Our Lord’s Final Words from the Cross: John 19:25-27: Sons and Mother

Perhaps, you’ve been there. Few events stamp themselves into your memory with such force. To be present when a loved one dies is a powerful experience. When grief grabs you in such a holy moment, it defies description.       Your throat constricts, your chest tightens, and breathing becomes a labor. Even when death […]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 12: It’s Not About “Rights”

Paul is viewing life based on the reality that Christ could return at any time. Jesus’ birth, death, and ascension into heaven means that God has accomplished everything needed for Jesus’ return. That’s why Paul says, “The present form of this world is passing away” (1 Corinthians 7:31). Paul now applies that same worldview to […]

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 teaching with historic eyes.   From the time of Martin Luther’s excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church taught and believed that Mary […]