Some talk of “sacramental entrepreneurs.” Pr. Matt Dent speaks of “sacramental minions.” What’s the difference? Listen to Pr. Dent’s faithful witness. Also, what are we to make of phrases like “start new to reach new” and “out of the box thinking”? Could it be that God has put us – and Himself – in a box so that we can be sure of His works of salvation?
In this segment, Mr. Tim Wood, a convert from Baptist fundamentalism after a confrontation with God’s Law and Gospel, joins us to discuss is article, “Church Growth: Deliberately Misdiagnosing the Problem?” Why do some churches leave behind faithful Law-Gospel preaching and turn instead to Madison Avenue techniques? Are they still practicing Christianity?
Read Tim Wood’s article, “Church Growth: Deliberately Misdiagnosing the Problem?”
Is Christian evangelism just a matter of “selling a product” called the Gospel of Jesus Christ? How might that approach to the Church’s mission be “enthusiasm”? (Uh, what’s that?) Pr. Andrew Preus discusses his article, “Market-Style Evangelism,” and how it’s better to be limited by the ways that God gives in His Word.
Read Pr. Preus’ article, “Market-Style Evangelism is Enthusiasm.”
Ready or not, we’re back from a brief summer-time hiatus!
In this segment of Round 21, Pr. Matt Richard joins us to discuss matters of church fellowship and “The Galesburg Rule”–the rule that says, “Lutheran pulpits are for Lutheran ministers only. Lutheran altars are for Lutheran communicants only.” Listen as he takes on Samuel Simon Schmucker and Benjamin Kurtz. You won’t want to miss Pr. Richard’s modern adaptation of “The Galesburg Rule”!
In Part 6 of our Catechism Series with Pr. Joe Abrahamson, we discuss the Third Article of the Apostles’ Creed on the person and work of the Holy Spirit, who brings us to faith in Jesus Christ. Then we discuss the Lord’s Prayer, why it is that only Christians can truly pray, and some fascinating connections between the structure of the Lord’s Prayer and God’s original creation.
Why has the word “catholic” become a dirty word among Lutherans? What is the “catholic faith”? If your pastor performs certain rituals or ceremonies, does that mean he is more “Catholic” than “Lutheran”? Pr. Ronald Stephens explains what it means to be “catholic,” not “Roman,” and he defends (gives an “apology” for) Lutheran pastors maintaining the salutary ceremonies of the Church that have been handed down through the ages.
Read Pr. Ronald Stephen’s article: “An Apology for a Fuller Use of Ceremony, or Why You Think Your Pastor is Too “Catholic.”
Is there a connection between pleasing God and our sexual conduct? How does the Scriptural teaching on sexual purity contrast with what we see in the culture around us today? Pr. Mark Surburg discusses how the Church faces the challenges of a culture steeped in sex and sexuality. Listen to Pr. Surburg’s tips on catechizing on the 6th Commandment and giving pastoral care related to things sexual.
Read Pr. Surburg’s article: “The Church, World, and Sex: There Can Be No Compromise”