How does God speak? Enthusiasts believe that the Holy Spirit speaks apart from the External Word of God (the Scriptures). The Smalcald Articles, part of the Lutheran Confessions, answer:
n these matters, which concern the external, spoken Word, we must hold firmly to the conviction that God gives no one his Spirit or grace except through or with the external Word which comes before.
How you answer this question has big implications on your Christianity.
Why did all the 10 virgins of Matthew 25 fall asleep? If Pope Francis is right and all religions are good, then why did Jesus condemn and malign the priests and scribes of his day? To what was the Lord referring when he said, "Come out of her my people"? What were the days of [...]
S ome people seem instinctively to know how to make their way through the world. That's never been the case with me. I stumble. Yet through it all my longing has always been to understand why we're here, how things got this way, and what we can do to find a better way. Read the [...]
W hen God at first made man, Having a glass of blessings standing by, "Let us," said he, "pour on him all we can. Let the world's riches, which disperséd lie, Contract into a span." So strength first made a way; Then beauty flowed, then wisdom, honor, pleasure. When almost all was out, God [...]
M ay you remember today this wonderful gift granted through faith in Jesus Christ. By grace I'm saved, grace free and boundless by Christian Scheidt, 1709-1761. "By Grace I'm Saved, Grace Free and Boundless" by Christian L. Scheidt, 1709-1761 By grace I'm saved, grace free and boundless; My soul, believe and doubt it not. Why [...]
H ave you ever found yourself accepting a Christian tract? Perhaps your reaction is something like mine. I first attempt to make eye contact. This is harder than you might think. In my neighborhood the people handing out tracts often have the look of high school kids forced to be in afterschool detention. I then [...]
T his is what one non-Christian with integrity thinks of Christians. It may surprise you.
H ow would you answer the question, "What does it mean to be a Christian?" Here's my attempt at a succinct answer, with a little help from the Lutheran Reformer Philipp Melanchthon. Take a look and let me know what you think.
Originally published 31 Mar 2016 as Mishmash 17 W hen we're forced to witness the ideological violence of younger Americans, it's sometimes hard to make sense of what's going on. These isolated events are data points or markers of the underlying shift which has already taken place. The idea of political correctness is familiar to [...]