No Other Way

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

Why Closed Communion?

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?

Life without End

[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

Is Seeing Believing?

“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?

Filled with the Light of Christ’s Body and Blood

[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

Lifted Up in the Eternal Life of God’s Word

[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