Why Christian News? There are many less than compelling reasons to continue Christian News: just because it is 57 years old and people are used to receiving it; for the memory of Herman Otten and his work; to relive the glory days of Christianity in America and the LCMS; as a tribute to the steadfastness … Continue reading Why Christian News?
A Pastoral Response to President Harrison’s Statement on Recent Online Unchristian Teachings and Disturbing Ideologies
President Harrison recently made a public statement regarding the online behavior of certain individuals expressing “alt-right” ideologies. You may or may not know, but it is high election season in the LCMS. Nominations for president are coming to a close and elections are just around the corner (to be done online by every congregation) before … Continue reading A Pastoral Response to President Harrison’s Statement on Recent Online Unchristian Teachings and Disturbing Ideologies
Abortion Supporter to speak at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis Multiethnic Symposium
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis has just announced the lineup for its "Multiethnic Symposium" to be held May 2-3, 2023 under the theme "Hope for the Church, Hope for the Future". The announcement begins: "Generation is an important word in Scripture. Since the beginning, God has been creating and gathering for Himself a people whom He … Continue reading Abortion Supporter to speak at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis Multiethnic Symposium
Sleeping on a Bench
Barbara Marquart Johnson It was that time again. Our seminary professors were scheduled throughout the year to go to Russia, to our seminary there, to teach. It was Kurt’s turn, and as usual, he had a dozen things to wrap up before he could be gone. There had to be a student in charge of … Continue reading Sleeping on a Bench
Living in the Post-Christian World
Rev. Daniel Fleischer “Post-Christianity is the loss of the primacy of the Christian worldview in public affairs, especially in the Western world where Christianity had previously flourished, in favor of alternative worldviews such as secularism, nationalism, environmentalism and militant atheism amongst many other ideologies.” The above online definition of post-Christianity is more succinctly described by … Continue reading Living in the Post-Christian World
The Sentimentality of Brutality
The unfortunate injury to Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin became a singular conduit for the outpouring of much rich, sugary sympathy. While it was not a happy event, the lengths people went to speak of their care, support, and feeling went beyond what the situation required. How many knew this player before his injury or … Continue reading The Sentimentality of Brutality
Reflecting the Image of God
Rev. Daniel Fleischer On the 5th day God had created the fish of the sea, and the birds of the air. On the 6th day He created “’the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind’; and it was so” (Genesis 1:24). After the Triune … Continue reading Reflecting the Image of God
Old Snake Sheds His Skin… Again
John Kuhn Bleimaier The father of all lies has been with us from the beginning. John 8:44. He has been the bane of the human condition and perennially seeks to work us woe. Satan constantly appeals to humankind in different forms. At one point he is the bringer of light (lucifer) at another he is … Continue reading Old Snake Sheds His Skin… Again
“Why is She Crying?”
Barbara Marquart Johnson “There she comes now. She looks tired. Must have had a rugged week.” The two of them had been waiting outside the church door to greet Barbara as she came out to go home. Since she has to use a white board to communicate, many people are reluctant to hold her up … Continue reading “Why is She Crying?”
This I Recall
BARBARA MARQUART JOHNSTON Pastors may recall the name of the journal that used to be sent to subscribers, offering advice about how to improve their sermons, and some hints of topics. I was never told why, but one quarter, it was sent to me with a cover letter asking if I would submit an article … Continue reading This I Recall
Jesus is Lord!
John M. Drickamer People say, “You have to accept Jesus as Savior and Lord!” Aside from the proud, free-will implication of the word “accept,” what bothers me is the emphasis they put on the term “Lord.” They mean it in the sense of “boss” or “ruler.” The idea is that for salvation it is not … Continue reading Jesus is Lord!