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…

We Are All Equal

Romans 3:23, For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. No one can say he is better than another person. I say this not to preach a message of equality—as is the liberal way—but to proclaim a deep theological truth about the reality of our human condition. We are all equal before…

God Hears and Answers

Jonah 2:2, I called out to the LORD, out of my distress, and He answered me. The Christian calls out to God, and He answers. The Christian recognises his heart is curved in upon itself—full of the dark, self-serving, and malicious part of us called sin—and in this recognition calls out to God. The Christian confronts…

Baptism Kills and Recreates

Romans 6:4, We were buried, therefore, with Him by baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. Baptism performs two things in us: it kills us in our sin and raises us as new creatures who…

The Gospel: Trick or Treat?

The day is finally here! Today marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation! Unfortunately, Reformation Day also falls on the same day as Halloween, so it gets overshadowed every year. Whilst we Lutherans remember the heart of the Reformation on this day as being justification by faith, kids are running around in their costumes, knocking…

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…

For Christ’s Sake

In the Bible Study I attend, we’ve been covering the Augsburg Confession in preparation for the anniversary of the Reformation. We just finished discussing Article XXVII on Monastic Vows, and even though I don’t have much experience with monks or nuns, and I don’t have reason to believe I’ll have much experience in the future,…