Despite concerns over a number of recent decisions by the US Supreme Court, a number of protections for religious liberty are still in place.
Thousands of Lutherans have been driven out of their communities, lost their homes and all of their belongings, and must live in refugee camps.
If the only place the church could gather to hear the Word and receive the Sacraments was a [catacomb/graveyard/prison camp], would I go?
Three simple words, but words that cause the devil to rage, words that cost countless lives, words that are on our lips. What is it about these words, this simple confession, “Jesus is Lord,” that has so much power?
The court voted 6-3 to add sexual orientation, gender identity and transsexual status to the civil rights law, with only Justices Thomas, Kavanaugh and Alito dissenting.
A recent poll found that 80% of Americans believe the country is “spiraling out of control.”
We Lutherans speak quite a bit about the second use of the Law (as a mirror) and the third use of the Law (as a guide), but we also need to reflect on the first use of the Law (as a curb).
In 1755, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Lisbon, Portugal, on All Saints’ Day, terrorizing the city of 250,000. Churches were full when the first tremor struck. Many perished in collapsing churches.
We do not often think of a funeral as the best time for reflection on the Small Catechism. However, when I conducted my first funeral as a young pastor, I was struck by just how appropriate Luther’s explanation to the Seventh Petition of the Lord’s Prayer was for just such an occasion. I not only incorporated it into my first funeral sermon but also led the congregation in a recitation of it then and at every subsequent funeral service.
Christian love is defined by Christ and follows His example as confessed in 1 Corinthians 13. Christian love lives entirely for someone else.
Thoughts from the midst of the virus by Derek Lecakes. Life has changed.
Five common objections to Jesus’ resurrection and suggestions for countering them with simple explanations.