The Coming Lord is Our Righteousness

“In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 33”16) As Christians prepare to celebrate Christmas during the season of Advent (which means “coming”), our focus is on repentance. We are preparing for the coming…

Simultaneously

One of Martin Luther’s greatest theological insights was that believers in Christ are not perfect saints all the time, rather we are simultaneously saints and sinners. We are 100 percent perfect and sinless through faith in Jesus as our Savior but the sinful nature that has been ours since conception in our mothers’ wombs still…

The Lettuce Sermon

The text for this sermon is Hebrews, chapter ten, verses twenty two to twenty five: “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. [23] Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without…

Never Trapped

A sermon for All Saints Day, 2021 It has become common today in difficult situations to use the word “trapped.” When people face physical disabilities and limitations they say things like,“I feel trapped in my body.” When people are in a job they don’t like they might say, “I feel trapped in my job or…

The Quotable Dr. Luther

“I have just two days on my calendar: today and that day. As always, Luther’s approach to life lines up well with Scripture. In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus teaches us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” As the Catechism explains, “These words teach us not to be greedy or wasteful or to…

The Quotable Dr. Luther

“When I look at myself I cannot see how I can be saved. When I look at Jesus I cannot see how I can be lost.” Those words come from Martin Luther, the father of the Reformation. When we honestly look at ourselves how can we possibly see that we could be saved? Sins pile…

Repurposed Buildings and Bodies

Allina Hospital District One has received the go-ahead from the Faribault City Council to demolish Johnston Hall in Faribault, Minnesota. Many attempts had been made over the years to save the beautiful, historic building but in the end, no feasible arrangement could be worked out to keep the structure standing. The most recent attempt to…

Those Other Prophets, Part Seven

There are sixteen prophets in the Old Testament who have books of the Bible named after them. This Bible study is not about any of them. This Bible study is about the dozens of other prophets who prophesied but who did not end up with books of the Bible named after them. I call them…

More Abundantly

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever.” Ephesians 3:20-21) Some wonder if these verses might have been where the…