And yet, there is a candle in the darkness. The light of Christ is burning, and the dawn of resurrection is glowing on the horizon.
Luther’s Reformation insights did not come in one fell swoop on October 31, 1517. Far from it. The indulgence controversy pushed him forward and into Scripture.
How shall we live as Lutherans? “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances” (1 THESS. 5:16–18).
The Lutheran Confessions give us a firm place to stand as we consider the world in all its complexity.
Several references tell of Luther’s great struggle – the struggle we all face in times of death.
What joy is ours as resurrection people to participate is Christ’s own great mission of seeking, finding and saving the lost!
My reason follows after, in the wake of faith, and convinces me that the universe is simply too ordered and too complex to exist by chance.
Learn Luther’s method of prayer, which interestingly encompasses both rote and free prayer!
Jesus comes to [John the Baptist] at the Jordan from Galilee and desires to be baptized [Matt. 3:13]. How marvelously backward this is!
Wherever the Gospel and Sacraments are—enough to bring people to true faith in the true Jesus—there is the Church.
So it is with marriage. You won’t get very far trying to travel alone in a relationship, talking to yourself, or at someone else.
Read one Synod president’s words, which comprise a beautiful, urgent admonition for synod conventions to be, above all, doctrinal and to be doctrinal in order to be about mission.