Jesus’ Resurrection Appearances – Part Three

Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is the very foundation of the Christian faith. As Paul puts it in I Corinthians 15: “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have…

Knowing the unknown God

In the seventeenth chapter of Acts, we are told about a time when the Apostle Paul is experiences a time of waiting. For his safety Paul had to be brought to the city of Athens. He had to wait there for his co-workers, Silas and Timothy, to arrive. Rather than just sit around and chafe…

Steadfast Stephen Stoned

In the sixth and seventh chapters of Acts we are introduced to a man by the name of Stephen. Stephen was not one of the twelve apostles chosen by the Lord. He was one of seven deacons chosen by the church to help care for widows so that the apostles could devote themselves to prayer and…

Essential Christianity and the COVID-19 Pandemic

If any group of people is going to be angry at God for the COVID-19 pandemic it should be Christians. Here is very earliest description of life in a Christian community. It comes from the second chapter of Acts: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread…

Everlasting Righteousness, Innocence and Blessedness

Martin Luther’s Small Catechism has a lot of memorable passages such as “What does this mean?” “We should fear and love God,” “This is most certainly true.” Young Lutherans as they go through their confirmation training have the privilege of memorizing portions of the Catechism. But the real power of Luther’s Small Catechism is that…

Easter Sunday, 2020

Jesus said, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly I say to you unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies it remains only a single seed but if it dies it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, but the…

The Only COVID-19 Survivor

Matthew 27:24–25: “So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, ‘I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.’ And all the people answered, ‘His blood be on us and on our children!’” (ESV)…

Saying Too Much, Saying Too Little

In a recent broadcast of The Lutheran Hour, Dr Michael Zeigler and Rev. Ryan Tinetti discuss how Christians should respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. They explained that in our response to this pandemic Christians can fall into two errors. We can say too much or we can also err by saying too little. Saying too…