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Tuesday of the First Week after Trinity

Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. (1 John 4:17)  [ read more ]

In Reflections // May 01, 2016

What Washing Feet and Changing Diapers have in Common

In this episode Pastor Brown and Thomas dive into the end-cap of Jesus' public ministry - a discourse on belief, unbelief, why Jesus and come, and who sent him. Then they get into Jesus' use of object lessons with the disciples, and what washing feet and changing diapers have in common.  [ read more ]

In Gospeled Boldly // May 31, 2016

Beautiful, Heartbreaking World

As Christians we can fully embrace both the beautiful and the heartbreaking. As Christians we can be real. We can give thanks and praise to God for the beautiful and receive it as gift. We can turn to God in our heartbreak and seek His love and forgiveness. We understand that God is not only with us in the beautiful, He is also with us in the brokenness. And that changes everything. No, it doesn't answer all the questions we may have, but it assures us even in the midst of them.  [ read more ]

In Articles // May 31, 2016

Episode 37: Pa pa pa pa pa pa poker...wait, Lady Gaga is a Christian? (Part 2)

Many people were shocked when Lady Gaga posted a picture of herself with her family priest and claimed to be a faithful Catholic who believes in Jesus and the Gospel. Did Christians rejoice in her confession of faith, or did we leap to dissect her statement because there's no way it can actually be true?
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In Simulcast // May 25, 2016

The Liturgy is the MOST Evangelical Service

On today's HT Video Short, Pastor George Borghardt teaches us that the Liturgy preaches the Gospel. Church isn't there to entertain you or to make you comfortable, but to deliver the forgiveness of sins.  [ read more ]

In Video Shorts // May 26, 2016

A Rightly Ordered Call

Our churches teach that no one should publicly teach in the Church, or administer the Sacraments, without a rightly ordered call (Augsburg Confession XIV). One short sentence is all we get for the 14th article of the Augsburg Confession. The only thing it says about order in the Church is that it should be ordered. That's a bit redundant. So what does it mean by "a rightly ordered call?" The 14th article of the Augsburg Confession doesn't elaborate much, but you can think of it as including three things: preparation and examination, call, and ordination.  [ read more ]

In Articles // May 26, 2016

Episode 36: Pa pa pa pa pa pa poker...wait, Lady Gaga is a Christian? (Part 1)

Many people were shocked when Lady Gaga posted a picture of herself with her family priest and claimed to be a faithful Catholic who believes in Jesus and the Gospel. Did Christians rejoice in her confession of faith, or did we leap to dissect her statement because there's no way it can actually be true?
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In Simulcast // May 25, 2016

Taking Another Look at Gospel Freedom

One day, I rediscovered a book from my Lutheran school days. Yes, in a strange twist I, an Orthodox Christian, attended Lutheran schools. I cracked it open and it led me to another book and then to another book. Finally, I came to the conclusion that the confirmation classes I had taken in 7th and 8th grade might have the insight that I so desperately needed.  [ read more ]

In Articles // May 25, 2016

Be a True Rebel

Now there will always be something strangely attractive about being young and rebellious. In fact, you may not realize it, but I think those of you who still attend your grandpa's church and Higher Things® conferences are a different kind of rebel. You, my friends, are the true rebels.  [ read more ]

In Articles // May 24, 2016

Get in the Word

It's a big, wide world out there, full of lots of ugliness and lies and falsehoods, even from folks claiming to speak for God. Be in the Word, because it's not by your own reason or strength that you'll get by. Rather, the Holy Spirit will call you by the Gospel, enlighten you with His gifts, sanctify and keep you in the truth faith. And the Spirit does this by taking that Word and using it in His Church to daily and richly forgive all your sins. If that's not what you're getting, then it's not for you. You, be in the Word. That's where God keeps you safe.  [ read more ]

In Articles // May 23, 2016

Christ In, With, and Through the Church

Church is the place where you belong, but not because of the music, activities, or programs that may be offered. You belong in the church because you are a sinner. You belong in the church and have been placed into the church because you are a redeemed and baptized child of God.  [ read more ]

In Articles // May 21, 2016

Episode 21: The Triumphal Entry

Pastor Brown and Thomas embark on a discussion of the triumphal entry, and what the Jewish throngs in attendance might have been expecting. Then they discover how Jesus handles questions from the Greeks who have come to figure Jesus out. Last, they talk about the concept of glory, and how John's idea of glory differs from that of most, and the unbelief of the people who prefer a different sort of glory.  [ read more ]

In Gospeled Boldly // May 19, 2016