Christians encounter hostility and subtle persecution in the United States and face open persecution in other parts of the world. We are called to turn the other cheek, but in what other ways would God have us respond? Standing Firm provides biblical perspectives to help understand the challenge of persecution and how God promises to guide, use, and sustain us. The following excerpt from the book discusses the resources that God provides for us when dealing with hostility.
Archives for August 2015
A symposium to celebrate the publication of the Concordia Commentary on Ephesians, by Dr. Thomas M. Winger, will be held on September 14 on the campus of Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saint Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Winger is pictured above at the site of ancient Ephesus. For more details, see the flyer below:
In the newly revised edition of Handling the Word of Truth, John Pless explains C. F. W. Walther’s simple, yet complex, art of how to distinguish between Law and Gospel in faithful preaching and in Christian conversations. The following excerpt is from chapter 4, in which Pless expounds on Thesis VI of Walther’s Law and Gospel, instructing Christians not to mix God’s Law with the Gospel.
The Mix Makes the Muddle
You’ve Got Questions? Rev. Dr. Michael Eschelbach has answers! Rev. Eschelbach draws from thirty years of experience teaching the New Testament at the university level and in the parish. Using an easy to follow question and answer format, this book answers more than 2100 intriguing questions about the New Testament. The answers, which highlight and reference parallel biblical texts, demonstrate how all of Scripture is connected. [Read more…] about Available Now! The Big Book of New Testament Questions and Answers
Should we share our good works or do them in secret? Does Jesus contradict Himself? The following excerpt from the Lutheran Bible Companion sheds light on this seeming contradiction.
Matthew 5:16 reads: “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 6:1 asserts: “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.” [Read more…] about Are Good Works to Be Done Openly or in Secret?