Under the Cross
Life in this fallen world can be hard. Sin affects us in so many cruel ways. Depression, anxiety, addiction, suicide, self-harm, abuse, sexuality, eating disorders...the list goes on. We become isolated by our secrets and they can all-too-easily overwhelm us at times. But they're not all there is. We still have hope. The Gospel means something. Jesus dying for us has to matter...it just has to. In Baptism, we lay our cares on Him. Living out our lives UNDER THE CROSS means living in the hope of the Gospel in spite of our suffering.
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Under the Cross: Who Do You Say That I Am?
September 18th, 2020
We figure we need weapons because honestly, this world looks like hell. We all see it. Christians and unbelievers alike. From the pain of the standards you know you’ll never reach no matter how hard you try, to the bitterness you hold towards those who stand over you and never seem to be happy with what you’ve done. From the shame of knowing what’s right and falling so short of it yourself, to the...
Under the Cross: The Morality of Consent
September 4th, 2020
Jesus Christ has rescued us from this world's morality. Even if we were to suffer for doing what is truly right in God's sight, we have this assurance and consolation: Jesus works all things out for our good....
Under the Cross: She Only Calls Him Lord
August 26th, 2020
You can't wrestle with someone who won't be near you in the first place. In this Canaanite woman's time of need, there sits God. So she grabs on and won't let go. Faith sees a lot of "yes" hidden in God's "no" because it starts with the promise that God is good....
Under the Cross: There's No Shame in Baptism
August 17th, 2020
When it comes to shame, that's our worst fear. I don't want anyone to see it. I'd rather talk about looking humble. I'd rather talk about why it's not my fault. I still feel like trash, but I can at least pretend that nobody sees it. Except God does. He rips it open for all to see. He hangs it on a cross for you. Jesus bore it there for you. ...
Under the Cross: Brave New World
August 10th, 2020
As you read through this column, remember one unchanging truth: By virtue of your Holy Baptism, you are Christ's, and no matter what highs or lows you experience this next year, He is always there for you, in Word and Sacrament. Whatever your struggle is, He has taken care of your biggest challenge ever—having conquered sin, death and the devil on your behalf....