Threatened with Loss of the Word

Holly Marie Scheer recently wrote an article titled, “Why ‘Mary Did You Know’ Is The Most Biblically Illiterate Christmas Tune.” The digest at the head of the article says, Anyone who has even a slight familiarity with the biblical account … Continue reading

Sermon for Advent 4, by Pastor Dan Voth

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent (20 December A+D 2015) Pastor Dan Voth Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Minot, ND Trinity Lutheran Church, Tolley, ND The Holy Gospel for today is set about 9 months prior to the birth of Jesus. … 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

Which Part of “From the Devil” don’t you understand?

“Therefore we ought and must constantly maintain this point, that God does not wish to deal with us otherwise than through the spoken Word and the Sacraments. It is the devil himself whatsoever is extolled as Spirit without the Word … Continue reading

The Two Natures of the Divine Call

The Church stands or falls on the article of justification. Ask any Lutheran about justification and it won’t be long before you’re hearing about salvation by grace through faith. But follow that question up with, “And from whence does this … Continue reading

Sheep Food

It goes without saying that major festivals (e.g., Christmas and Easter) are important for the life of the Church.  The Church year is ordered around the life of Christ, drawing us into the story of salvation.  Instead of ordering our … Continue reading

Why Words Are Powerful And Why They Matter

We have all heard the phrase, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Is this phrase true, that words are powerless? I am sorry but this phrase is not true. In fact, I believe … Continue reading

God’s Word, A Javelin: An Essay Contending for the Javelin like Nature of the Word of God

Here is an essay that I wrote about the javelin like nature of the Word of God that’s a bit too long for an article on BJS. I’ve included the excerpt here and then included the PDF file for you … Continue reading

Psalm 33 on Worship and the Word of Yahweh

Psalm 33, verses 1—11 The Seventh Sunday after Trinity 1 Shout for joy to Yahweh, O righteous ones, praise is fitting for the upright! 2 Praise Yahweh with the lyre, with a harp of ten strings make music to Him! … Continue reading