Not Seeing the Substance for the Style

“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

Repeat Offender

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

Liturgical Angelology

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

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

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

Born Again in the Confession of Christ and His Forgiveness

[Part 1 of 4] How does worship change your life? —John 3:1-8 Be sure to read the series introduction! Jesus begins with Nicodemus, saying one must be born again in order to see the kingdom of God (cf. John 3:3). The Divine Service, in the Lutheran Service Book, begins with the rubric and exhortation to make the sign of … More Born Again in the Confession of Christ and His Forgiveness