Mr. Miguel Ruiz discusses his article, “God Has a ‘Wonderful Plan’ for Your Death.” What do people mean when they console one another with the phrase “God has a plan”? Is it really helpful, or does it turn God into a “bad guy”? How are some Bible passages actually misused in an effort to tell people that “God has a plan” for them? How does the theology of the cross help us instead?
Pr. Jeffrey Ries joins us to discuss his article in the August 2014 edition of The Lutheran Witness, “How to Listen to a Sermon.” According to Jesus, what should the content of a sermon be? Why are Law and Gospel so essential in preaching? And what about illustrations–should they be used or not? What is the ultimate purpose of preaching?