The Pope, despite his obvious flaws and meeting the biblical criteria for being the anti-Christ, diagnoses the problem well: the pandemic has revealed sinful hearts that are unstable and unprepared for death and punishment. But feeling or touching another’s pain does beget healing. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which … Continue reading Pope Francis: A Crisis Reveals What Is in Our Hearts
“The birth of Christ is the greatest event in the annals of time. When the dawn of the world broke and the morning stars sang together, man came forth from God; designed for dominion he became a slave; born for life, he fell into the abyss of death; offspring of infinite goodness he stained his … Continue reading The Birth of Christ
While claiming to not be a religion, worship rites and generic, non-trinitarian names for God, say otherwise. While civil works are not bad, they still condemn before the holy God and offer no salvation, just like all man-made religions. The issue of membership in religious lodges was a clear division between Lutheran churches in the … Continue reading Freemasons Say They’re Needed Now More Than Ever. So Why Are Their Ranks Dwindling?
Perhaps the path to healing begins with three simple words: Are you OK? Saying things will be ok in this world gives false comfort. They have not been ok this year or in our lives, and will not be ok as long as sin, satan, and death have their way with us. There is nothing … Continue reading The Losses We Share
It is hard to believe this piece by Rev. Matthew O. Staneck (in Lutheran Forum, Summer 2020) was written by an LCMS pastor (Saint John Lutheran, Glendale, NY). He is also listed as a Concordia College-New York Regent since 2018. It is not a Lutheran case, because it is not Christian. According to the LCMS … Continue reading A Lutheran Case for Reparations?
John 6 has been controverted within conservative Lutheran circles in recent decades, specifically verses 53-56: So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood … Continue reading John 6 Errors Perpetrated in CPH’s Concordia Commentary: John 1:1-7:1 by Weinrich
Dear saints of God, Health is a fleeting thing for the dying. Trying to save your own life—at all costs—means denying the righteous life Jesus lived for us. While the virus-induced pandemic is a tragedy we pray for an end to, it has put many souls in jeopardy. This is the greatest risk: the loss … Continue reading A Pastoral Letter in the on-going Pandemic
Most all agree, in principle, that we should love and help our neighbors. But the purveyors of racial justice have grouped disparate people together by a very superficial and difficult to define characteristic. The biblical justification for leaders pushing this agenda in the church (Lutherans for Racial Justice, for example in the LCMS) is the … Continue reading Who is my Neighbor and who should I Love in Turbulent and Troubling Times?
Pastor Paul Harris Trinity Lutheran, Austin, TX Originally Published June 6, 2020 in Christian News PDF File:Download According to Wikipedia: “The Bosporus or Bosphorus is a narrow, natural strait and an internationally significant waterway located in northwestern Turkey. It forms part of the continental boundary between Europe and Asia, and divides Turkey by separating Anatolia … Continue reading Lutherans Going East: If You’re Going to Run Through the Bosporus Give Heed to CCR
Free speech is oftentimes simply an excuse to say anything of a divisive or offensive nature. But “free” does not mean that words do not have consequences. Rather, it is that the words and the ideas they express should stand on their own. External power, rule, pressure, and influence seem more useful, but when connected … Continue reading Free Speech in Society and in the Church