Posts from December 2014

Posts from December 2014

THOSE NOBLE BEREANS!

We rejoin the apostle Paul today on his second missionary journey.  Leaving behind the devout Lydia and the converted jailer in Philippi, Paul heads south from Macedonia toward Greece. There are two main stops along the way – Thessalonica and Berea. We run into an interesting statement about the folks at Berea:  “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the…

“NO OTHER FOUNDATION”

“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” asks the terrified jailer, cutting through all the other questions of life which pale in comparison.  “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved,” said the apostles. Paul said it elsewhere: “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” Our Lutheran Confessions call this “the chief…

“TREASURE IN JARS OF CLAY”

The old story goes that the newly-ordained pastor encountered the first death in his parish.  The local funeral director informed him there would be only a graveside committal service at a small country cemetery in Iowa.  Sadly, the deceased had no family or friends left in Iowa. The young pastor started early to the cemetery but got lost on the back roads.  Finally he…

THE ANTI-CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN

Billboards are appearing in six locations across the United States including Milwaukee, Nashville, Memphis, St. Louis, and in Arkansas and Texas. The billboards show a child wearing a Santa hat with pen in hand, writing a letter to Santa that reads, “Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is to skip church. I’m too old for fairy tales.” The group American…