Sinners Who Know They Are Saints

A saint is not someone who is holy, someone declared to be holy. You can’t be a saint unless you are a sinner. You can’t be forgiven and declared holy [...]

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. [...]

I Am a Sinner

We’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is that we’re sinners, and because of that, we never love God with our whole heart. The good news? We are [...]

Heresy, Confusion, and the Holy Trinity

Every good Lutheran teenager knows about the Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. In fact, your Sunday School teachers probably explained it to you using apple, baseball baseball player, and egg [...]

Something Good to Say

The Eighth Commandment is easy to break. After all, your grandma’s purple hair is just begging to be made fun of. But it’s a commandment [...]

Learning by Heart

We've all complained about having to memorize the catechism or hymns or Bible passages. It seems pretty pointless. After all, if we need to know something we can grab the book and look it up. But [...]

Hierarchy Among Friends

You've heard about the order of creation, but what does it really mean? Are mothers more powerful than children or bosses than employees? Or are we all really just equal in Christ? Pastor [...]

Guilt and Shame Removed

It's an all too familiar feeling. You've done something wrong, you've repented, but you just can't seem to shake the guilt. Has God rally forgiven you sin? And if He has, why do you still feel [...]

Friends in Heaven

Sometimes it's hard to imagine what heaven will be like. Will you know who your grandma is? Will you still have brown hair? Will you be able to crack jokes? Will the magazine staff still be [...]

Stick a Bible in My Eye

You hear it everywhere--in the mall, at school, during volleyball practice. Sometimes it just slips out. Other times it's very deliberate. But any way you cut it, taking the Lord's name in vain, [...]