Dear brothers & sisters in Christ, Last month we started a series of little sayings that are common in the Christian world. This month we turn the phrase, “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” This is a difficult phrase to parse out, and I confess, I have spoken too strongly against it in the past. … More God Hates Sin & Justifies the Sinner
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Over the next few months, I want to go over a few slogans, or cliches, that we often hear in the Christian church. The first that I would like to examine is the saying, “God isn’t going to give you more than you can handle.” First, let’s ask the … More God Gives You More Than You Can Handle
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.” Psalm 146:3 (ESV) Another election has come and gone. The campaign is over, and in that regard we can breathe a sigh of relief (I don’t think I’ve had more campaign calls … More Put Not Your Trust in Princes
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, This month we have the privilege of casting our vote for who will be writing the laws of our country. It’s really quite hard to miss out on the fact an election is going on with all the signs that litter the roadways and stand in supporters’ front yards. … More Christians & Elections
Dear brothers & sisters in Christ, Are you nothing more than an animal? Or are you a great work of God’s creation, placed on earth to care for it and those who are around you? Are you an accident of this world, a foreign element introduced to this biosphere that should’ve stayed in your natural … More How Important is Creation?
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Sometimes forgiveness doesn’t make sense. When a wife cheats on her husband and doesn’t know if she wants to end either the marriage or the affair, how much time should be offered? Should forgiveness be considered? When a child’s been abandoned by their father who suddenly shows up again, … More Forgiveness Doesn’t Make Sense
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Last month we dealt with how God creates Christian stewards. We discussed that stewards are made by the power of the Gospel as God works to recreate us who are born in the corruption of Adam, the fallen steward, into the image of His Son. The relationship and stewardship … More The Christian Steward’s Struggle
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and … More How Are Stewards Made?
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Over the next several months, I would like to use these newsletters to go over an introductory look at stewardship. At my previous parish, I did a series of three workshops on the subject of stewardship called “Our Life in Christ.” Much of the material that will be presented … More Intro to Stewardship
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Martin Luther formatted his Catechism in a very particular way. One Medieval Roman Catholic handbook for Christians went through Apostles’ Creed, then the Commandments, then to Christian living, which included hearing Mass, praying the Our Father, the Ave Maria, or the like, and a guide on Christian childbearing and … More The Our Father