Posts with the category “digging-deeper”
Digging Deeper: Remembering Muhlenberg
by Katie Hill on October 7th, 2020
I'm willing to bet you aren't aware that the Lutheran Service Book sets aside October 7 as a day to commemorate the life of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg who was born more than 300 years ago. We in fact remember him as the Father of American Lutheranism. As a colonial era missionary from Germany to the American colonies, Muhlenberg faced many unique and challenging obstacles in his service to our Lord's Church.
Digging Deeper: Military Service and the Two Kingdoms
by Katie Hill on October 2nd, 2020
The Kingdom of the Left flows from the Kingdom of the Right. Here God gives humanity the right to rule. But it comes with responsibilities. The Left can never subordinate the Right. The Left is responsible to allow the Gospel to spread unfettered. The Left is given authority to punish crimes, wage war, and protect its citizens, which is where military service as a vocation comes into play.
Digging Deeper: Religion vs. Relationship
by Katie Hill on September 23rd, 2020
It is true that Christianity is a unique religion. Because of Jesus' gift of salvation and forgiveness, freely given by grace, we have something that can be found nowhere else. Christianity is God reaching out to save man, not man trying to figure out a way to reach God.
Digging Deeper: True Confession
by Katie Hill on September 15th, 2020
While a confession of faith may take place spontaneously in response to hearing God's Word, Christians have often made formal confessions of their faith, such as a public recitation of the Nicene Creed during the divine service. It is often during times of persecution or the growth of false teachings that the church has found it necessary to formulate its creeds and confessions.
Digging Deeper: Metaphors, Grammar, and Scripture, Oh My!
by Katie Hill on August 31st, 2020
Words, grammar, and language are not only important in our daily lives at school or work, but in our Christian lives as well. Words matter. Theological words have important definitions, meanings, and significance in the Christian faith. This is one reason why Martin Luther filled his Small Catechism with a simple, yet memorable question: "What does this mean?"
Digging Deeper: But It's Not Fair!
by Katie Hill on August 20th, 2020
Vocations aren't about our wants or our rights. They're the ways we're given to serve the people around us. They're not about what we want; they're about what our neighbors need. Sometimes we don't even get to use those wonderful abilities we pride ourselves on; we have to serve people we don't even like. Sometimes we are even served by people who aren't as skilled at doing the tasks of their vocations as we would be.
Digging Deeper: Theology--Gotta Love It
by Katie Hill on August 11th, 2020
The study of theology is, above all else, a gift that is meant to be delivered to and enjoyed by all the saints, congregations, the Church itself—and to you.
Digging Deeper: Spiriligiosity
by Katie Hill on July 24th, 2020
Why do some people say they are "spiritual" but not "religious"? The short answer: They're lying.
Digging Deeper: Approaching Feminism with the Mind of Christ
by Katie Hill on July 13th, 2020
If we use the mind of Christ as we address feminism, we are freed from the demands of acceptance or rejection of an "-ism", and instead are able to listen to our neighbors, hear how they are suffering, and consider whether there are unnecessary burdens we can help lift with the easy yoke of the Gospel.
Digging Deeper: Mixing It Up with Religion and Politics
by Katie Hill on July 1st, 2020
It's very important to keep in mind one last thing: Politics is temporal; faith in Christ is eternal. The kingdoms of this world, including our own, will all pass away and are destined for destruction. But the kingdom of Christ will never pass away.
Digging Deeper: By Design: Creation and Redemption
by Katie Hill on June 26th, 2020
The number of seeming complex coincidences from Genesis through the Book of Ruth and extending through the New Testament Gospels make it unreasonable to ignore the obvious design for redemption that God worked over thousands of years.
Digging Deeper: Why?
by Sandra Madden on May 29th, 2020
"Why?" many will ask. "If God's in charge, then why? If the universe is so intricately and intelligently designed, then why? Why didn't God stick His Designer's hand in front of the whirlwind and make it go back out to sea?
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