"Life!" Who DOESN'T strive for that? Who DOESN'T work hard to stay healthy in order to prolong life, itself? In the Gospel reading before us this week, Jesus points and says where "life" is found. We discuss this in this sermon. The title is "Here is Life!" based on John 6:35-51.
Who or what should we blame for the "bad things" that are done in this world? Was the Chicago Tribune correct with its headline of last February? That major publication claimed to have identified a signficant cause for a certain type of crime. We disect that in this devotion based on Mt. 15:17-20a.
Preaching "politics" or "the Gospel"? In this week's midweek devotion we'll consider the place for "politics" to be discussed within Christ's Church. And, within that, when exactly IS a topic purely politics or a real matter of the articles of the Christian Faith? In this devotion we use Titus 1:7 & 9 and the Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Art. I, para. 14-15 to help us.
On rare occasions an insufficient amount of bread or wine are laid out for the celebration of the Lord's Supper. Why does the Pastor stop everything and consecrate the extra elements that were hurriedly brought to him from the preparation room? What's "the big deal" about having him slow down the service just to say the Words of our Lord that were ALREADY said over the other elements that are now consumed? We discuss these questions in today's devotion.
What - REALLY - goes on during the Divine Service; that is, the weekly gathering of God's people in "a church service." Oh, we know that it's God's people encountering His Word & Sacraments. But, what's the CONTEXT of that encounter? We shall consider that question in this week's midweek devotion.
"Scrambling for Scraps" is the title of the sermon this week based on John 6:22-35. There Jesus proclaims that He is the "Bread of Life." Yet, so many then - and now - reject Him and scramble after the "food" of this world that does not endure.