The Beauty and Danger of Rhetoric

God is good, true, and beautiful. That is so because His attributes are identical with His essence. Quenstedt speaks of this: “The divine essence is like a boundless ocean of all infinite perfections, which the human intellect has not the … Continue reading

Some Thoughts on The Third Use of the Law and Preaching by Kurt Marquart

Our preaching needs to serve and communicate the three permanent witnesses on earth, the spirit (or the blessed Gospel words which are spirit and life, St. Jn. 6:63), the water of Holy Baptism, and the Blood of the New Testament, … Continue reading

“The ‘I’ of the Sermon”

For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. (2 Corinthians 4: 5) “The ‘I’ of the Sermon” is the title of a book that I purchased years ago.  The author … 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

…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

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

Jesus in the Lions’ Den: A Sermon for the Nativity of Our Lord

Our celebration of the Savior’s birth can become so routine that we become numb to the joy—and the horror— of it all. On the one hand, it’s really odd that the Incarnation of our Lord is one of the Church’s … Continue reading

The Godly Kind of Mercy Killing

There’s a ungodly type of mercy killing that receives a great deal of sympathy, if not support, in our world today. Consider the Terri Schaivo case that lasted from 1990—2005. Terri had been diagnosed by her doctors as being in … Continue reading

“Weak Power and Foolish Wisdom” (1 Cor. 1:18-31), by Pr. Charles Henrickson

(I think this text from 1 Corinthians 1 speaks to the issues we’re dealing with in the church today, and so I address that in this sermon. CH) “Weak Power and Foolish Wisdom” (1 Corinthians 1:18-31) A few days ago, … Continue reading