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In this episode, Pastor Richard covers the topic of what to look for in a church. What are the benefits of attending a Confessional Lutheran Church versus seeker-driven churches? Pastor Richard points to: Christ, the Sacraments, the Liturgy, and the Confessions as four reasons why the Confessional Lutheran Church rocks! Issues, Etc. Link: Find a […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry… The post Lightning Cut: Is Your Church Serving You Happy Meals? appeared first on Worldview Everlasting.
While liberal Lutherans and liberal Episcopalians have gone the way of mainline Protestantism in its anything-goes ecumenism, it is a different story with church bodies that still hold to their historical doctrines. The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) has broken away from the Episcopal Church (U.S.A.), joining other global Anglicans in affirming a more [Read More…] . . . Read All
A court in Massachusetts ruled that a Catholic school is guilty of discrimination against an employee who was let go because he is gay. The religious exemption doesn’t apply, said the judge, because the school admits non-Catholic students. According to one observer, “This court decision makes it impossible for faith-based institutions to survive.” From Loredana [Read More…] . . . Read All
Lutheran churches in America have an ethnic origin–they were usually started by communities of German, Swedish, Danish, or Norwegian immigrants–and that has definitely shaped the culture of local congregations, sometimes putting off new people who want to join. I remember marveling at the Germanness of our congregation in Wisconsin, with its Men’s Club singing “Sie [Read More…] . . . Read All
One of the biggest challenges congregations face when it comes to catechizing their children is the demanding schedule of sports and extra curricular activities. It’s commonplace for games, practices, recitals, etc., to be held on Sundays. When it comes to trying to do midweek services or catechesis, forget about it. There’s something going on every night of the week. One reason for the Sunday morning conflict is the simple fact that people work Monday through Friday. This makes Sunday morning prime real estate, since nothing else (or nothing important, apparently) is going on. Saturday schedules are already crowded, so Sunday morning tends to work for busy families. Another reason for this dilemma is the simple fact that the world hates the Church as much . . . Read All
I recently posted about the Lutheran video tribute to the 21 Coptic Martyrs of Libya, going on to address the accusation that the Copts are monophysite heretics. Reader Ori Pomerantz shared the post with Medhat Ghabrial, a Coptic Christian, who wrote a fascinating comment on Facebook that I had to share with you (with his [Read More…] . . . Read All
At Justice Scalia’s funeral, his son, Rev. Paul Scalia, a priest, gave the sermon. Compare it to other funeral eulogies and sermons that you have heard lately. This one was not about his father’s accomplishments, his good works, and sentimental memories about him. It was about Jesus. From Transcript: Rev. Paul Scalia’s eulogy for his father, [Read More…] . . . Read All
Pope Francis told reporters that women threatened with the Zika virus, which causes birth defects, could use contraception. Abortion, though, he emphasized, is an “absolute evil,” which should never be committed. This is extraordinary. It seems to me that if you make this exception, in which the end justifies the means, the whole fabric of the [Read More…] . . . Read All
Pope Francis tore into Donald Trump, saying that anyone who is all about building walls instead of building bridges is “not a Christian.” Trump responded in kind, saying that it’s “disgraceful” for a religious leader to “question a person’s faith.” In a statement, Trump went further, saying “No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the [Read More…] . . . Read All
“Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.” (Psa 96:3 KJV) And when Paul and Barnabas were come to Antioch, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he … Continue reading →. . . Read All
A year ago this week, ISIS beheaded 21 Coptic Christians in Libya. I’m pleased that the president of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod issued this video tribute to these martyrs of the Christian faith. (Note the new icon that commemorates the martyrdom.) But aren’t the Copts heretics? Read my discussion after the jump. Some Baptists [Read More…] . . . Read All
The larger the group, the less the individual involvement. That’s a long-established finding of social science. So what does that mean for very large churches? New research has shown that those who attend megachurches are less involved in their congregation than those who attend smaller churches. That may be obvious, but the researcher then raises [Read More…] . . . Read All
Going to “church” might not automatically make you a Christian, but being a self-righteous legalist who hates Jesus’ words definitely makes you not one. The Daily Fix is a running commentary on life, death, the world, the Church, and what the Bible says God thinks about it all. Questions about the Lutheran Ninja Clan and […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry… The post The Daily Fix: Being a Christian without Jesus appeared first on Worldview Everlasting.
More good stuff from Concordia Publishing House. Thanks to Bruce Kintz, via Face Book. . . . Read All
We blogged about how Concordia University Edmonton repudiated its Christian identity. Now the president of that institution, Dr. Gerald Krispin, has written an open letter to the Lutheran Church of Canada, explaining why this action was taken and repenting for the way he handled it. The letter is open, honest, and full of grief, but [Read More…] . . . Read All
There is a great piece on Lent in the Federalist by my friend Todd Peperkorn. He makes an excellent case for the helpfulness of giving stuff up during Lent, especially in this day and age. He does more than that, though, so read it all, linked and excerpted after the jump. From Rev. Todd Peperkorn, Why Lent [Read More…] . . . Read All
Go to church together. Pray together. According to a new study, couples who do those things have stronger and more satisfying relationships. Read the whole article by Rachel Lu in The Federalist, linked to an excerpted after the jump. She also ties this research into that Swiss study that found that when the father [Read More…] . . . Read All
So what is it with women and covering their heads? Why does Paul tell them to do it, yet today we don’t make an issue out of it? Are we being inconsistent in our application of Scriptural mandates?? Around the Word Devotions (http://www.whatdoesthismean.org/devotions.html) Rightly Divided Daily Meditation Blog (https://rightlydividedbible.wordpress.com/) Questions about the Lutheran Ninja Clan […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry… The post Lightning Cut: I’m Not a Witch! I’m Not a Witch! appeared first on Worldview Everlasting.
What an Ash Wednesday service we had: the Litany AND the imposition of ashes AND the sacrament of Holy Communion. The grandkids thought it was cool to have ashes put on their heads, but it was hard to see them with the mark of death upon them, but that’s the way it is. I think [Read More…] . . . Read All
Jesus is not wise for Himself. He is wisdom and righteousness and peace for us. He invites us the the feast of His wisdom, the joy and life that we have in the forgiveness of our sins. Around the Word Devotions (http://www.whatdoesthismean.org/devotions.html) Rightly Divided Daily Meditation Blog (https://rightlydividedbible.wordpress.com/) Hope Lutheran Church (www.hope-aurora.org) Table Talk Radio […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry… The post Grappling: Wisdom Jesus Builds a House (Proverbs 9:1-12) appeared first on Worldview Everlasting.
The government of Alberta has decreed that all schools must conform to its LGBTQ-affirming guidelines, apparently including private (and thus Christian) schools. After the jump, a statement from the president of the Alberta district of the Lutheran Church of Canada. From Glenn Schaeffer, Canadian Lutheran Online » Blog Archive » Response to Alberta Government’s Proposed Gender Guidelines: [Read More…] . . . Read All
A Muslim from Dearborn Heights, Michigan,was arrested for planning to attack a church in the Detroit area. His remarks about his dreams and motivations are especially telling: “If I can’t do jihad in the Middle East, I would do my jihad over here.” “It is my dream to behead someone.” Is it time for churches [Read More…] . . . Read All
King David said to Solomon his son: „Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, … Continue reading →. . . Read All
Concordia University Edmonton, a college of the Lutheran Church Canada (both of which were founded by the LCMS), has removed all references to Lutheranism and to Christianity from its governing documents. The institution’s board of directors took that action without consulting the Lutheran Church Canada. The college had gradually been cutting its ties with the [Read More…] . . . Read All
2. Responding to Evangelical Clichés: “The Church Must Transform the Culture” – Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller, 2/2/16
Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller of Hope Lutheran-Aurora, CO Table Talk Radio Around the Word Weekly Bible Studies Around the Word Weekly Devotions WEtv Grappling with the Text