Gathering the Elect

Matthew 24:31, “And He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Have you ever been to a concert? Whether it’s an orchestra, a worship band, or your favourite rock band? I have. Whether it’s a…

God Doesn’t Owe You Anything

Job 41:11, “Who has first given to Me, that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is Mine.” Does the title of this article offend you? Good. Now I have your attention. I’m not a pastor yet, but in my studies and ministry training I’ve led several people to faith, encouraged brothers and…

The (Right) Way

Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” Before our religion was given the…

Cleansing

Job 14:4, “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean thing? There is not one.” Sometimes we make big messes that are hard to clean up—wine on our shirt or carpet, grease on our jeans after working on our car. What’s even worse is that sometimes our best efforts to clean up the mess…

Pro-Life: Our Duty to Mothers and the Unborn

This is an essay from the upper level Christian Ethics course at Concordia University-Ann Arbor, which has been revised to fit the needs of this blog. On the issue of abortion, the pro-life side argues the child has the “right” to life, whereas the pro-choice side argues the mother has the “right” to choice. Yet…

Why Should I Go To Church?

As a future pastor, this question bugs me. I come across Christians from all different walks of life who somehow get it in their heads that since they’re Christian, church isn’t required. Actually, the opposite is true. Church is required because you’re Christian! If you’re not Christian, obviously church isn’t required. After all, why would an unbeliever…

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.…