How Meme of You: Trusting the Government

The meme on the right has some truth to it. If you look at history and examine how governments in the past have betrayed its people, one would be foolish to trust the government… at times. It is true that there is corruption in the government, but let’s be honest here: government is not entirely an unnecessary institution.…

“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…

Does Jesus Advocate Gun Rights?

Before I start, let me first make it irrevocably clear that the point of this article is not to push forward any political agenda. I am not going to be using Scripture to support the Republican side for gun rights or the Democrat side for no gun rights. (Full disclosure: I support Americans’ 2nd Amendment…

Millennial Quits Church After Learning He’s A Sinner

ST. LOUIS, MO—Ryan Simpson, a 22-year-old business major, started attending Trinity Lutheran Church of the LCMS and reportedly stopped attending after three weeks of attending the Sunday services and Wednesday Bible studies. When approached by the church’s pastor, Pastor Taylor, who asked him why he was leaving, Ryan responded, “After being Christian my whole life,…

The Gospel of Jesus Christ: Salvation for the Lowly

This entry has been modified to fit the audience of this blog from an essay written for the upper religion course, Gospel of Luke, at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In ancient Roman society, it was common practise to exalt the mighty and bring down the humble to even lower positions. This worldview has…

“Deliver Us From Evil”

Before I started my Lutheran confirmation classes, I read the entire Book of Concord and one of the things that really struck me was what Luther said about the last petition of the Lord’s Prayer. In this petition, many English translations read, “but deliver us from evil.” For those who can read Greek, this is…

God’s Will Be Done or Your Will Be Done?

Matthew 6:10, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus teaches us how we ought to pray, which includes praying for God’s will to be done rather than ours. Luther explains this third petition in his Small Catechism: In fact, God’s good and gracious will…