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?
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.”
What are laypeople to do when their pastor begins teaching false doctrine or introducing non-Lutheran practices? Should they just sit quietly in the pew and “take it”? Not according to Vanessa Rasanen! She says the sheep should speak up, talk with their pastor, pray for him, and, yes, protect their fellow sheep from false teachings and practices.
Read Dr. C. F. W. Walther’s sermon, “The Sheep Judge Their Shepherds.”
In this final part of our Catechism series with Pr. Joe Abrahamson, we discuss the “Christian Questions with their Answers.” Did Luther really compose them? Why are they not in some editions of the Catechism? How do these questions and answers help us prepare for partaking of Christ’s Body and Blood? Pr. Abrahamson also wraps up our series by saying the Catechism is not just for confirmation, but for all of life.
How does a person become a Christian and stay a Christian? Not by doing things, but by hearing the Word of Christ. And should we really condemn someone for their faults, foibles, and sins in life, or should we focus more on the doctrine? Dr. Matt Phillips, professor of history at Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska, joins us to discuss his articles “Becoming a Christian by Listening” and “Distinguishing Between Doctrine and Life.”
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?