On Holy Ground

At the burning bush Moses was asked to take off his shoes because he was standing on holy ground. [1] Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. [2]…

Do We Need Another Reformation?

As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation today, some have wondered if it is time for another Reformation. In typical Lutheran fashion I would answer that question, “Yes and No.” No, in the sense that what Martin Luther taught starting 500 years ago is still true and is still being taught in many…

Harvest Time, Part Three

“What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:9, ESV) The missionaries to America that we have been focusing on during this mission series have what I call a heroic faith. They have endured much more than…

Harvest Time, Part Two

If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: [5] circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; [6] as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the…

Harvest Time, Part One

“From one man He has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed the exact times and places where they should live. God intended that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.…” Acts…

What To Expect When the Future Is Uncertain

Lutherans, and others who follow the teachings brought to light during the Reformation, will mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. As they do so they face a future that is uncertain. And, strangely enough, they are just fine with that. Luther and his supporters faced death threats throughout their…

Losing for a Living

How do you make a living? I’m not talking about your job. Yes, we have to have jobs to support ourselves but isn’t living something more substantial than the way we make our money? According to Jesus in Matthew 16:25, Christians make their living by losing: “For whoever would save his life will lose it,…