At some point I must leave the ELCA… sadly…

November 2, 2009

The decision of the ELCA to turn away from scripture and the tradition of the historic Christian church leaves me no choice but to follow the clear word of scripture. These are very harsh words and hard to say. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. (Gal 1:8) Paul had to say these words because he spoke the truth in love. Would some say that Paul did not love? If we love someone we will speak the truth so they can see who they really are before God and see the unmerited favor that god offers to all. I echo Paul’s words with much sadness, for as the Psalmist said, Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity. (Ps. 133) This is no longer that case. I love my brothers and sisters in the faith but we must follow God’s Word above anything else.

In an October 16, 2009 letter from Lutheran CORE, Kenneth H. Sauer and Paull E. Spring (both formers bishops in the ELCA) stated the following… “Obviously we in Lutheran CORE are in disagreement with the decisions of the 2009 churchwide assembly. We see those decisions as part of an ongoing failure, within the churchwide expression of the ELCA, to listen to the words of Holy Scripture and the witness of two thousand years of Christian reflection on the Word of God. For these reasons Lutheran CORE is in the process of discerning prayerfully how God wishes to use us in ministry, a ministry that sadly must take place apart from the ELCA.”

At some point I must leave the ELCA… sadly…


Closet Mormon?

October 27, 2009

 

Some people are closet Mormons and don’t realize it. The Book of Mormon in II Nephi 25:23… “. . . We know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.”

Ouch! If me doing something to be saved is in the mix I am in major trouble. Let’s let the Bible set the record straight… Ephesians 2:8-9… “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Thanks be to God that He does it all. We would mess things up if we were part of the equation.

 


The Christian Life

October 21, 2009

The Christian life is not about moving from vice to virtue, but moving from virtue to Grace.

-Author Unknown


What Did Jesus Do? Bumper Sticker

October 20, 2009

Here’s a bumper sticker I designed. I welcome your feedback on this initial design.

bumper sticker WDJD 02d

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (ESV)

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,


Do you know how a fox gets rid of its fleas?

October 18, 2009

In the thousands of sermons that I have heard I have never heard this illustration until today.

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10.45)

 

Jesus came as a suffering servant, not a conquering king. As he walked amongst the people, as he healed, taught, and cleansed, Jesus absorbed the evil of the world. He took upon himself the brokenness, the injustice, the hatred – all of it – from the beginning of time to the end, all of it was collected and focused upon him.

 

 

He came to serve. He gave his life as a ransom for many.

 

Historian and theologian N.T. Wright describes something of what this is like by referencing an old fable about a fox with fleas:

 

“Do you know how a fox gets rid of its fleas? The fox goes along the hedgerow, and collects little bits of sheep’s wool. Then he makes it all into a ball of wool, which he holds in his mouth. Then he goes to the stream, and slowly, slowly, walks down into the water. He lowers himself right down into the water, with the ball of wool in his mouth, until at last he is totally submerged; then he lets go, and ball of wool floats away downstream, carrying all the fleas with it. The fox merges, clean. In this image, Jesus is the ball of wool… He takes the weight of the world’s evil upon himself, so that the world may emerge, clean.” (N.T. Wright, Following Jesus, p.48)


The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same

September 8, 2009

I ran across this hymn by Martin Luther. As you read the hymn you will see why I titled this post the way I did.

“O Lord, Look Down from Heaven, Behold”
by Martin Luther, 1483-1546

1. O Lord, look down from heaven, behold
And let Thy pity waken:
How few are we within Thy Fold,
Thy saints by men forsaken!
True faith seems quenched on every hand,
Men suffer not Thy Word to stand;
Dark times have us o’ertaken.

2. With fraud which they themselves invent
Thy truth they have confounded;
Their hearts are not with one consent
On Thy pure doctrine grounded.
While they parade with outward show,
They lead the people to and fro,
In error’s maze astounded.

3. May God root out all heresy
And of false teachers rid us
Who proudly say: “Now, where is he
That shall our speech forbid us?
By right or might we shall prevail;
What we determine cannot fail;
We own no lord and master.”

4. Therefore saith God, “I must arise,
The poor My help are needing;
To Me ascend My people’s cries,
And I have heard their pleading.
For them My saving Word shall fight
And fearlessly and sharply smite,
The poor with might defending.”

5. As silver tried by fire is pure
From all adulteration,
So through God’s Word shall men endure
Each trial and temptation.
Its light beams brighter through the cross,
And, purified from human dross,
It shines through every nation.

6. Thy truth defend, O God, and stay
This evil generation;
And from the error of their way
Keep Thine own congregation.
The wicked everywhere abound
And would Thy little flock confound;
But Thou art our Salvation.


We all need the Physician!

August 20, 2009

It’s not possible to be to bad for Jesus, but it’s possible to be to good or to holy for Jesus.
– Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller – Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO

And hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2:17


“Why do we go to church?

August 11, 2009

“Why do we go to church?
To be with Jesus and to receive His gifts.”
Arthur A. Just Jr.
“Heaven on Earth: The Gifts of Christ in the Divine Service”


Pirate Christian Radio

August 10, 2009

Wow! I am enjoying Pirate Christian Radio. It is exactly what it says it is.

www.piratechristianradio.com

Pirate Christian Radio is an online radio station that proclaims the true Christian Gospel message that “Christ was crucified for our sins”. We also exalt and defend the historic Christian faith from those who are trying to replace or mix it with pop-psychology, self-help, mysticism, liberalism, and Oprah-fied spirituality.” — from the main page of the Pirate Christian Radio website


A Litttle Thought

June 30, 2009

The more unrest I see all around the world makes me realize the rest I have with Christ.