Book Review: “Beauty and Catechesis” by Rev. Gaven M. Mize

Rev. Gaven Mize’s new book, Beauty and Catechesis, is a wonderful gift to the Church. Published by Grail Quest Books, Beauty and Catechesis brings to the forefront an often overlooked medium for confessing the faith—the visual arts. With the expertise … Continue reading

Election 2016: The Political Incarnation of American Values

Every day, the level of political discourse in our country seems to hit a new low. As much as Secretary Clinton likes to quote Michelle Obama’s dictum, “when they go low, we go high,” both candidates have shown themselves to … Continue reading

A Requiem for Marriage

While the world was celebrating the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling to legalize gay marriage, conservative Christian blogs everywhere were filled with obituaries. And while SCOTUS’ decision is yet another example of exchanging God’s glory for that of the world, it … Continue reading

Lutheran Church or 7-Eleven? A Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

In today’s Holy Gospel (Mark 7:31-37), our Lord shows us how profoundly our hearing affects us. Before he’d heard God’s Word, the man in our text was deaf and had trouble speaking. But then he heard God’s Word and his … Continue reading

Commemorating the Saints

Satan’s always working to confuse our theology. If he can’t knock us off the horse on one side, he’ll try to knock us off the other. He’s done a really great job when it comes to commemorating the saints. I … Continue reading

Why Parents “Can’t” Bring Their Kids to Church

One of the biggest challenges congregations face when it comes to catechizing their children is the demanding schedule of sports and extra curricular activities. It’s commonplace for games, practices, recitals, etc., to be held on Sundays. When it comes to trying to … Continue reading

Satan, the World’s First Feminist

Adam did battle with Satan in the Garden Paradise and lost. It was a no-contest, really. By the time round two came around, Eden had been a distant memory and Satan had home-field advantage. The desert wilderness couldn’t have been … Continue reading

Preaching, God’s Laxative for Your Heart

Before next Sunday, we will once again celebrate that most significant of events in human history, the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the wonderful proclamation that for your sake, God came down from heaven, was incarnate by … Continue reading

On Fire for Christ!

Sometimes the Lutheran Church is accused of not being very missional. We’re solid when it comes to doctrine—justification by grace through faith alone—but when it comes to mission, well, we’re about as clueless as a synod in convention. Or so … Continue reading

Why You Should Think of Your Pastor as a Priest

In keeping with the theology of the Old Testament, some Christian churches (including many Lutheran ones)[i] have retained the custom of referring to clergy as “priests.” Now it is not my purpose to argue for a return to this terminology or … Continue reading

The Gospel According to Elsa

Jesus never said, “Let go and let God”, He said, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” There’s a big difference. Both “let go and let God” and “repent and believe” acknowledge that we have trouble, but they locate the source … Continue reading

The Importance of Going through the Motions

Any musician will tell you there’s nothing particularly exciting about practicing scales. It can be one of the most boring and rote aspects of a musician’s routine, but the path to virtuosity requires every aspiring student to go through the motions (ad … Continue reading

Living Catechisms

Despite all of the emphasis Scripture puts on life together, it’s really common for Christians to see faith individualistically. Of course you can’t believe for anyone else, but it’s easy to overlook the impact your faith (or lack thereof) has … Continue reading

…But We Will Devote Ourselves to Prayer and the Ministry of the Word

There’s a ton of confusion in the Church today surrounding the pastoral office. Do we really even need pastors? What is he supposed to do with his time? Is he supposed to be a leader, a counselor, a CEO, a visionary, … Continue reading

Bible Study on Marriage & Homosexuality

As the world gets further and further away from God’s design for marriage and human sexuality, the more important it becomes for Christians to know what God has to say about these things. Pornography, pre-marital sex, adultery, divorce, and same-sex marriage … Continue reading

American Idolatry

Though the First Amendment has established what is commonly referred to as the separation of church & state, the state nevertheless promotes its own brand of civic religion—a religion which is fundamentally incompatible with the Christian faith. American civic religion features … Continue reading