LadyLike: A Book Every Man Should Read

LadyLike: Living Biblically is an outstanding collection of forty-four short essays which provide an unapologetically biblical perspective on matters significant to life in family, church, and society today. Sisters Rebekah Curtis and Rose Adle write in a style that is engaging, … Continue reading

The Cost of Becoming a Pastor

I absolutely love being a pastor. There isn’t a single thing I would change about what I do—not even the meetings (which often include one of the prayer offices and theologically-driven conversation). It is a joy to be in the pulpit, … Continue reading

Prayer Is Not Always a Good Thing

One of the most frequently abused gifts of God among Christians today is prayer. For some reason we’ve gotten this notion that prayer is always a good thing. It is not. Prayer can easily become an attempt to approach God on … Continue reading

Extending Our “Smack Down Reach”

Steadfast Throwdown – “the very best theological podcast that is produced by the Brothers of John the Steadfast” (Yeah, so what if we’re the only one!) – is extending its “smack down reach.” Steadfast Throwdown began in March 2014 with … Continue reading

Tolerance: Narcissism in Disguise

We live in a highly individualistic age, an age which fancies itself tolerant. The sad description of Israel under the Judges could equally well be said about our selfish generation. In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone … Continue reading

Why I Left the Roman Catholic Church

I was raised Roman Catholic. Now I’m a Lutheran pastor. But I didn’t just leave the Roman Catholic Church because I happened to marry a pretty Lutheran girl. Nor was my attending seminary part of the deal when we got married … Continue reading

“Speaking of Life” – Homily for the Resurrection of Our Lord

“Speaking of Life” Mark 16:1-8   Other Holy Week sermons from Pastor Asburry: Palm/Passion Sunday Good Friday Maundy Thursday P: Christ is risen! C: He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Friday left us in the darkness of death, the valley of … Continue reading

When Shadows Are Better than Reality: A Devotion for Easter Tuesday on Exodus 15 & 16

“For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come…” (Hebrews 10:1) Who would settle for looking at a shadow all day if you had the option of seeing the real thing? You don’t get very … Continue reading

“What Great Love!” – Homily for Good Friday

“What Great Love!” John 18-19 When we began the season of Lent on Ash Wednesday, we prayed: “Almighty and everlasting God, You hate nothing You have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent. Create in us new … Continue reading

“Washed and Fed to Love” – Homily for Holy (Maundy) Thursday

“Washed and Fed to Love” John 13:1-15, 34-35 A new commandment I give to you, Jesus said, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. (Jn. 13:34). That’s were we … Continue reading

Introducing… The Church Growth Translation of the Bible!

Do you want to grow your congregation? It’s simple! Just follow these two easy steps. 1) Read the Bible. 2) Do the exact opposite. See! Easy peasy lemon squeezy. But don’t worry, if you’re so apathetic to the Bible that you won’t … Continue reading

“Ride On…to Die!” – Homily for Palm/Passion Sunday

“Ride On…to Die!” Philippians 2:5-11 & Matthew 27:11-54 St. Paul sums it up well. Jesus “made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (Phil. 2:7). You see, the “likeness of men” comes … Continue reading

Why the McDonald’s Bathroom Isn’t as Holy as the Divine Service

Prolegomena: This is the sixth and what will likely be the final chapter of the recent discussion on praise bands between Pr. Reeder and myself, as he has indicated that he will not be making any further response. For my part, … Continue reading

The Most Dangerous Situation You’ll Ever Encounter: A Sermon for Wednesday of Judica on Psalm 130

Click here for a free, downloadable Bible study of Psalm 130 from Around the Word. Out | of the depths*      I cry to you, | O LORD! O Lord, | hear my voice!*      Let your ears be attentive … Continue reading

Why the Praise Band & I Are Never, Ever, Ever Getting Back Together

Please note: This post is a response to Pastor Kent Reeders’ response to my post, “Why I Quit the Praise Band.” If you haven’t read those two articles already, please do so as it will provide you with the necessary context … Continue reading

Bible Studies That Don’t Ask You to Talk about Your Feelings

This Lent I began editing and co-authoring a weekly free, downloadable PDF Bible study with Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller on the Penitential Psalms (6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143) for Around the Word. We’ve had a number of people tell us how useful they’ve … Continue reading

Why I Quit the Praise Band

Quitting the praise band wasn’t easy for me. Nor did I just play in the praise band— I started it. It was my baby. I was a guitar performance major in college, and as providence would have it, my (LCMS) … Continue reading

Why Christians Make the Sign of the Holy Cross (and a word on genuflection)

In The Small Catechism, Martin Luther encouraged Christians to retain the practice of making the sign of the cross. The Missouri Synod, following Luther’s advice, has encouraged Christians to continue making the sign of the cross, notably at a number of places during … Continue reading

Steadfast Throwdown — Ways to Participate in Lent

Mrs. Holly Scheer joins us to discuss her article, “Nine Easy Ways to Participate in Lent.” Why does the Church have its own unique calendar? Why do we Christians set apart a time of somber penitence called “Lent”? What are … Continue reading

Diamonds in the Rough: Digging for Homiletical Gems in an Anglican Mine

I recently finished The Foolishness of Preaching: Proclaiming the Gospel against the Wisdom of the World by the late Episcopal priest, Robert Farrar Capon. As you might expect from an Episcopalian, his theology is not perfect. Particularly troubling is his overreaction … Continue reading

Steadfast Throwdown — Round 35

Steadfast Throwdown recently released Round 35 of their podcasts, including the following:   Barking Dogs – The ACELC and Its Work   Pr. Clint Poppe joins us to discuss the history, purpose, and work of the Association of Confessing Evangelical … Continue reading

Snatched, Scorched, & Strangled (or: High Fructose Hymns and Liturgical Saccharine): A Sermon for Sexagesima on St. Luke 8:4-15

There were two types of sowing in the ancient world. The first method, by far the most accurate, was to scatter the seeds by hand, placing them with an almost surgical precision in the most fertile soil. The other (less … Continue reading

Winter is Coming

I have always found it puzzling that we have been quick to remove pastors from office for immoral conduct but slow to rebuke false teaching in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Of course moral conduct is expected of pastors; as 1 Timothy 3:2 says, an overseer must … Continue reading

Suffering as the Key to Evangelism

Recently I was up at the hospital providing pastoral care to one of my members. As usual, I was wearing my clerical attire, and, as often happens, this gave me an opportunity to share the Gospel with someone I wouldn’t have … Continue reading

False Christs and Wrong Answers: A Sermon for the Confession of St. Peter on St. Mark 8:27-35

From the very beginning of St. Mark’s Gospel, things hadn’t been going particularly well for our Lord. In chapter 1 He’s tempted by Satan, opposed by demons, and disobeyed by even those He had healed. In chapter 2, the scribes … Continue reading