Confession and Absolution (5th Chief Part)

St. John writes in 1 John 1:8-9, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” These words confront us with the terrifying reality that … Continue reading Confession and Absolution (5th Chief Part)

Baptismal Theology (4th Chief Part)

Having now finished the first three chief parts of common Christian doctrine, we now turn our attention to the treasured and precious gift of Holy Baptism. Here in simple water, usually drawn from the faucet, God places his Holy Word, that is his name. And where God’s name is, he promises to be for us … Continue reading Baptismal Theology (4th Chief Part)

Lord’s Prayer Theology (3rd Chief Part)

Prayer is a necessary part of the Christian life. For even though we now know what we must do (Ten Commandments) and what we must believe (Apostles’ Creed), the fact remains that the devil, the world, and our own sinful nature are constantly at war with us. Therefore “we must pray that God would give, … Continue reading Lord’s Prayer Theology (3rd Chief Part)

Apostles’ Creed Theology (2nd Chief Part)

“Thus far we have heard the first part of Christian teaching (Ten Commandments), and in it we have seen all that God wishes us to do and not to do. The Creed properly follows, which sets forth all that we must expect and receive from God; in short, it teaches us to know him perfectly. … Continue reading Apostles’ Creed Theology (2nd Chief Part)

Looking in The Mirror

I have been watching and listening to news, to Facebook, and to people interacting with each other today. And after seeing how we, as a county and we as individuals are handling an election, specifically assuming the worse of each other, slandering each other, debasing and insulting each other, treating each other like if you … Continue reading Looking in The Mirror

Stop The Lie: God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle

"God will not give you more than you can bear." I cannot tell you how many times I hear Christians comforting one another with these words in the face of inconceivable amounts of pain and suffering: a messy divorce, suicide, rape, a shooting, theft, adultery; depression, anxiety, cancer, AIDS, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, dementia; a stroke, a … Continue reading Stop The Lie: God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle