In the Midst of Election Craziness, We Are Still Called to Vote

In the Midst of Election Craziness, We Are Still Called to Vote

In a tumultuous election year—such as the one we are experiencing now—Christians may be tempted to stay away from the ballot box. In the everyday political discussions Christians may have with family, friends, co-workers, and strangers, it is often tempting to throw our hands up in the air in desperation and threaten to withhold our(…)

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An Excerpt from Blessed: God’s Gift of Love

An Excerpt from <i>Blessed: God’s Gift of Love</i>

Throughout the course of any given day, we often ask for God’s blessing—for ourselves or for others—almost as a matter of routine. We ask for God’s blessing during times of great sadness and at times of great joy. We ask for God’s blessing when we awake and when we go to bed at night. We(…)

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In Commemoration of Bernard of Clairvaux

In Commemoration of Bernard of Clairvaux

On August 19th, the Church commemorated Bernard of Clairvaux (1069–1153), Hymnwriter and Theologian. Bernard was a French abbot who reformed the Cistercian order of monks. In The Real Luther: A Friar at Erfurt and Wittenberg, Franz Posset explores the often neglected area of Luther research—the influence of Bernard of Clairvaux upon Luther. Posset gets into(…)

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What People Are Saying about Has American Christianity Failed?

What People Are Saying about <i>Has American Christianity Failed?</>

In this sparkling handbook of Lutheran theology, the author draws on his own experience of popular American Christianity. Yet his focus is not on his own story but on the common impact of God’s Word as Law and Gospel on its hearers. Against the backdrop of American Christianity’s spiritually shallow and superficially biblical claims, he(…)

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Luther on Baptism and the New Life in Christ

Luther on Baptism and the New Life in Christ

Volume 57 of Luther’s Works presents sermons by Martin Luther from the 1530s. During this period, much of the reformer’s preaching was topical, addressing key points of doctrine in response to internal and external challenges to the evangelical presentation of the Gospel. In January and February 1534, Luther preached a series of sermons on Baptism,(…)

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“I’m spiritual, not religious,” an excerpt from Has American Christianity Failed?

“I’m spiritual, not religious,” an excerpt from <i>Has American Christianity Failed?</i>

American Christianity teaches the centrality of the individual—my will, my experiences, my decision, my heart, my work, and my dedication. Yet we couldn’t be more unaware that Christ and His saving and comforting work are being lost. In Has American Christianity Failed?, author Bryan Wolfmueller sounds the alarm against the false teaching and dangerous practices of(…)

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