How many of you have ever been called pessimistic?

How about negative?

And is there a Debbie Downer among us?

Something deep within our fallen pessimism tells us that when Jesus says, “…A little while, and you will see me” (John 16:16, emphasis added), it’s like when a doctor says, “This will only hurt a little bit.”

What I mean is, when we hear that, we don’t believe it. (more…)

Baptism is not just plain water, but it is the water included in God’s command and combined with God’s Word.

Baptism is not a gift the believer offers God, or a work he does to show everyone he already believes, nor is baptism merely, as the saying goes, “an outward sign of an inward grace.” (more…)

The Resurrection of our Lord, 2018
Mark 16:1-8
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

It’s all a fairy tale, isn’t it?

Jesus walking on water. The miracles. The resurrection.

All a fairy tale.

Have you heard that before?

It probably won’t surprise you that people who find no value in the Church find no value—either—in what the Church teaches.

But do you remember when the good-ole Lutheran Church had its Battle for the Bible? (more…)