The Fear of the Lord as Filial Fear: Part II. Fear and Love

This entire series is my 30-paged bachelor thesis I submitted to the theology department at Concordia University-Ann Arbor—a higher Lutheran education university—as part of the requirement to graduate from the Pre-Seminary programme. It has been reformatted to fit this blog. This is the second section of my paper. In part one, I discussed the three…

The Fear of the Lord as Filial Fear: Introduction

This entire series is my 30-paged bachelor thesis I submitted to the theology department at Concordia University-Ann Arbor—a higher Lutheran education university—as part of the requirement to graduate from the Pre-Seminary programme. It has been reformatted to fit this blog. What value is fear today? According to Scripture, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning…

Why Should I Go To Church?

As a future pastor, this question bugs me. I come across Christians from all different walks of life who somehow get it in their heads that since they’re Christian, church isn’t required. Actually, the opposite is true. Church is required because you’re Christian! If you’re not Christian, obviously church isn’t required. After all, why would an unbeliever…

His Love Endures Forever

Psalm 118:1, Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever! Often at funerals, whether we attend one ourselves or watch one on a fictional TV show, the minister will say something like this, “He will live on in the memory of his friends and family.” How depressing it…

Stop Expecting the Secular World to be Christlike

For the last several years, perhaps even decades and centuries, society has been increasingly ignoring and denying the reality of sin. In June 2015, for example, the U.S. Supreme Court ignored the sin of homosexuality and decided to legalise gay “marriage.” Also, instead of giving transgender people the psychological help they need, President Obama wrote…

God’s Very Heart

Philemon 12, I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart. Let me tell you a short parable: A mother gently lays her hand on her son’s clean-shaven cheek. She takes a hair off his cap, straightens his shirt a little bit, and as her fingers accidentally brush against the orders in his hand,…