How We Got the New Testament

This is our pastor's newsletter article for April, 2015.  It follows last month's article, "How We Got the Old Testament," which you can read by clicking here. --------- The Early Church Last month, we looked at how we got the Old Testament.  The Church met in council to state which books were Scripture because three traditions had developed,… [more]

How We Got the New Testament How We Got the New Testament

Isaiah 53:7-9: Where’s the Justice?

“Where’s the justice?” People have felt so slighted so often that we even have an experssion that has become part of our language: “Where’s the justice?” Part of it is true: we do live in a world where justice is, at best, imperfect. At worst, the “system” that’s supposed ensure justice even becomes the perpetrator of injustice. “Where’s… [more]

Isaiah 53:7-9: Where’s the Justice? Isaiah 53:7-9: Where's the Justice?

1 Corinthians, Lesson 13: Christian Freedom

Paul continues to deal with the issue of whether it’s okay to eat the meat that was earlier sacrificed to idols. Last week, we saw Paul deal directly with that issue. This week, he begins by using himself and other pastors as an example to help them learn to balance Christian freedom in light of the love we are to have for our brothers and sisters… [more]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 13: Christian Freedom 1 Corinthians, Lesson 13: Christian Freedom

John 8:42-49: For you and because of you

For you—two words of supreme significance! Without them, a Christian veers away from Word and Sacrament, trying to find some assurance that he really is saved. He could look to his good works, thinking he must be saved because of what he has done. He could look to his emotions, trying to find in his ever-changing feelings what God has told Him in… [more]

John 8:42-49: For you and because of you John 8:42-49: For you and because of you

Isaiah 53:4-5, Wisdom 2:17-24, Matthew 27:41-43: Jesus eternally heals us

During these Lenten midweek services, we have pondered passages from the Prophet Isaiah. We considered the startling contrast between what Christ physically looked like in His suffering and how beautiful He is based on what He did, and does, to save us. Jesus had no stately form or majesty that we should look at Him, no appearance that we should desire… [more]

Isaiah 53:4-5, Wisdom 2:17-24, Matthew 27:41-43: Jesus eternally heals us Isaiah 53:4-5, Wisdom 2:17-24, Matthew 27:41-43: Jesus eternally heals us