The Spirit of the Truth, the Spirit of the LORD

The Spirit of the Truth, the Spirit of the LORD

In the name of the Father and of the ✠ Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. There was a pastor who began to feel that his sermons lacked “pizazz”; he wondered if, with all his careful study, preparation, and writing, he was really letting the Spirit guide his preaching....

What now? The Call Process Status

Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished. –1 Chronicles 28:20b The special voters’ assembly did not result in...
The Redeeming Connection

The Redeeming Connection

The sermon text for the 5th Sunday of Easter is from John 15:1–5 I Am the True Vine [1] “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. [2] Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may...
“I Have Authority”

“I Have Authority”

In the name of the Father and of the ✠ Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. Chen Zongrong is the former deputy director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs for the People’s Republic of China (Communist China).  Last month that agency was absorbed into the...
“What Did You Think It Was Going to Be”

“What Did You Think It Was Going to Be”

In the name of the Father and of the ✠ Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. Have you ever had someone ask you a question, and you reply, “What did you say?”  And the other person says, “Just say yes.”  Husbands and wives are familiar with this type of conversation, as...

Children in Worship

How do we teach children about Lutheran Worship? Parents sometimes think worship is too adult or over the heads of children for them to understand. While teaching a child about worship can seem daunting to a parent, it may be surprising that children can comprehend...