemma we face as Christians is the culture’s overwhelming denial of God’s Word, and I believe a sliver of this … More Lifted Up in the Eternal Life of God’s Word