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…

Runaway Slaves, Runaway Church Members

One of the shortest books of the Bible is a book called Philemon. This brief, one-chapter book is a letter the Apostle Paul wrote to his friend Philemon about a slave that had run away from Philemon, his master. While on the run, Onesimus had met Paul who was in prison. Onesimus had not just…

The Rest of the Rest

Time to finish up my series on ballot measures before the election happens in just a few days. There are three ballot measures to approve medical marijuana in Missouri this year, that’s right, three. The only difference in the proposals is in how much the income from medical marijuana will be taxed and what the…

November Ballot Measures, Part Six – Colorado

Think that all issues related to slavery were taken care at the time of the Civil War? Think again. Apparently in Colorado enslavement is still technically an allowable method to punish someone for a crime. But if voters in Colorado approve Amendment A in November it will no longer be legal in Colorado to enslave…

More Precious Than Gold, Part Two

In the first installment of this series, based on I Peter 1:3-9, Peter says that our faith in Jesus is more precious than gold. In part two, based on I Peter 1:17-19, Peter says that gold is inadequate as a means of ransoming us: “You were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers,…