Who’s Confessional?

Here is a story with no ending. Fictional Pastors Schmidt and Schultz shepherd LCMS congregations in neighboring towns. Both believe that Holy Scripture is the sole norm for faith and life in the church and both subscribe to the Lutheran Confessions (quia) as a true and proper exhibition and exposition

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Is Mission Outreach Dispensable?

A sentiment that surfaces in the church every now and then is that mission outreach and evangelistic efforts are not necessary. The reasoning goes: God has predestined people to salvation; He will convert whom He will convert; all we need to do is wait for the elect to become part

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New Starts for New People

I stayed at a new Home2 Suites hotel the other day. It’s a fairly new hotel brand in the Hilton family of hotels. Hilton Worldwide had not launched a new brand in twenty years. So, why the new start? One important reason: new starts reach new people. For under a

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Are You A True Confessional?

You cannot be a CONFESSIONAL without having the MISSION of God at the heart of your theology. The hallmark of the Lutheran reformation is the statement “Grace alone, faith alone, and scripture alone.” It can also be said that the Scriptures became more accessible to the German Christians through the

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Life with a Shot Clock

During the March Madness hoopla of NCAA basketball, our nation lives with the evident reality of a shot clock. There was a time when college basketball did not have a shot clock. You may remember when collegiate basketball players could stand around the top of the key on a basketball

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