What is the purpose of trials in the Christian life?
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.
“Whether proclaimed by a layperson, preacher—indeed by the devil himself,” the Word does its work.
Christ has given us both spiritual priests and pastors. That’s His mission paradigm. When both are functioning as God has given, there is mutual love and complementary support.
Luther realized it was not about an active righteousness (our actions), but about a passive righteousness (God’s actions in Christ credited to us freely)!
The best place for us to get hold of what the Bible is and how to understand it is found in Jesus Himself. How does Jesus regard the Bible?