About Pastor Rojas+

Rev. Roberto E. Rojas, Jr. is the sole pastor of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church (also known as "Zion New Life") in Winter Garden, FL, established in 1891. He attended the Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN (M.Div., 2008-2013; STM., 2013-2014). During his studies at the seminary, he participated in a year-long exchange program in the Westfield House in Cambridge, England, and also in the Seminário Concórdia in São Leopoldo, Río Grande do Sul, Brazil. He and his beautiful wife, Erica, are happily married and live in Gotha, FL.

Lutheran Quotes on Creation

Lutheran Quotes on Creation: Below are a number of great quotes from Lutheran Theologians on the six days of Creation. Dr. Martin Luther: “Hilary and Augustine, two great lights in the Church, believed that the world was made of a … Continue reading

“Jesus Isn’t White”

Around this time of the year (Ascension and Pentecost), I hear a lot about Matthew 28 and how congregations need to engage more in missions. This is a good thing, I suppose. What’s unfortunate, however, is that white pastors guilt … Continue reading

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God

Animals are a first article gift from God. Dogs fall into this category. They’re creatures over which man has dominion, and beasts that we have domesticated. God has blessed us with plenty of temporal gifts for this short life: Dogs are … Continue reading

Closed Communion: Repentance and Faith

When a pastor practices Closed Communion, he is simply teaching repentance. Introduction In the FL/GA District, I’ve often heard pastors say, “We [the LC–MS] practice ‘close’ communion.” When I ask, “What do you mean by that?” They typically respond along the lines, “It means … Continue reading

Freed to Sin, or Freed from Sin?

Slavery and Freedom: A Sermon on Romans 6:19-23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Slavery at the Fall:  Adam’s sin earned him the just reward … Continue reading

Teaching Hymnody: 29 Hymns in 2 Years!

Introduction: Learn 29 hymns in 2 years! Not just any hymns, but good, faithful, Lutheran hymns! I know. It sounds like some gimmicky “weight-loss pill” commercial. But, it’s not a trick. I have nothing to sell. I’m only encouraging pastors … Continue reading

We’re Not Alone: A Brief Summary of the 2016 Synod Convention

Elected as the Pastoral Delegate for the Orlando-West Circuit of the Florida-Georgia District (FL/GA) in 2015, I attended the 2016 LCMS Synodical Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Being a Lutheran Pastor for less than two years, I needed to learn quite … Continue reading

Terror in Orlando: What Should We Do?

  After Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old Muslim from Fort Pierce, Florida, murdered at least 49, and wounded another 53 at “Pulse,” an LGBT nightclub in Downtown Orlando, many don’t know what to do. As Christians, what are we to do … Continue reading