Relevant Worship: The Story of Your Life

In the worship wars, one of the alleged reasons for abandoning the historic liturgy is to make worship relevant. We want application of the Gospel in ways that connect with people. Dear friends, the historic liturgy is like a many-layered … Continue reading

The Shack – A Journey from Pain to Truth to Error – Part 4: A Lutheran Critique

This entry is part of 4 in the series The Shack: ...Pain to Truth to Error

This is part of 4 in the series The Shack: …Pain to Truth to ErrorEditor’s Note: To understand what is meant by “Trinitarian Theology” in this post, please see Part 2. Having traced the journey of Wm. Paul Young, author of … Continue reading

The Danger of Taking the Holy Spirit for Granted and Neglecting the Means of Grace — A Pastoral Letter of Pastor Rolf Preus

May, 2016 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: During my first year as a pastor I was shocked to learn from my catechumens that they had never heard of Pentecost. How could anyone grow up in the church and be … Continue reading

The External Word

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through … Continue reading

Lutheran, Yet Ashamed of the Gospel?

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) receives substantial support from the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. It is a partnership that needs to be terminated for the sake of the LCMS’s declared mission to “make known the love of Christ”, … Continue reading

Climbing the High Dive

Every year in January my congregation holds a special assembly. We call this gathering our “Getting Organized” meeting. At the meeting this past year, I presented the results of an informal survey I conducted. Essentially, I called the local Methodist, … Continue reading

Labyrinth Spirituality

Here in our town, the local Episcopal Church blessed their brand-new labyrinth catching up to a spiritual trend begun in the late ’90s.   For those  who are joyfully not on the cutting edge of new spiritualities, you may be … Continue reading