Trouble in the Garden

“Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what ...
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The Real High Priest in the Real Most Holy Place

In the Apostles’ Creed we confess that after Jesus’ death and before his resurrection, he descended into hell. We don’t ...
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Why Don’t Lutherans Talk More about the Holy Spirit?

I’ve been asked this question before, and I’ve actually asked it of other Lutheran pastors to see how they respond ...
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Resolution 2019: The Bible

I have an annual joke that gets less funny every year. I wait for someone to ask me what my ...
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Christian Hymnody: History and Emotion

One of the great benefits of a Christian hymnal is that it pulls together the very best of Christian hymnody ...
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Feelings, Reality, and Jesus

Is what we feel real? We live in a world where feelings reign supreme. And why not? Our feelings are ...
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The Cost of Forgiveness

Forgiveness is expensive. Now that might sound a bit strange, especially to Christian ears. We might think, “Wait a minute! ...
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History and Forgiveness

I have a question for you. It might seem like an odd question. It might even seem trivial. But there’s ...
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On Vocation and Evangelism

When I was in high school I felt a profound burden to tell my friends about Jesus. I didn’t really ...
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Let’s Not Talk about the Issue

Let’s not talk about the issue. You know what I’m talking about—that theological, political, or social issue that causes your ...
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