The Zion Blog

Closed Communion

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? Why does the LCMS practice closed communion?? I once had a Lutheran pastor tell me that it was because not all denominations believe that what is present is actually the body and blood of Christ, and it would not be proper to give communion to someone who doesn?t (Read the rest…)

Children Receiving Holy Communion Before Confirmation

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? From time to time I hear of young children being given Holy Communion before they are confirmed.? What?s the Church?s opinion on that?? Also, what?s your opinion on this matter? Answer: Thanks for writing.? Yes, some of what you describe does go on in certain Lutheran Churches.? Some (Read the rest…)

How Can God Feel Anger If Its A Sin & Negatives In Heaven

This month?s question is two-fold. Question #1: Hey Pastor, I have a question! Each night I read to my son from his Children?s Bible and a couple of questions arose.? Actually, these issues have come up several times in different sections of the readings.? Because of that, he asked me to write to you with (Read the rest…)

Can You Have Membership In Multiple Churches

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question! Is it possible for a person to hold membership in two different congregations at the same time? It seems that as long as each of the two congregations is Christian, holding membership in each body of believers ought to be OK, right? What are your thoughts on this (Read the rest…)

Can Salvation Be Lost?

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question that brings up debate whenever it arises with my friends.? It seems that many Christians, and not just Lutherans, grow up and come to believe that if you?re baptized, you believe in the Triune God and Jesus Christ as one?s Savior, then ?You?re Saved!?? They believe that no (Read the rest…)

Can A Protestant Wear A Crucifix?

Question:? Hey Pastor, I have a question!? A column in the religion section of the newspaper intrigued me.? The column was a question and answer forum and one question asked was: ?Can a Protestant wear a crucifix??? Do you have any thoughts on this same question? Answer:? Thank you for your query.? Thanks also for (Read the rest…)

Can Anyone Baptize?

Question: Hey Pastor, I have a question!? Today I was talking to a woman that I work with.? She identifies herself as a Lutheran; but as it turns out, she was never Baptized and thus never became a member of the Church.? She had only attended church when she was young.? I think that she (Read the rest…)

Can A Non Lutheran Be A Sponsor or Godparent?

Question: In Luther?s Small Catechism, question 247 (page 203, 1991 edition) it states:? ?Only those of the same confession of faith should be sponsors.?? Is this still followed or is ?should? the operative word here?? Thanks for your answer. Inquisitive Christian Answer: Dear Inquisitive, Oh, you are an astute person! :-)? When I teach the (Read the rest…)

Are Crucifixes A Roman Catholic Practice?

Question: Hey Pastor, is the use of crucifixes a Roman Catholic practice?? Doesn’t the empty cross provide a better symbol for Lutherans?? How does the LCMS feel about using a crucifix in church? [Note: A crucifix is a cross with a figure of the crucified Christ on it.] Answer: For the answer to this question, (Read the rest…)

Zion Lutheran School Is Now Registering

Zion Lutheran School is currently registering 3 year preschool through eighth grade for the 2012-2013 school year. We welcome you to visit our campus and learn of our mission. Call 708.946.2272 to schedule your private tour. We look forward to welcoming you home!