The Apocrypha, Lesson 14: 2 Maccabees and Purgatory

Recap After we had looked into prayers for the sainted dead in 2 Maccabees, one person in class wanted to explore the verse that followed.  Your teacher tactfully avoided doing so to keep the Lesson on task.  Today, to honor this person’s august wishes (it is August, after all!), we delve deeper in to what […]

Augsburg Confession, Article 18: Free Will

AC XVIII: Freedom of the Human Will Our churches teach that a person has some freedom to choose civil righteousness and to do things subject to reason. However, it does not have the power to produce the righteousness of God or spiritual righteousness without the Holy Spirit. For the “unbeliever doesn’t accept what comes from […]

Our Pastor is Published in Gottesdienst: The Journal of Lutheran Liturgy

One of our pastor’s sermons was published in the Trinity 2013 issue of Gottesdienst: The Journal of Lutheran Liturgy.  Our pastor originally preached the sermon in the journal for a local pastors’ conference, commemorating St. Augustine. To find out more about Gottesdienst, click here.  Below is his sermon for the Commemoration of Augustine of Hippo, Pastor […]

Commemoration of the Birth of St. Augustine of Hippo, November 13th

This is the sermon our pastor preach at the Springfield, MO pastoral circuit meeting on November 13th. Texts: Revelation 7:9-12, 8:1-4; Hebrews 12:22-29   Augustine was born on November 13th, 354 in North Africa, about 45 miles south of the Mediterranean Sea.  Like all of us, he was born dead in his trespasses and sins.  […]