John 8:31-36: Sweet is the Liberation Christ Gives

In fighting cadence, a magnificent military, an army, takes the field early on a summer day. The cavalry sat tall in their saddles, their regimental flags unfurling a rainbow of […]

Isaiah 66:1-2: Reformation, God Working Through Our Human Failures

A monk at Wittenberg, nails a document on a church door.  Written in Latin, he desires to spark a debate.  For this man spots others selling something called “indulgences,” which […]

The Reformation, Five Centuries Later

By Pr. Rich Futrell One year passes and another begins, 500-hundred years’ worth since Luther tacked his 95 theses on Wittenberg’s wooden door.  Through those statements, he wanted a debate […]

Reformation: Remaining in Jesus

“We hold that someone is justified by faith, apart from the works of the law” (Romans 3:28). Can it get any clearer than that? All have sinned and continue to […]

Revelation 14:6-7: Semper Reformanda

Pick a date, any date.  When did reformation begin?  If you’re like most, you would say it began when Martin Luther posted his 95 theses that called for a debate […]

First Communion during the Lutheran Reformation

This is our pastor’s article for SOTHLC ‘s November newsletter.   Today, almost all of us have grown up seeing infant baptism as the norm.  Later, a baptized child would […]

Reformation Day Sermon: John 8:31-36

What is this nonsense?  How can the Jews who were listening to Jesus say, “We are Abraham’s descendants; we’ve never been slaves of anyone”?  Have they never read the Old […]

Sola Scriptura in All Its Glory!

This is an article I wrote for the September 1st, 2011 edition of the Stone County Gazette. ——— “Sola Scriptura” literally says “scripture alone.”  It’s a shortened statement Martin Luther […]

The Apocrypha and Change within the Lutheran and Roman Churches

The Apocrypha and Change within the Lutheran and Roman Churches Lesson 4 By Pr. Rich Futrell Jan 23, 2011 Recap Last week, we learned how the early Church responded to […]