Permanently Marked

It probably wasn't most brilliant idea I ever came up with to get a tattoo in college (junior year, March 12, 1993 to be exact), but at least it was a Trinity symbol. I had been thinking of [...]

Daring to Be Lutheran On Campus

The world is not our friend, and the devil is always looking for ways to slip us up. By threatening our social lives, our grades, and our wellbeing Satan will stop at nothing to snatch us out of [...]

Praying for Your Front-Line Pastor

There are far too many people who seem to think that their faithful pastors are shrinking violets or spineless buffoons who are unable (or even unwilling) to hear of your demons and sins. Perhaps [...]

If You Believe, Why Aren’t You Better?

The only off switch for sin is death. So Christ died. In your baptism, you will too. Every single day. Jesus says, "I desire mercy, not sacrifice." Just mercy. It's not your job to conquer sin on [...]

Higher Things: Oh, the Places We Will Go

What that week at For You was one of the most incredible times of my life. I met wonderful people. I was floored by the sheer force of the preaching and teaching. Plus, I had an amazing time that [...]

Moving On: A Letter from Father to Son

I hope this letter is a gift to you, Son. I hope it's a gift to the rest of you who read it, too. Your parents love you. They are proud of you. They will be proud of whatever and wherever the [...]

Am I Meaningless?

Jesus became meaningless for you, taking sin upon Himself, becoming the lowest of the low, giving Himself up to death. In rising from the grave He shows sin has no power over you to devalue you [...]

Death Is Unnatural

Why as faithful Christians do we still feel such emotional grief at a loved one's death? The answer is that we were not meant to die. God did not create man in the garden with the intent that he [...]

Christ Is for You, My Child

Christ is present for you in the church. Where Christ is present there is the church. It's not a symbol of His love or grace. It's not a contrived feeling of comfort or happiness. It's real. In [...]

Celibacy is not THE Answer

Lutheran parents, pastors, friends, political activists, and counselors would all benefit our churches if they would feed their fellow Christians who are struggling with SSA the Gospel narrative, [...]