Matthew 16:21-28: Jesus Must Go Forth to Die

Whenever Jesus says that He must or has to do something, we should stop and take notice. In our Gospel reading for today, Jesus said, “He must go to Jerusalem and suffer a great deal from the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and that he must be killed and raised on the third day.” When Jesus spoke of His impending death, He always said that… [more]

Matthew 16:21-28: Jesus Must Go Forth to Die Matthew 16:21-28: Jesus Must Go Forth to Die

Acts, Lesson 12: Gentiles in the Church; the Gift of Prophecy

Peter and the Jewish Christians with him saw God giving the Holy Spirit to the Gentiles. That means that they were full-fledged members of Christ’s Church, the same as the ethnic Jews who believed in Jesus as the Messiah. But growth and change do not always take place smoothly and without incident, which our study of Acts will show us.   Peter… [more]

Acts, Lesson 12: Gentiles in the Church; the Gift of Prophecy Acts, Lesson 12: Gentiles in the Church; the Gift of Prophecy

Augsburg Confession, Article 28: The Authority of Bishops

Article 28 would take up about 6 pages if printed out in full. Since we are limited to an hour, your pastor has sorted out AC 28’s teachings into different categories.    AC XXVIII: Church Authority Article 28 delves into many areas dealing with Church authority.   Two Kingdoms: Church and State There has been great controversy… [more]

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St. Bartholomew’s Day Sermon

Two weeks ago, Dori Beecham became a member of our congregation. In that rite of membership, I asked her several questions. One such question was, “Do you intend to continue steadfast in this confession and Church and to suffer all, even death, rather than fall away from it?” To this, Dori answered, “I do so intend by the grace of God.” That’s… [more]

St. Bartholomew’s Day Sermon St. Bartholomew's Day Sermon

Acts, Lesson 11: Peter and Cornelius

Peter had raised Tabitha from the dead and stayed near where Tabitha lived. While in Joppa, Peter stayed with a tanner. It’s now that we hear the Church spreading to full-blown Gentiles (as opposed to Samaritans, which were a Semitic people with some Jewish ancestry).  In this chapter of Acts, we see a new period of Church history begins. The… [more]

Acts, Lesson 11: Peter and Cornelius Acts, Lesson 11: Peter and Cornelius