Acts 1:12-26: The Office is Greater than the Man

Most of us don’t realize how much North Africans influenced our Christian thinking.  For instance, they became the first to worship in Latin.  So, much of western Christian thought came from them, as we in the West later adopted the Latin language. In the first three centuries, a higher percentage of Christians lived in the […]

1 Corinthians 4:1: Stewards of the Mysteries of God

When Jesus started His New-Covenant Church, fulfilling what came before, He didn’t hand out copies of the Bible and tell people to read it. Neither did He command His Apostles to do the same. He commanded them to do other things. And how God is at work through those things can be mysterious to our […]

Augsburg Confession, Article 28: The Authority of Bishops

Article 28 would take up about 6 pages if printed out in full. Since we are limited to an hour, your pastor has sorted out AC 28’s teachings into different categories.    AC XXVIII: Church Authority Article 28 delves into many areas dealing with Church authority.   Two Kingdoms: Church and State There has been […]

The Office of the Holy Ministry: John 20:19-31

When Jesus speaks His divine peace to His disciples, He shows them His wounds He received on the cross.  For Jesus, the crucified One, is now risen from the dead.  He is the Messiah–and His wounds prove it. But Thomas denied what he hadn’t experienced.  Instead, Thomas demanded a religious experience of his own choosing […]