When God Answers in Questions

Job 38:4, “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.” God answering Job in his misery is my favourite section in the book. Like us, Job was asking why he was suffering and was demanding that God answer him. So, finally, God answers him, but not with…

“Why Do You Want to be A Pastor?”

I get asked this question often, and I was inevitably asked this question during my Michigan District interview as part of the process in applying for the LCMS seminary. When it comes down to it, I really just have a simple answer: Because of Jesus. Of course, that’s not a satisfactory answer for one probing at…

Memoirs of A Pastor: Entry 72

*I have decided to share a choice few entries of my memoir.* April 5, 2017; 2213 hours In dealing with poverty, for the past few decades, it appears to me we have been addressing the dilemma from the wrong angle. It seems to me we are largely focused on bringing unearned wealth to the poor.…

Crouching Sin, Hidden Dragon

Genesis 4:4-5, 8, And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell… Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him. Many…

Rooted in the Faith: Goodness

Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control; against such things there is no law.” The fruit of the Spirit, goodness, is not our goodness, but God’s. No one is good except God alone (Luke 18:19; Ecclesiastes 7:20), but faith requires action for the Christian. James 2:17, “Even…

Christian Love: Faith

1 Timothy 4:12, “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.” Some would say the main difference between Christians and unbelievers is that Christians have faith whereas atheists have logic, but everyone has faith in something. Not only is…

Christian Youth: Conduct

1 Timothy 4:12, “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.” Conduct is our next example for Christian youth. Other translations say “life,” but that’s far too ambiguous. “Conduct” is closer to the Greek. It is easy to say,…