Christ’s Communion: “Recognizing the Body of Christ”

Theology of Glory or Theology of the Cross?  Rev. Howard Patten Editor’s Note: Howard Patten has served the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and the larger church for sixty years as a mission developer, a chaplain in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a pastor to multi-cultural congregations, a district executive for mission and evangelism, a district president,…
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Cyprian’s Plague: On Mortality (Part 3)

Rev. Edward A. Scott Pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church (LCMS), Hobe Sound, Florida As we face unprecedented circumstances in our daily lives, I am reminded that unprecedented circumstances are a part of every generation.  We can always find people and situations where lessons were learned that can help us today.  Nearly 1800 years ago, Cyprian,…
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Cyprian’s Plague: On Mortality (Part 2)

Rev. Edward A. Scott Pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church (LCMS), Hobe Sound, Florida As we face unprecedented circumstances in our daily lives, I am reminded that unprecedented circumstances are a part of every generation.  We can always find people and situations where lessons were learned that can help us today.  Nearly 1800 years ago, Cyprian,…
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Cyprian’s Plague: On Mortality

Rev. Edward A. Scott Pastor of Bethel Lutheran Church (LCMS), Hobe Sound, Florida As we face unprecedented circumstances in our daily lives, I am reminded that unprecedented circumstances are a part of every generation. We can always find people and situations where lessons were learned that can help us today. Nearly 1800 years ago, Cyprian,…
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Does God Play Favorites? (Sermon)

Rev. Dr. Eric Moeller Text: Matt. 15:21-28 11th Sunday after Pentecost Trinity Lutheran Church, Portland, OR August 16, 2020 This is such a difficult text, so easily misunderstood. Why doesn´t Jesus answer the woman right away? Is he cold and hard towards her? Why does he say such seemingly harsh things in the face of…
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A Take on Art & Theology

during the closure of the Balcony Gallery at Peace Lutheran Church, Salem, Oregon Rev. Joel Nickel The current viral pandemic requires personal safety, masking, and observing the directions of public health authorities. In the meantime while our church art gallery is closed, we have a chance to meditate and think about the intersection of art…
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Orphaned No More (Sermon)

Rev. Dale Krueger Editor’s Note: It is fitting that this sermon by Rev. Dale Krueger, an emeritus LCMS pastor who lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is paired with Dr. Edmund Schlink’s classic essay, “Christ and the Church.” Pastor Krueger studied with Professor Schlink in Heidelberg in the 1957-58 academic year. Pastor Krueger lived in the Ecumenical…
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Christ and the Church

Dr. Edmund Schlink Editor’s Introduction: Dr. Edmund Schlink (1903-1984) was one of the most important Lutheran theologians of the twentieth century. After serving as a Lutheran pastor and seminary professor in Germany in the 1930s, he was called to be a professor of dogmatic and ecumenical theology at Heidelberg University in 1946. He taught there…
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Hope for a Time Like This (Sermon)

By Matthew L. Becker “Christ Jesus was chosen before the creation of the world but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.” – First Peter 1:20-21 Hope is in…
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