Posts from July 2018

Posts from July 2018

“WATCH YOUR STEP”

King Solomon penned a stunning line in the book of Ecclesiastes:  “Guard your steps when you go the house of God.” Watch your step!  Look out! Be careful when you go to church!  He posts a warning sign over our worship life like we might see at the door of a bus or at the top of a long winding staircase.  Watch your step! Danger! We might expect such a flashing, amber…

THE CONSOLATION OF BRETHREN

In one of our Lutheran Confessions, The Smalcald Articles, Martin Luther talks about the different ways in which the Gospel gives us counsel and help.   Predictably he says, “Through the spoken Word…Secondly, through Baptism, Thirdly, through the holy Sacrament of the Altar, Fourthly through the power of the keys.”  And then Luther adds this neat little phrase:  “And also…

GLEANINGS FROM GALATIANS

This week and next, our guest preacher, Pastor James Korthals, will focus on two texts from Paul’s letter to the Galatians.   Like Paul’s letter to the Romans, Galatians deals with the chief article of the Christian faith – justification by faith in Christ alone. But the tone of Galatians is far different than that of Romans.  The smoke of battle and the clatter of…

“THE WAY PEOPLE TALK”

Some years ago, a U.S. Cellular commercial used a humorous catch phrase to promote their product:  “The way people talk around here!” The way we talk reflects the way we think.  Sometimes, with tongue in cheek, and sometimes with surprising seriousness, people change the way they talk – in order to change the way people think about things. Someone gave a new name to…

SIN, DEATH AND THE DEVIL

We hear it in church often enough…and the children in our school hear it plenty – this business about “sin, death and the devil.” The “sin” is easy enough to spot – in our homes, in our hearts, on the playground.  And “death” forces us to admit its power as we carry loved ones to the cemetery. But when we teach the children to pray Luther’s morning and evening prayers –…