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 [...]
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:32) T his hymn was composed by pastor Johann Michael Altenburg in 1631 after having been forced to flee his home and ministry in Som-merda in time of war.1 In regard to translator Catherine Winkworth, Charles Hutchins has [...]
T homas Haweis's inspiration for this hymn is the last chapter of the book of Nehemiah. The people of God did not know they were forbidden to bring Ammonites and Moabites into the congregation. Their worship-leader Eliashib had even prepared a room in the court of God's house to make it more comfortable for the [...]
D ear (name withheld), In your letter you talk about the anxiety you feel about demons. There are many things in this world which are hard to understand. But if you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and have faith that he died on the cross for your sins, then you are safe, no matter [...]
P ray to the Lord of the harvest for the younger generation, that he would send forth laborers. For how can they hear without a preacher? source And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among [...]
T his hymn by Martin Franzmann, 1907-1976, is listed as one of the top 25 hymns Lutherans love to sing, according to this site. May it refresh in all of us today a sense of gratitude for his Word. May God richly bless you today as you worship him. Amen. 1 Thy strong word did [...]
W hen a person is reconciled to God by believing in Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins, he becomes a new creature. But the inherited desire to sin remains. This is concupiscence. Concupiscence is evil desire, meaning that we never get over our tendency to be envious, contentious, greedy, self-centered, ill-tempered, and impatient. -Pastor Greg [...]