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