“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21). Most of us would probably say evil is multiplying every day in our American society and it is getting increasingly difficult not to be overcome by it. Most of us could probably make the case that in our lifetime, we have seen law and order deteriorate, disregard for life … [Read more...] about Our Extraordinary Calling in Overcoming Evil
Occasion: Sermon at the ELS Seminary Graduation Service, June 19, 1988 Excerpted from print: “A Brief Legacy” p. 28 – (Rev. President Wilhelm W. Petersen) THE WORD WHICH YOU ARE TO PROCLAIM| 2 Peter 1:19-21| Rev. President Wilhelm W. Petersen 2 Peter 1:19-21 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a … [Read more...] about Echoes From Pulpits Past: The Word Which You Are To Proclaim
After St. Paul’s missionary trips in Greece and Asia Minor, he went south to Jerusalem despite being warned that in Jerusalem some Jews would try to capture him and turn him over to the Romans. The warnings were soon realized when the Pharisees and Sadducees accused Paul of sedition and false teaching. A plot to kill Paul was foiled when Paul’s … [Read more...] about “I Appeal to Caesar!” St. Paul’s Response before King Agrippa
“Catechesis” means to teach by “echoing back and forth.” Luther’s Small Catechism contains questions to be spoken by a parent, pastor, or teacher as children are taught to respond with answers that echo God’s Word. Catechesis—repetition and memorization until the message becomes second nature—is a very effective teaching method. The world uses this … [Read more...] about Assessing the Theology of Cultural Marxism
THE LIFE SAVER I suspect everyone reading this article is familiar with a LIFE SAVER – the famous little hard candies. Regardless of your opinion on that candy, you have to hand it to Clarence Crane, the original creator. A candy in the shape of a flotation device used to save the life of one drowning—the name together with the shape of the … [Read more...] about The Giver of Life
Rev. Harold Senkbeil aptly titled a book that way. In his book, he answered the question this way: God is where His Word and Sacrament are.[i] But what does church membership mean if we aren’t looking for God? It means we are looking for something other than the main thing. Don’t be surprised at this, for as Paul prophesies, For the time is coming … [Read more...] about Where in the World is God?