The Bible: The Cradle of Christ — Advent Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Romans 15:4-13 The Bible is the most revered book in the world.  People who rarely read it and know little of what it teaches treat it with respect.  The Bible is a symbol of tradition, of stability, and of truth.  … 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

The Holy Cross Cannot Be Found Wanting: Luther on Persecution and Martyrdom

Martin Luther never softened his message to make it more acceptable.  He did not do this for his theological opponents, his colleagues, or his agreeable listeners or readers.  If there is something for which we may praise (and criticize) Dr. … Continue reading

The Freedom of the Christian

“To make the way smoother for the unlearned—for only them do I serve—I shall set down the following two propositions concerning the freedom and the bondage of the spirit: A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to … Continue reading

Celebrating a Life

On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss … 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

The Intolerance of the “Tolerant”

Christians are often accused of hypocrisy and intolerance. As sinners, we routinely fail to practice what we preach. However, hypocrisy is not synonymous with moral failure, Merriam-Webster notwithstanding. Hypocrisy is claiming to hold beliefs that you don’t actually hold. Samuel Johnson was right: … 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

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

Justification and Church: Backwards Wright

What is the Church? She is a shelter from the storm for sinners who thirst for mercy in Christ. She is the collection of all believers who have been called by the gospel into faith in Christ. She is the bride … Continue reading