Chief of Sinners

2 Corinthians 6:1, We appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. Even Christians are the most grievous sinners against God. The great apostle Paul—once a murderer and persecutor—called himself the chief of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). What serious  Christian does not plead guilty before God as the chief of sinners? Every…

Remember, Remember, The Gift of Your Baptism

Today is November 5th, and you know what that means! Countless social media references to the famous V for Vendetta line, “Remember, remember, the fifth of November.” Why remember the fifth of November? In 17th century England, a man named Guy Fawkes devised a plot to blow up London’s Houses of Parliament on November 5, 1605, which…

Luther’s Search for Certainty

Today is Reformation Sunday where we observe Reformation Day on October 31st. Leading up to Reformation Day, there has been many gatherings—conventions, symposiums, etc.—focusing on Reformation themes with all sorts of German beer, bratwursts, and other good German food varieties. This Reformation Sunday probably follows more German beer and food! For the past year there has been…

“Here I Am!”

I’ve read the account of Paul’s conversion dozens of times, and every time I read it, I’m always struck by Paul’s/Saul’s statement, “Who are you, Lord” (Acts 9:5)? Jesus appeared to Paul, and he didn’t know who it was, so how did he have the sense to call Him Lord? In the commentary section, the…

Life After Death

John 11:17-27, Now when Jesus came, He found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Bethan was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to Him, but…

Cleansing

Job 14:4, “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean thing? There is not one.” Sometimes we make big messes that are hard to clean up—wine on our shirt or carpet, grease on our jeans after working on our car. What’s even worse is that sometimes our best efforts to clean up the mess…

“Why Do You Want to be A Pastor?”

I get asked this question often, and I was inevitably asked this question during my Michigan District interview as part of the process in applying for the LCMS seminary. When it comes down to it, I really just have a simple answer: Because of Jesus. Of course, that’s not a satisfactory answer for one probing at…