Spring 2019

Volume 19/Number 1

This special topical issue “The Simul” has one goal in mind: that by the time you’ve read this magazine cover to cover you will have a solid handle on exactly what simul justus (or iustus) et peccator—simultaneously saint and sinner—is and what its implications are for you as a Christian. Not only that, we hope you’ll be passionately reminded to daily embrace your identity as a baptized child of God and be confident that it is Christ’s work and gifts that will sustain you in your battle weariness this side of Heaven. It is in Him you receive forgiveness in abundance and through His Word you encounter the reality of your true victory in Christ.

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Simul 101

Rev. George F. Borghardt

Rev. Borghardt takes us back to the basics of the reality of Christian life as he zeroes in on the very paradoxical nature of the Simul.


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The Law Is for You Even Now

Rev. Aaron T. Fenker

If you’re a saint, why do you need to bother with God’s Law? Rev. Fenker walks us through the three uses of the Law to help us understand the role God’s good Law plays in the life of a Christian.


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The Simul in the Old Testament

Rev. Donavon Riley

Rev. Riley demonstrates how the Simul is a key to understanding the underlying message of the entirety of the Scriptures, even the Old Testament: We are sinners in need of a savior who is Jesus Christ, in whom we have forgiveness and are brought from death to life.


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On Being “Simul”—New Software on Old Hardware

Rev. William M. Cwirla

We’ve all been frustrated with our computers at one point or another—it’s inevitable. That’s why Rev. Cwirla’s analogy works so well! You’ll heartily agree after reading the connection between software, hardware, and your life as a Christian.


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Christianity: Secret Battles & Inner Peace

Rev. Harrison Goodman

From the start to the end of Rev. Goodman’s article, there is one unmistakable theme: The battle we experience each and every day can’t negate our identity in Christ. When you’re in the throes of your battles (saint and sinner), remember you are baptized, and receive the forgiveness won for you.


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Well, Do You Believe or Not? Yes! Help!

Rev. Mark Buetow

Is it possible to believe and not believe at the same time? Well, when you’re simultaneously saint and sinner it sure is! How do we reconcile this? Rev. Buetow points us time and time again to Christ and His gifts!


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Good Guy or Bad Guy?

Rev. Samuel Schuldheisz

Some of the best works of literature we read are so relatable because the characters demonstrate the Simul so vividly. Rev. Schuldheisz cites numerous examples, all leading to the final encouraging word that this battle we fight within ourselves will not last forever.


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Find Your Rest

Rev. Gaven M. Mize

Rev. Mize uses the words of a comforting Lutheran hymn to remind us that when we confront the brutal reality of simul justus et peccator at a funeral, we can know there is ultimate peace to be found in our Baptisms and in the resurrection to come!


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Catechism: Liturgical Catechesis: Why Liturgy?

Rev. William M. Cwirla

Rev. Cwirla reminds us what a great gift the Liturgy is, for it is where our saint and sinner nature can be addressed so reliably and consistently.


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Bible Study: Secret Battles & Inner Peace

Higher Things

Be sure to check out this sample of one of our student Bible studies which links up with Rev. Harrison Goodman’s article on P. 12.
https://higherthings.org/magazine/article/christianity-secret-battles-inner-peace/


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A Victorious Life?

Rev. Eric Brown

What does “victorious Christian living” really mean? So often today we are led to believe that there can be ultimate victory over sin this side of heaven when, in fact, that is a lie. Rev. Brown emphatically points us to where our victory truly can be found: in the reality of our Baptism into the death and resurrection of Christ.


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