Celebrating in the Face of Death, part 1

"Steadfast Throwdown" co-host Pr. Randy Asburry plays guest as we discuss pastoral care at the time of death. Since every human being ends up in the grave, just how do we deal with death? Christians have a very unique way of dealing with death. It’s called “Celebrating in the Face of Death.” But how and why? Pr. Asburry begins to give a recap of a presentation that he made at the “Institute on Liturgy, Preaching, and Church Music,” which was held at Seward, Nebraska, in July ...

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You know what happens when you assume, right?

I received a phone call from a member of my congregation, one who is not necessarily regular in her attendance, but she does attend often enough that I’ve never felt the need to question her devotion. She left a message, but it was one of those messages that when you hear it, even though nothing is spoken precisely with regard to the reason for the call, you know it isn’t going to be good. I returned her call right away. I read an article ...

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"Following Jesus with St. Matthew" (Sermon on Matthew 9:9-13, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Following Jesus with St. Matthew” (Matthew 9:9-13) On the church year calendar, September 21 is the day for commemorating St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. And since this year September 21 falls on a Sunday, today we are celebrating the Festival of St. Matthew. Who exactly was this St. Matthew, you ask, and why should we remember him? Well, first of all, as to who he is, as I ...

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Where Are You Going?

There is an old saying that goes, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” The one who came up with that was never hit with a dictionary. James reminds us of one small organ of our bodies that we don’t think about too much, but it does have a great influence; not just in our lives, but in others’ lives as well: the tongue. James likens our tongue to the ...

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Trinity: World-famous Humble Little Country Doctor

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A Concordia Pitches a No-Hitter. The Final Score: 0-34

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Satan's Angelic Disguises

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ACELC – If Not Now, When? – DVD now available

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The Purple People Eater Rides Again

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Believing and Confessing the Forgiveness of Sins: Sermon on Matthew 18:21-35

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"But We Preach Christ Crucified" (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

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2013 Convention Resolution Update

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Good Storytellers Make Good Apologists

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