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Digging Deeper: Remembering Muhlenberg
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...
Digging Deeper: Military Service and the Two Kingdoms
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
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?"...