Author Archive -- Pastor Chris Hull

Chris Hull is the Senior Pastor of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Normal, Illinois. He was married to Allison Desiree Monk on June 3rd, 2006. They have been blessed with two boys, Lochlann Richard Patrick and Eamonn Julius Luther. Their third son is due in July. Pastor Hull graduated from Concordia University in River Forest, Il in 2006. He received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 2010. Presently he is under the supervision of Dr. James Nestingen in the Master Of Theology program through the Wittenberg Institute. Pastor Hull has been at Christ Lutheran since July of 2010 where he was called as the Associate Pastor in July of 2010 and then called as the Senior Pastor in March of 2011. He posts his sermons, based on the historic lectionary, online and hosts Tuesdays With Luther which can be viewed on his youtube page.

Here we Stand

January 27th, 2015 14 comments

Yesterday, Reverend President Dr. Matthew Harrison posted a fantastic response to the inability of a panel of judges to carry out the charges against Reverend Dr. Matthew Becker. His confession is as follows: When a public teacher on the roster of Synod can without consequence publicly advocate the ordination of women (even participate vested in the installation of an ELCA clergy person), homosexuality, the errancy of the Bible, the historical-critical method, open communion, communion with the Reformed, evolution, and more, then the public confession of the Synod is meaningless. I am saying that if my Synod does not change its   More…

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Labor Preaching Part I

January 9th, 2015 1 comment

Christ the Lord says, “When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. ” (John 16:21-22). On December 15th, my wife gave birth to our fourth son.  During the labor, these words of Jesus above were not something to contemplate, but were a reality.   More…

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Today’s Evils

October 15th, 2014 1 comment

Christ our Lord spoke to His disciples saying, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34). Do we really believe this? Do we live according to these words? Do we as baptized children of our Heavenly Father, those who confess the truth of the Gospel according to the Lutheran Confessions, believe these words of Christ and live according to them? I would answer no, we do not believe them and because we doubt these words we do not live according to them. How do   More…

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Fruity Preachers

October 3rd, 2014 1 comment

Christ our Lord taught about preachers and their proclamation saying, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:15-20). Preachers will   More…

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Vision Casting

September 24th, 2014 29 comments

Christ our Lord says, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. 48 When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad. 49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:47-50). One of the ridiculous thoughts of the church is that she   More…

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A Fat and Lazy Church

July 29th, 2014 48 comments

I recently returned from Madagascar where I, Professor John Pless, Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller, and Rev. Evan Goeglein, taught a group of Malagasy pastors the theology of Dr. Martin Luther. I was privileged to teach them Luther’s theology of preaching. While we were there, we had the opportunity to have meals with the pastors, coffee with the pastors, and other times outside of the lectures to discuss theology and church practice. One of the most discussed topics was the pastoral vocation. While here in the LCMS, most pastors have one church to tend to, and some men have as many as 4. I   More…

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A Free God for a bound sinner

June 26th, 2014 1 comment

Justification, according to the third article of the Formula of Concord Solid Declaration means to “pronounce righteous and free from sins and to count as freed from the eternal punishment of sin because of Christ’s righteousness, which is ‘reckoned to faith by God’ (Phil 3:9)” (FCSD III.17). Justification is the article upon which the church stands or falls. Because this is the most important article, as Luther himself asserted in the Smalcald Articles, it is vital that we receive and confess it properly and emphatically as often as we can. To be justified is to be forgiven of all our   More…

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Madagascar Trip

June 3rd, 2014 2 comments

March 21, 2014 Dear Friends of Luther Academy, Grace and peace be yours from our Lord Jesus Christ! I write you today to plead for your prayers to our heavenly Father and also your support of the first Luther Academy Theological Conference in Madagascar planned for July 14-18, 2014! The Malagasy Lutheran Church ha a rich and impressive history dating back to the arrival of the first Norwegian missionaries in the 1860’s. Since that time, the Malagasy Lutheran Church has grown into a vibrant church of approximately four million members. Our Malagasy brothers and sisters want to be faithful Lutherans,   More…

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Why your Pastor should read Luther this summer

Arguing against Erasmus, Dr. Martin Luther, of blessed and holy memory, wrote, “Therefore, it is not irreverent, inquisitive, or superfluous, but essentially salutary and necessary for a Christian, to find out whether the will does anything or nothing in matters pertaining to eternal salvation” (Bondage of the Will 116).  This same understanding of man is asserted in the Apology to the Augsburg Confession saying, “Knowledge of original sin is a necessity. For we cannot know the magnitude of Christ;s grace unless we first recognize our malady” (AP II.33). Maybe the title of this article should be, ‘Why your pastor should   More…

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Trouble stirring at Concordia Chicago

February 22nd, 2014 232 comments

Yesterday it was brought to light that there is trouble stirring up at Concordia University in Chicago. The issue can be seen on this link that the Psychology Department at CUC is possibly allowing students to complete an internship with Planned Parenthood (at least they did allow it in 2012). The description of Planned Parenthood is found on the site as: “PPIL is a respected leader in educating Illinoisans about sexual and reproductive health. We deliver age appropriate, comprehensive and medically accurate information that empowers women, men, teens, and families to make informed choices and lead healthy lives. PPIL is   More…

Life Sunday Stuff — Margaret Sanger Conclusion

January 9th, 2014 8 comments

Part I     Part II In September 1915, Sanger returned to America and began working again on publishing a new journal titled, Birth Control Review. At that time, she also opened the first reproductive clinic in Brooklyn, New York. She was imprisoned, along with her sister, for opening the clinic and distributing contraceptive propaganda. After her release, she began publishing Birth Control Review and recruiting the upper ranks of society to join the eugenic and birth control causes. Three tracts, written between the years 1918 and 1926, shed light on Sanger’s eugenic tendencies. The first tract is, “When Should   More…

Life Sunday Stuff — Margaret Sanger Part II

January 8th, 2014 2 comments

For Part I click here. Margaret and her husband Bill arrived in New York City in 1910.  Upon arrival, the Sangers became involved in the Socialist Party Local 5, Bill going so far as to run for municipal alderman in 1911.[1] At that time, Margaret spent most of her time as a nurse in the city.  After viewing the class divisions in the city and the poor living arrangements, Sanger wrote to the editor of Woman’s Sphere about the situation of the lower class woman and her political freedom saying that women evidently are not aware that political freedom does   More…

Life Sunday Stuff — Margaret Sanger, part I

January 7th, 2014 5 comments

This is the first part in a series on Margaret Sanger. This is not a complete study on Sanger, but rather an introduction into the worldview espoused by Sanger. This paper asserts that Saner was a eugenicist and was driven by eugenic ideology, rather than women’s health and rights. Eugenics is defined in the body of the paper. Margaret Sanger (1879-1966) was an early Twentieth century proponent and champion of reproductive education and reform. Known as the “Woman Rebel,” Sanger edited various journals such as The Woman Rebel and Birth Control Review. She is best known for her advances and   More…

A Bound Giver

December 9th, 2013 7 comments

Article 18 of the Augsburg Confession asserts the Lutheran belief concerning the will of man saying, “Concerning free will it is taught that a human being has some measure of free will, so as to live an externally honorable life and to choose among the things reason comprehends. However, without the grace, help, and operation of the Holy Spirit a human being cannot become pleasing to God, fear or believe in God with the whole heart, or expel innate evil lusts from the heart” (Augsburg Confession XVIII.1-2 Kolb-Wengert). Stewardship is a constant issue in every church. Just as a family   More…

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Ordination Appreciation

October 13th, 2013 1 comment

October is Pastor Appreciation Month.  There are many good articles out there about how to appreciate your Pastor. One way that we can appreciate or support our Pastors is to remind them of their Ordination vows. At Ordination, the pastor is asked many questions concerning the Ministry. A few of those are: 1) Do you promise that you will perform the duties of your office in accordance with these Confessions, and that all your preaching and teaching and your administration of the Sacraments will be in conformity with Holy Scripture and these Confessions? 2) Will you faithfully instruct both young   More…

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