What’s The Reformation All About Anyway?

So, when you hear the Gospel reading from John 8 appointed for Reformation Sunday telling you that you are free in Jesus don't be filled with pride and arrogance and look down on others who are [...]

The Purpose of Hymns during the Reformation: Part 1

An important part of this spread lies in the rich vernacular hymn tradition of the Lutheran Church; a tradition that Luther himself started by composing many new German language hymns for [...]

In the NAME…

“I baptize you in the NAME of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”  So begins our life in Christ. It is fitting, then, that the Divine Service also begins in that same NAME, since [...]

O Love How Deep

When it comes to sacred music there are two options. The first we can sing about how Jesus is worthy of OUR worship. The law in how WE lift his name and sing his praises. Then there is the second [...]

“Such Authority to Men” – A Meditation on Matthew 9:1-8

“When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.” Forgiveness can be a terrifying thing. It’s not something that we sinful human [...]

The Divine Service: A Parable in Leviticus

Jesus often spoke in parables. Our Lord uses everyday illustrations such as sheep (Luke 15:1–7), sons (Luke 15:11–32), and coins (Luke 15:8–10) to paint pictures of God’s kingdom. Through [...]

The End is… Here!

by Aaron Fenker Within our current age and culture – as it might be with every age – the end and meaning of human existence is defined within ourselves, but waves, earthquakes, and hurricanes [...]

Being a Christian in a 21st Century World-November 16-17, 2018

Jesus calls us to live in the world, but not to be conformed to the world around us. This is a difficult challenge! There are so many different messages given to us about what kind of life people [...]

Books Every College Student Should Read

INTRODUCTION TO THE CHRISTIAN FAITH Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, rev. ed., first published in 1952, 1996). Amazon On Being a Christian: A Personal Confession, [...]

Exploring the ‘Sanctified’ Conference Hymn- Part 6

Gone the bliss of Eden’s garden, gone the age of sacrifice; ours the time of grace and favor, ours, the call to paradise! Ever, Lord, impress upon us: only You can cover sin – take [...]