Anxiety and the Sacraments

Whether you are plagued by anxiety or only occasionally grapple with it, Emilyann shares some of her own struggles with anxiety and how she has realized that there’s no doubt the Sacraments serve [...]

The Divine Service: Amen

If you want to read about the good news of Jesus’ work for you, where do you turn? Your first thought may be to open to one of the Gospel accounts. Maybe you page to one of Paul’s epistles. In [...]

The Divine Service: Absolution in the Wilderness

Leviticus. It’s a messy book. Open up to Leviticus and you’ll find pages bleeding with words of bloody sacrifices. Goats, bulls, and rams all give their lives for the sins of Israel. Leviticus [...]

Augustana XI – Confession and Absolution

Pr. Borghardt continues our Advent tour of the Augsburg Confession. Today we study Article XI – Confession and Absolution. If you have questions or topics that you’d like discussed on [...]

The Liturgy: Tried and True Evangelism

Whether you’ve grown up Lutheran or are new to the scene, Katie shows you there’s a not-so-secret agenda behind our church liturgy: the clear proclamation of the Gospel.

Absolution Is the Answer

There isn't a sin that Christ's blood can't cover and Absolution is God's way of making that crystal clear to us. Rev. Fenker reminds us that the forgiveness we are granted covers every thought, [...]

Scuba Diving for Sin

You don't need a license to scuba dive down into the depths of your own or someone else's shipwrecked collection of sins. The reality is we have a natural inclination to do so. The good news, [...]

Lord I Forgive; Help Me in My Unforgiveness

With Star Wars overtones, Rev. Heinz assures us that our pastors, too, are in need of forgiveness, which is why they are so qualified to speak the words of absolution to us.

It Is Time to Go to Confession

Gulp. Who? Me, confess? Going to private confession can be scary. After all, you’re talking with your pastor about your sin, and that can be painful, and, well, awkward. [...]

What I Didn’t Say in the Confessional

Has it been a while since you've thought about what really takes place during Confession? Susan Gehlbach will refresh your memory by recounting the ache of confessing painful sins, the joy of [...]