After a minute or so of this, Todd asked, “Pastor, what do you think was going on?” I said, “When it’s time, it’s time. Todd, it’s time.”
We do not often think of a funeral as the best time for reflection on the Small Catechism. However, when I conducted my first funeral as a young pastor, I was struck by just how appropriate Luther’s explanation to the Seventh Petition of the Lord’s Prayer was for just such an occasion. I not only incorporated it into my first funeral sermon but also led the congregation in a recitation of it then and at every subsequent funeral service.
Christian love is defined by Christ and follows His example as confessed in 1 Corinthians 13. Christian love lives entirely for someone else.
Thoughts from the midst of the virus by Derek Lecakes Life has changed. We have…
The May Lutheran Witness, “In sickness and in health,” contains articles on the theology of marriage and weddings, and on the church’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pandemics and plagues have come and gone over the millennia. Christ has sustained His church.
Five common objections to Jesus’ resurrection and suggestions for countering them with simple explanations.
The April issue of The Lutheran Witness focuses on the significance and the defense of Scripture’s account of the resurrection.
The apostles were sent by Christ to bear witness to the world. Their words still bear witness to Christ’s resurrection.
Download and read Luther’s letter about the deadly plague.
In The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis helps us decipher many of the crafty ways the devil tries to tempt, mislead and deceive us.
Christ’s death paid the price for your sins so that even though you “patiently await” physical death, you wait with the hope of the resurrection.
The March issue of The Lutheran Witness explores the themes of fasting and temptation.
Jesus fasted for all of us as part of His obedience to the Law. But no doubt, He also fasted to keep His body, mind and spirit focused upon His Father and His mission.
Listening to sermons on Sunday morning often requires wrestling with my sinful flesh to focus on what the pastor is preaching. It’s not easy; it takes work.
Through hymns, the Gospel is carried to hearts and minds in music.