Pastors

  • Our Advent Prayer: Come, Lord Jesus

    Our Advent Prayer: Come, Lord Jesus

    Advent is upon us! It is a time of waiting, a time of hope, a time of preparation, a time of prayer. The prayer of the Church throughout each and every Advent season is this: “Come,...

    Read Article
  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 13:24–37

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 13:24–37

    In this passage, Christ alludes to the end times and His second coming on Judgment Day. He also asserts that it is only the Father who knows when this day will come. He does all this in...

    Read Article
  • The Holy Spirit in Chronicles

    The Holy Spirit in Chronicles

    The following is an excerpt from volume 1 of The Lutheran Bible Companion on the action of the Holy Spirit in 1 Chronicles and 2 Chronicles.

    Read Article
  • Technology in Ministry with Rev. Jason Christ

    Technology in Ministry with Rev. Jason Christ

    With training and background as a Director of Christian Education (DCE), now ordained and associate pastor at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Tonawanda, New York, Rev. Jason Christ has...

    Read Article
  • Browse Books for Pastors

    Learn More
  • Doers of the Word in James

    Doers of the Word in James

    In Dr. Curtis Giese’s Commentary on James, Giese gives particular attention to James’s meaning in his use of specific words, including “faith,” “justification,” “Law,” and “Gospel.” In...

    Read Article
  • Church Worker Appreciation in the Bible

    Church Worker Appreciation in the Bible

    October is Church Worker Appreciation month. I know many congregations throughout the world have been showing their pastors, deaconesses, DCEs, musicians, and other church workers much...

    Read Article
  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 10:46–52

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 10:46–52

    This passage marks a turning point in Jesus’ ministry. He completes His work in Judea and Perea and moves toward Jerusalem, where our Lord will make His triumphant entry and begin...

    Read Article
  • Elijah: God’s Prophet to the Kings of Israel

    Elijah: God’s Prophet to the Kings of Israel

    Throughout the Old Testament—and especially in the Books of 1 and 2 Kings—God works through prophets to call Israel and her kings back to Him and rebuke their unbelief. The following...

    Read Article
  • How Christians Can Build Healthy Digital Habits42:40

    How Christians Can Build Healthy Digital Habits

    Have you considered how the time you spend on technology is affecting both your spiritual and physical well-being? The pastor-psychiatrist team of Rev. A. Trevor Sutton and Dr. Brian Smith join us to

    Watch Video
  • Why Will the World End?

    Why Will the World End?

    This blog post is adapted from Johann Gerhard’s Theological Commonplace On the End of the World and On Hell, specifically Gerhard’s notes on the reasons for the end of the world.

    Read Article
  • The Lutheran Legacy of Resistance

    The Lutheran Legacy of Resistance

    The following is an excerpt from Wade Johnson’s essay “We Must Obey God Rather Than Men: The Lutheran Legacy of Resistance” in One Lord, Two Hands? Essays on the Theology of the Two...

    Read Article
  • Infertility in the Bible

    Infertility in the Bible

    One painful experience that is repeated throughout the Scriptures is infertility. It’s surprising how many biblical stories involve infertility. Abraham and Sarah (Genesis 11-21), Isaac...

    Read Article
  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 9

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 9

    In Mark 9:30-37, Jesus’ disciples demonstrate concern over who is the greatest. The issue of rank among the twelve takes on new meaning as we consider the context of the passage.

    Read Article
  • Samuel: Prophet, Priest, and Judge

    Samuel: Prophet, Priest, and Judge

    This blog post is an excerpt from the Lutheran Bible Companion, Volume 1: Introduction and Old Testament. 

    Read Article
  • On Preaching About Hell: Gerhard’s Advice

    On Preaching About Hell: Gerhard’s Advice

    This blog post is adapted from Gerhard’s Theological Commonplace On the End of the World and On Hell, or Eternal Death, specifically Gerhard’s notes on the practical pastoral benefits...

    Read Article
  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 7

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 7

    Mark’s Gospel is one of immediacy. Without the account of John the Baptist’s birth or that of Jesus Christ, Mark moves immediately to Jesus calling the disciples, healing, casting out...

    Read Article
  • Redemption and Symbolism in Ruth

    Redemption and Symbolism in Ruth

    This blog post is adapted from Lutheran Bible Companion, Volume 1: Introduction and Old Testament.  One of the first matters to require attention is the real import of Ruth’s...

    Read Article
  • Works-Righteousness: Luther’s Response to His Opponents

    Works-Righteousness: Luther’s Response to His Opponents

    This blog post is adapted from Luther’s Works, Volume 61: Theological and Polemical Works. These notations made by Martin Luther regarding the Bible passages used by his opponents to...

    Read Article
  • Preaching on Texts That Are Light with Gospel

    Preaching on Texts That Are Light with Gospel

    One of the challenges that pastors face as they prepare sermons is what to do with texts that are heavy on Law and light on Gospel. As I look at the four assigned lectionary texts for...

    Read Article
  • The Order of Creation and the Pastoral Office

    The Order of Creation and the Pastoral Office

    This blog post is adapted from Male & Female: Embracing Your Role in God’s Design.  The order of creation and the unique relationship between head and helper in marriage intersects...

    Read Article
  • loading
    Loading More...