Prayers for the Dead: A Scriptural and Lutheran Worldview

Introduction The Scriptures teach us that a when a person dies, he immediately begins to experience eternity in one of two states: heaven or hell. The Christian experiences eternity as […]

A Biblical and Historical Look at “The Rapture”

Today, it seems almost impossible to escape the talk of “The Rapture” within the North American Church.  Over the last century, this teaching has become so popular within North-American Protestant […]

Why We Sing What We Sing in Church

This is our pastor’s article for the July-August 2013 newsletter. One of the deep enigmas in the current-day church is why we sing what we sing.  Few of us have […]

Confession, Absolution, and the Spoken Word of Forgiveness

Often, Christians are confused about a Pastor speaking God’s forgiveness to others.  Some (i.e., Protestants) say that only God can forgive sins.  Such a statement is true, but neglects how […]

What are We to Make of the Perpetual Virginity of Mary?

What are we to make of the traditional Lutheran position that Mary remained a virgin her entire life?  This short theological pondering from Pastor Futrell helps us look at this […]

Will the Real “Sola Scriptura” Please Stand Up!

This is an excursus that our pastor wrote for a study on the New Testament epistle of Jude.   Excursus: Will the Real “Sola Scriptura” Please Stand Up! To make […]

Lessons on the Apocrypha

Believe it or not, the Lutheran Confessions refer to the Apocrypha as “Scripture.”  Yet, if you were to read through the Lutheran Confessions, you would find that they never even […]