Oct 13

Gospel of Jesus’ Wife – A likely forgery?

There is mounting evidence that the papyrus fragment that supposedly speaks about “Jesus’ wife” is a forgery. But it’s too late, the world has moved on. This seems to be further evidence that the era of “instant communication” isn’t necessarily good for the transmission of true knowledge, but is merely an opiate for the masses who are ever more demanding to be able to mainline the “new” and the “now.” Continue reading

Sep 12

Church Attendance: Why? I Already Know Jesus Loves Me, “The Bible Tells Me So”

As believers, It is absolutely true that we have a holy desire to give glory to God for all He has done and continues to do for us. But we can do that anywhere – we don’t need to attend a “worship service” to do that. So what’s so special about that hour on Sunday morning? What happens there that can’t happen anywhere else? Continue reading

Sep 04

The Purpose of Song in the Gathering of the Church (1 Corinthians 14)

The purpose of song in the gathering of the Church is to build up and edify others in their faith in Christ our Savior. In this article, we examine the use of Contemporary Christian Music in congregational worship in light of what God inspired St. Paul to write to the Church in 1 Corinthians 14 when the Corinthian churches were in need of correcting because of their worship practices. Continue reading

Jul 06

Lay Ministers and Article XIV

According to AC XXVIII and Tr. 67-70, no matter what we choose to call them, “Licensed Lay Deacons” are pastors of congregations. There is NO violation of AC XIV in the Licensed Lay Deacon program. The only legitimate question remaining is whether or not it was wise to institutionalize this route to becoming a pastor in the LCMS. Continue reading

Jun 17

Authentic Christianity: Authenticity vs. Sincerity

The term “Authentic Christianity” as it is used in so-called “Christian” books and magazines and blogs has nothing to do with authenticity or, very often, with Christianity for that matter. It has nothing to do with the truth and genuineness of the teachings proclaimed as “Christianity.” Instead it has to do with the sincerity of an individual who self-identifies as “Christian.” It has to do with with whether or not a person lives according to their own definition of what Christianity is or what they desire Christianity to be. Continue reading

Jun 15

African Christians Refuse To Have Their Best Life Now!

Pray that our persecuted brothers and sisters would take to heart Jesus’ words: “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed [kept/treasured] my teaching, they will obey [keep/treasure] yours also.” (John 15:18-20) Continue reading

Jun 11

FOUND ONLINE: New Study makes Evoloution Less Likely

The Journal NATURE recently published an article that knocks more holes in the idea that evolution is the mechanism by which all life on earth came to be.  The abstract indicates an “unexpected role” of a protein that protects important … Continue reading