Confirmation introduced you to the Small Catechism. And it just got you started. Sometimes, thinking hard things can be kind of fun. There are a lot of big ideas that shape our worldviews and perspectives and those of the people around us. We often take them for granted. But we know you're up for the challenge of learning more about theology, history, philosophy and the like. Higher Things doesn't just help you set your mind on things above, we take you DIGGING DEEPER to challenge yourself and learn more than you thought you could.
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Digging Deeper: Religion vs. Relationship
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
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!
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!
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 voca...
Digging Deeper: Theology--Gotta Love It
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. ...