Posts from April 2018

Posts from April 2018

READY OR NOT?

There are two kinds of people in this world – those who are ready, and those who are not.   For some folks, being ready is an obsession.  Some have their Christmas shopping done in July, their Christmas cookies in the freezer by Thanksgiving, their supper menu planned out two weeks in advance.  On the other end of the scale are those who do their Christmas shopping on…

WHERE IS THIS WRITTEN?

In the second chapter of his second letter, Peter releases a blistering attack on false teachers.  We know that false doctrine is poisonous. We know that true doctrine is the only antidote.   In the Small Catechism Luther was accustomed to ask:  “Where is this written?”  He then set down the Bible passages where a given doctrine or teaching was found.  By way of review…

WHO SAYS?

“Who says I can’t drive 95 on the Interstate?”  Probably the wrong question to ask the trooper who pulled you over.   “Who says I can’t use pine tar when I’m pitching against the opposing team?”  Best not to say that to the umpire. “Who says I can’t holler ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theater?”   The district attorney may tell you who says so. “Who says it’s time to come in from…

BACK TO THE BIBLE!

The preacher today will do something he does every Sunday.  He will walk up the pulpit steps, open the Bible, read from it and preach on it as the very word of God. But you must not assume that this is the case in every church or even in the majority of churches across our land.  Let us not be naïve about this. A massive number of mainline denominations deny everything…

DEAD HERO OR LIVING LORD?

The Jehovah’s Witnesses were making the rounds again last week.  The lady at the parsonage door was unusually brief. She simply delivered an invitation to a special service for the coming week. An invitation to an Easter service?  Nope. The brochure said: “Please join us for the annual commemoration of the death of Jesus Christ.  The date, time, and location will be…