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
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Furthermore, it is taught that we cannot obtain forgiveness of sin and righteousness before God through our merit, work, or satisfactions, but that we receive forgiveness of sin and become righteous before God out of grace for Christ’s sake through faith when we believe that Christ has suffered for … More The Augsburg Confession
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I’m writing this letter to you on the day after the Festival of the Ascension, which celebrates the day that Jesus ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father. It occurs 40 days after Easter (which always ends up being a Thursday), and then … More Ascension Day: Why?
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, My catechism students are required to do eight sermon reports each year. Listening to a sermon, and discerning what makes a good sermon, is a skill. It’s a skill that can be learned, honed and practiced. I use a 4 question tool to evaluate sermons. I got it from … More Listening to a Sermon
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, There is a lot of fear for the future of the church. We fear that our numbers are getting smaller, the hairs are getting greyer, the pastors are getting fewer, and the pool of money is thinning. Indeed, there are times when I look at the state of the … More Do Not Fear, Only Believe
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I found this on the web a little while ago from a brother in Christ, Pastor Johannes Nieminen, who shepherds a dual parish in Melville and Neudorf, Saskatchewan. Numbers are so much of what drives so much of our world, but we give thanks to God that numbers are … More The Numbers