clinging to our baptism

Luther reminds us that the promises made to us by God in baptism are not just for the moment we are baptized but go with us for our entire lives: Just as the truth of this divine promise [baptism], once pronounced over us, continues until death, so our faith in…

on Christmas

Today the Virgin gives birth to him who is above all being, and the earth offers a cave to him whom no one can approach. Angels with shepherds give glory, and magi journey with a star, for to us there has been born a little child, God before the ages…

on baptism and security

Therefore our Baptism abides forever; and even though some one should fall from it and sin, nevertheless we always have access thereto, that we may again subdue the old man. But we need not again be sprinkled with water; for though we were put under the water a hundred times…

advent: ready, set, wait

The new church year has begun. Advent is upon us with all its familiarity, hope, and joy. For most of us, the season of Advent is merely a run up to Christmas. A sanctified excuse to get caught up in the pre-Christmas madness that the rest of our secularized society…

Luther on God's promises

We must recognize that God's promises and commands are distinctly different. God's promises require faith. God's commands demand action. God's promises are absolute and will certainly happen because God himself carries them out. On the other hand, his commands are never fully obeyed. Peopled don't live up to God's standards…

the Boston Massacre and Ferguson, Missouri

Remember the Boston Massacre? I mean, do you remember reading about it in gradeschool? In case you don't, here is a quick synopsis, courtesy of Wikipedia: British troops had been stationed in Boston, capital of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, since 1768 in order to protect and support crown-appointed colonial…

whence the Evangelical fascination with Israel?

Paul would have scratched his head over the current Evangelical fascination with the modern secular state of Israel and its supposedly Bible-mandated right to do what it pleases with Palestine and its inhabitants. This way of reading the Bible misses the whole point of the story; it robs the biblical…

a plea: more than thanks on Veteran's Day

To my fellow brothers and sisters in arms, both those who have gone before and those who are still serving: Thank you. Thank you from a grateful nation. Thank you from those who take your sacrifice for granted. Thank you from those who mistakenly spurn your service instead of the…

Luther on God's use of means

In our day, in the time of the New Testament, God has given us Baptism, the Sacrament of the Altar, and absolution to bring Christ very close to us, so that we can have Him not only in our heart but also on our tongue, so that we can feel…

the problem with Forde, Paulson, et al (link)

There is a fantastic post over at Ded Orthodox Zeppelin that should be mandatory reading for Lutherans (or our sympathizers) of any ilk. The discussion centers on man's participation in sanctification...can't you already hear the cries of "Pietist! Pietist!" before you even click the link?! Here's a summary of…