Fire in the Bones: The Call of the Prophets

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”

Fire From Heaven: The Evangelical Lutheran Tennessee Synod

The Tennessee Synod boldly confessed Christ in the face of a difficult period in American history.

Extra: Sermon for the Installation of Rev. Willie Grills

Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

Mission in America

The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.

Hardening of the Conscience

So then He has mercy on whomever He wills, and He hardens whomever He wills.

Walther on Care for the Dying

And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”


For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

Ulrik Vilhelm Koren

U. V. Koren teaches us about what it means to be faithful in confession, patient in controversy, faithful in vocation, and fervent in duty.

Walther on Pastoral Care

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Prophets, Signs, and Obedience

Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.

Unity in the Church

Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!

Hearing the Word

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?


A Christian Meditation for the New Year

Another year has come and gone.  Each of us is one year…

Fourth Sunday in Advent: John 1:19-28

John comes in the spirit of Elijah, carrying out the work of preparing for the greater Elisha.

Third Sunday in Advent: Matthew 11:2-10

A bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench.

Second Sunday in Advent: Luke 21:25-36

Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in his faithfulness.

First Sunday in Advent: Matthew 21:1-9

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!

Thanksgiving Day: 1 Timothy 2:1-4

On Thanksgiving Day, we remember God’s blessings, which are too many to count.

Outsourcing Conscience: A Response to Yuval Noah Harari

A Christian response to Yuval Noah Harari and artificial intelligence.

Faithful in Mission, Part 5

I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.

Faithful in Mission, Part 4

Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.

Faithful in Mission, Part 3

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.

Faithful in Mission, Part 2

How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!

Review: Why Johnny Can't Preach

Are fleshly or pietistic expectations from the hearers only ever to blame when a sermon is not heard well? How can pastors improve their preaching skills?