For a long time, well-intentioned pastors and college evangelists have applied Jesus’ words from Revelation 3:20 to the unconverted.
Font to Table: Why Do So Many Churches Have Red Doors?
The red door was fair warning to pursuers that they could proceed no further.
Woe is Me: A Different Kind of Spiritual Experience
That’s where a true encounter with God leaves you. Unable to point the finger at anyone else, all you can do is fall on your face, confess your sin, be absolved, and join the angels in singing, “Holy, holy, holy.”
Let the Little Children Come to Me: A Sanctuary for Children
“In a culture that promotes self-interest, children in church learn that something much bigger and more important than themselves is going on in their midst."
A Reformation Question: Can the Finite Bear the Infinite?
This emphasis in Luther also applied to his understanding of the sacraments, and particularly comes out in his writings on the Lord’s Supper in his Large Catechism.
What's The Big Deal About The Liturgy? (Part 6: Good News)
Many Christians (including preachers) have succumbed to the idea that good preaching must be about practical living, and so most sermons are geared to scratch this pragmatic itch.
What's The Big Deal About The Liturgy? (Part 4: The Dialect of Worship)
We are continuing our summer series on a theology of worship through the lens of language. Before moving forward, let me highlight a few points by way of review.
What's The Big Deal About The Liturgy? (Part 3: The Syntax of Worship)
Like any language, the liturgy has syntax—a structure that provides order and intelligibly communicates meaning through all that is said.
What's The Big Deal About The Liturgy? (Part 1: Basic Grammar)
Over the next few months, I invite you to join me in looking at what the Bible and the Lutheran Confessions have to say about the subject of worship through the lens of language.
Wittenberg vs. Geneva
On this episode, the Thinking Fellows do things differently. Deviating from the typical Loci topics, the guys interview Pastor Brian Thomas. Brian Thomas is the author of 1517 the Legacy Project's latest book Wittenberg vs. Geneva. The Fellows talk about…
Good Grief: An Unexpected Journey through the Psalms of Lament
Without getting into specifics, I have suffered a loss that seemed at times unbearable. I cried. I pleaded. I questioned. I prayed. I drank. Rinse. Repeat.
Crowded House: The Unexpected Home of Martin Luther
As Luther’s efforts at reform began to build, so did the vacancies in monasteries and convents across Europe as monks and nuns motivated by evangelical teaching left their orders for other vocations and opportunities, including marriage.