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Recovering our Fear

The following quote comes from Bonhoeffer’s sermon on the first Sunday of Advent in 1935 as Hitler’s power in Germany was increasing. Keep Bonhoeffer’s context in mind as you read this excerpt from this Advent sermon based out of Revelation 14:6-13.

What Makes a Good Sermon?

What are the marks of a good Christian sermon? Here are four marks that I have found useful as I’ve grown in preaching over the last twelve years of ministry.

Why Did God Need to Become Human? (aka: Why Christmas?)

The gospel is at the heart of Christmas: the gift of salvation through the life and work of Jesus Christ. But why did Jesus need to be fully man and fully God?

What is Advent? (not only for Catholics)

What is Advent and is it only for Catholics? Protestants celebrate advent too, because it’s centered on the gospel of grace.

Daily Living in Light of Eternity: The New Heavens and New Earth

Have you ever wondered if we will we have bodies in heaven? What does the Bible teach about the New Heavens & New Earth, and does it matter for our daily life?

Is the Christian a Saint or Sinner?

Every Christian continues to endure temptation and sinful desires. Luther’s Simul Justus et Peccator helps understand Christian identity in the gospel’s light.

Christian Hope is Not a Wish

What is the foundation of Christian hope? The resurrection of Jesus Christ delivers hope to the hopeless.

Every Christian is a Minister: The Priesthood of All Believers

One of the hallmarks of the Protestant Reformation is the Priesthood of All Believers. Is it biblical, and what does it mean for the Christian in real life?

What Jesus Meant by Entering the Kingdom as Children

We don’t enter the kingdom of heaven as children because we have become so gentle and obedient. We enter as children because of our Heavenly Father. 

Why Can’t God Overlook Sin?

Sin is rejection and rebellion against the Holy God. It wouldn’t be right for him to simply overlook it. But he did pay for it through Jesus Christ.

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