When a manager faces imminent termination by his wealthy master for mishandling his wealth, what will he do? Where can he turn? In this challenging parable, Jesus teaches us that our salvation lies outside of ourselves and our works.
Let’s Go to Dark Gethsemane
So let’s go to dark Gethsemane. For there we see that even in his greatest moment of weakness, Jesus is our only source of strength. He drinks the cup of wrath so we can drink the cup of grace.
Cutting Hair and Saying Prayers: Luther on When, How, and What to Prayer
When Luther's barber, Peter Beskendorf, asked him how to pray, Luther wrote him an open letter that has become a classic expression of the "when, how, and what" of prayer. It is as instructive today as when it was first penned it in 1535.
The Root of It All: The Fifth Petition of the Lord's Prayer
This petition is proof that the Christian life is not a practice in perfectionism. Rather, it is a life of dying and rising, lived under the cross of Christ, in the continual forgiveness of our sins.
The Introduction: Our Father Who Art in Heaven
This article begins an eight-part series inspired by the Lenten themes of catechesis, prayer, and repentance found in the Lord’s Prayer as Luther taught it in his Small Catechism.
The Promises of Advent: Suffered and Died
Should we really be surprised that it would happen this way, that the servant would suffer for our salvation and die for our forgiveness?
Give Us This Day Our Daily Thanksgiving
To pray that God’s name is hallowed among us is to pray for the continual proclamation of the gospel in truth and purity that we would hear the word about Christ crucified for sinners.
On Freedom in Christ and the Parable of the Forgiving Father
Like the younger son, we can return to our Father every time our sinful hearts rebel against him. Like the older brother, we can complain and lament to our Father without fear of being destroyed.
Confessing the Father's Confession About the Son
When it comes to confessing the truth of the Christian faith, Christians are given the words. We don’t have to formulate them ourselves.
Our Righteous Doorman: A Reflection on 1 John 2:1–6
We walk to the cross by the faith that God bestows on us, not by our own power, reason, or might.
A Spirit-Wrought Confession in the Midst of Suffering
In the midst of our suffering, grief, and distress, David gives us words to confess.