Dear God, please speak to me about… (Prayers and Decision Making)

Often I hear well-intentioned Christians talk about prayerfully considering major decisions going on in their lives in such a way that sounds like they are waiting for God to talk to them specifically.  This waiting can finally end for them … Continue reading

Steadfast in the City–Building Update

We have reached a joyous milestone here at Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries.  After a year of a complicated and at times frustrating process, we have acquired our first set of buildings in Northeast Philadelphia.  The buildings belonged to an existing LCMS … Continue reading

ULC finds a new student center. From the latest ULC newsletter.

Behold, We Live St. Paul described the ministry of the apostles to the congregation in Corinth in these words: “as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making … Continue reading

Steadfast Media Pick of the Week — The Role of Elders

The Role of Elders I dug up this old interview with Dr. Al Collver on the role of lay elders in the church. He talks about distinguishing what we call elders today from the deacons, presbyters, and bishops in the … Continue reading

Q&A — May I Speak at a Non-Lutheran Funeral?

A concerned reader sent this question: I am a Lutheran and understand that eulogies are not given in traditional Lutheran funeral services. But what should I say if I am asked to speak at the funeral of a family member … Continue reading

The Priceless Treasure

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no … Continue reading

Money And My Church’s “October Stewardship Month” Scare Me! Examining Stewardship In Light Of Coram Deo

Money scares me! Actually the talk of money brings about fear for me and I know it does for others.  It is also scary to talk about money in the church, especially for churches that consider October as their stewardship … Continue reading

Great Stuff — A Voter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments.

Found on Hope Aurora’s website by Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller:   The Curb of the Law: A Voter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments.   Introduction If we remember anything from our catechism, we remember the three functions of the law. “A … Continue reading

Notes from the Mission Field: What Does This Really Mean?

Here is the Lutherans in Africa September newsletter (PDF) Catching Up For some of you, it has been a while since you heard from us last. For others, we had the great pleasure of meeting and getting to know you … Continue reading

Doctrine and Practice — Part 2 “Spiritual but not religious”

 For many years much of Lutheranism has suffered from a disconnect with regard to doctrine and practice and their relationship. A few years ago at a Circuit Winkel, a suggestion was made for a joint study of the then new … Continue reading

Steadfast in Society: Plan B becomes Plan A

Here it is folks! Lives ending to rousing applause. Why? For the sake of reducing teen pregnancy in the State of New York. Because certainly there can be no other way to avoid teen pregnancy other than murder… right? Many … Continue reading

Jesus and Bullying

In my community right now there is a ton of emphasis on bullying in our local schools.  This has been a real issue across our country as kids, corrupted by Original Sin have found ways to exercise the Old Adam … Continue reading

For the Sake of the Children

For the sake of the children I urge all Minnesotans on November 6th, 2012, to vote “yes,” for the “Marriage Protection Amendment to the Minnesota State Constitution,” when it appears on the State ballot. It is a widespread moral instinct … Continue reading