The shepherds are the most unlikely people to play the role the angels cast them in.
The Beatitudes are Ridiculous
Look the judge in the eye and pin your sin on Jesus, the divine judge’s son. Jesus knows you can’t do it, so he trades places with you and pits himself against God’s righteous demands.
Luther, Jesus’ Body, and a Troubled Conscience
Luther saw that God demands not that we become perfectly righteous like God but that we simply receive the gift of righteousness; a gift that actually makes us worthy.
Relax, It's Me: How Jesus Saves Us From Doubt and Despair
For those of us who recognize the disciples’ despair in ourselves, Jesus comes with the same word: “Relax, it’s me. Peace be with you.”
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.