Life-Affirming – the Collection

A collection of my blog posts on the topic of protecting the rights of unborn children: Roe v Wade finally gets overturned on the day the church celebrates the nativity of St. John the Baptist: https://wordpress.com/post/mirrorneurons.blog/10253 Sonogram of an unborn https://wordpress.com/post/mirrorneurons.blog/9615 The under-400 club; children who were born weighing less than 400 grams and survived:…

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

“One giant leap for mankind.” That is how astronaut Neil Armstrong described his first step on the moon in 1969. Today, June 24, 2022, the church celebrates another giant leap for humankind – the overturn of the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States. The legal rights of an entire segment…

A Cloud Hid Him

At the Ascension Day worship service that I attended this year when the reader came to part in the ascension story from Acts, chapter one, “And a cloud took him out of their sight,” he stopped. He stopped so that one of the assisting ministers could step forward and extinguish the Christ candle, the candle…

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…