Tag Archives: Sin

Sympathy for the Devil

Gaven MizeThe Rolling Stones sang their song “Sympathy for the Devil,” and evangelical Christians responded with uproar. But is there anything we can learn from the song (or from John Lennon’s quip about the Beatles being more famous than Jesus Christ)? Pr. Gaven Mize joins us to discuss just why and how the hideous monster named “Satan” is also so attractive and alluring for us sinners. And what’s the remedy?

Read Pr. Gaven Mize’s article, “Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself.”

Pr. Mize’s article was originally published in “Around the Word” (Winter 2013-2014).

Fargo and the Hidden God

Timothy WintersteinPr. Timothy Winterstein sees Luther’s teaching of “the hidden God” on full display in the television show Fargo. For the producers and characters of Fargo, if God does exist, He must certainly have no good will for human beings. All things must be a matter of fate. However, God’s revelation of Himself in the cross of Jesus Christ gives us a different picture of God. In Christ, God has indeed entered this fallen world plagued by evil in order to redeem and restore it.

Read Pr. Winterstein’s article, Fargo and the Hidden God”

Catechism Series, Part 3

AbrahamsonPr. Joe Abrahamson continues discussing Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, what it means, an how to teach it. In Part 3 of our ongoing series, we discuss the Law of God–the natural law and the revealed law, the two tables of the Law, and how the moral law, the civil law, and the ceremonial law relate to one another.

Catechism Series, part 2

AbrahamsonWe continue our Catechism Series with Pr. Joe Abrahamson. In part 2, we look at using the Catechism and how it is organized. What does Pr. Abrahamson mean when he says Luther’s Small Catechism has a “3 x 3” structure? We also begin discussing God’s Law and the Ten Commandments.

 

Catechism Series, part 1

AbrahamsonWith this segment we begin a series with Pr. Joe Abrahamson on the meaning and message of Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. In Part 1, Pr. Abrahamson gives an overview of the Catechism and throws down against some faulty views of God, original sin, and God’s Law. Hear him respond to Rob Bell’s “definition” of God, Joel Osteen’s denial of original sin, and David Ashcraft’s mistaken notion of the purpose of God’s Law.