The parable of the wedding banquet in Matthew hinges on whether a guy is wearing the right costume for the party.
Unimagined Freedom and Forgiveness in Hamilton
In the quiet of your own uptown, where your own sins bear down on you and create a troubled conscience before the world, before others, and before God, your Lord reaches across the chasm of brokenness to take your hand.
Bible Stories Too Dangerous for Sunday Morning
Dangerous Bible stories show us a God who has no problem whatsoever using the muck and mire of our worst days to make his progress toward his good goal happen.
Elisabeth Cruciger: Hymn Writer of the Reformation
Elisabeth Cruciger is the first female Lutheran hymn writer. In fact, her hymn was included in the very first evangelical hymnal, published in 1524. With her life and her hymn, she becomes a witness, an example, and a proclaimer of the gospel to us almost 500 years later.
Temptation’s Green Pastures: The Sixth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer
The gospel promise is that God in Christ knows exactly what your temptations are and still bids you find protection from them in him.
Luther's Counsel for the Sick and Dying
As usual, Luther took what he received and turned it inside-out, so that it shifted from a series of demands and became a bestowal of God’s gracious promise.
Ken Jones: The Unforgivable sin
In April of 2019, Christ Hold Fast held a one-day event in Des Moines, Iowa focused on The Hard Sayings of Jesus. Speakers from around the country came together to speak to this topic.
The Treacherous Territory of Preaching Thanksgiving
We are awfully close to the tipping point where Thanksgiving falls completely into the clutches of the advertising world. Where the holiday is treated as just another excuse to get you to buy more stuff and accumulate more goods.
Smashing Babies and Scarred Hands
Whatever loss you’ve undergone, whatever grief resides in the hollow of your heart, however much it seems like God has abandoned you, God sees that void as the place he wants to fill with new life and mercy.
A Look at True Proclamation of the Gospel
The Confessions instead look forward and provide a critique of the world and of all my various religions and idolatries.