1. It is difficult to overestimate the importance of these early Lutheran hymns – and their physical availability in hymnals – in the piety of common people living in Lutheran towns and territories.
  2. The Battle of Frankenhausen stands as a warning for what can happen when we abandon the Word God has given us and chase after some vision of our own imaginations.
  3. The gospel is for sinners – both the tax collector and Pharisee, both in need of the Great Physician.
  4. God chose Russell Brand, chose to defy his fast-escaping life and drink up all his swift-running sin in the River Thames.
  5. The profound significance of Christ’s resurrection comes from the threefold justification it provides: it justifies the sinner, the sinner’s hope, and God himself.
  6. Five promises were seemingly all those apostles, staring into the sky, had to go on. Five promises that were more than enough.
  7. Elsewhere makes promises that can’t be kept, but God’s promises are secure, reliable, and certain.
  8. It's easy to have courage when things go well.
  9. The notion that your goodness is “good enough” to make you right with God is a lie straight from the father of lies himself.
  10. Like the serpent on the pole, God still puts real-life things up for us to look to for salvation.
  11. Bathed in the waters of baptism, you are placed in God's path of totality, a path he won for each and every one of us.
  12. Jesus continues to do the same for me and for you as he did for his disciples. He still shows up for us. He still speaks his peace to us.