Rather than solving the tension, Lutherans embrace it.
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The God who piloted His people though storm and darkness, persecution and heresy is the God who raised Jesus from the dead.
We still need to reckon with the fact that though faith alone is the means by which salvation comes to us, the faith that saves us cannot be alone.
Both my children were born sinful, as we all are, and my birth plans for them failed. But God then provided the perfect birth plan for me, for them and for you: Holy Baptism.
To modern wisdom concerning Christian outreach, Jesus’ approach seems every bit as futile as scattering seed over thorny or rocky ground.
God creates each and every life, and He doesn’t make mistakes. Even people who require extra care and are not “productive” by our society’s standards — or perhaps especially these people — are created for God’s own glory and pleasure. Who are we to decide that the lives these people lead are not worth living?
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