Category Archives: Pastors’ Corner

From the Pastor’s Desk- October 2019

Time for Another Reformation On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Thesis for debate on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.  Luther was challenging the status quo in the church and wanted to debate its teachings in light of the Bible.  Thus the Reformation of the church began. I believe it is time to challenge some of the status quo ideas of the Christian Church again. In recent years there

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From the Pastor’s Desk- September 2019

Speaking the Truth in Love The current debates in our culture and within some Christian circles don’t primarily center on issues that have historically disturbed the Christian Church.  Most of those debates were centered on the nature of God and His Word, the teaching of the Scriptures regarding justification and sanctification, fellowship between churches, etc.  Today the focus has almost completely changed.  The current debates focus not on the nature of God but on the

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From the Pastor’s Desk- August 2019

Should Anyone Ask Jesus into Their Heart? Have you ever seen an evangelism tract or heard someone talk about asking Jesus to come into a person’s heart?  Many people have actually prayed in these terms thinking that doing this initiates their personal salvation. Obviously in such situations we know that they are not referring to the body’s blood-pumping organ in the chest. We understand that the heart here refers to the core of our being

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From the Pastor’s Desk – July 2019

Praying for an End to Abortion Washington, D.C. – In a concurring opinion in the Gamble v. United States decision released on Monday, June 17, 2019, Justice Clarence Thomas discussed at some length “the proper role of the doctrine stare decisis*,” in what many court-watchers believe may be an attempt prepare the Court to overturn precedents such as the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that inserted a manufactured “right” to abortion into the Constitution. Justice

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From the Pastor’s Desk – June 2019

Navigating the Culture of 2019 In 1980 I moved to St. Paul to attend Concordia College.  I had never lived in a city and learned quickly that I needed to have a decent map, so I to purchased a Hudson’s Twin Cities Street Atlas, an expensive, thick, spiral bound volume that contained every street in the Twin Cities (and suburbs).  Even with the Hudson’s every now and then I’d still get lost, but most of

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