Martin Luther provided guidance in word and deed during the Black Plague... and his advice continues to resonate with truth for COVID 19.
Our power, authority, leadership, voice, religion, and vocation (calling) are tools to be willed to bring forth God's Kingdom.
"For faith must come freely without compulsion. Take myself as an example. I opposed indulgences and all the papists, but never with force. I simply taught, preached, and wrote God's Word; otherwise I did nothing. And while I slept, or drank Wittenberg beer with my friends Philip and Amsdorf, the Word so greatly weakened the… Continue reading Lenten Meditation: The Word Sends
“For in truth we are not called once only, but many times; all through our life Christ is calling us. He called us first in Baptism; but afterwards also; whether we obey His voice or not, He graciously calls us still. If we fall from our Baptism, He calls us to repent; if we are… Continue reading Lent Meditation: The WORD Calls
YouTube Last Sunday, I talked about there being a common theme in Mark you would hear a lot this year. The theme is that the Kingdom of God has come, it is near, and it is not yet fulfilled. Mark has a second common theme that was in our passage last week, this morning, and… Continue reading Healing for Vocation
YouTube I have previously said that this Time After Epiphany is a series of God’s manifestations in Jesus as the Christ and Christ’s ministry. We see these manifestations in various, distinctive ways. Last week, we heard the story of Jesus calling Nathaniel and a few other men to be disciples. The story was not (necessarily)… Continue reading Invitation to Follow
YouTube There are inter-connected themes and threads throughout scripture in different stories. These are not always the easiest to recognize or to piece together. I want to talk this morning about Samuel, his calling, and this ‘call story’ but I want to start from the beginning. His story parallels a story that comes later in… Continue reading Invitation to Vocation