Question:Are Christians who advocate for faithful church attendance and advocate to receive the Sacrament of the Altar more frequently, ‘better’ Christians than those who attend and receive less frequently? Answer: It is important to note that a greater frequency in church attendance and greater frequency of partaking of the Sacrament of the Altar does not […]

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By: Pr. Matt Richard There is no doubt about it that most American churches have felt the effects of the church growth movement, the pressure to expand the kingdom by filling the pews with more people through sociological and quantitative methods. While I can commend the Great Commission fervor of the church growth movement, I do […]

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Martin Luther to Friar George Excerpt of April 8, 1516 Letter …Now I should like to know whether your soul, tired of its own righteousness, is learning to be revived by and to trust in the righteousness of Christ. For in our age the temptation to presumption besets many, especially those who try with all […]

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By: Pr. Matt Richard During the 16th Century a debate arose on the doctrine of justification. Andreas Osiander taught “…that a person is declared righteous by God because the divine nature of Christ takes up residence within his or her heart, and for that reason, God declares that person righteous.”[1] There are some serious doctrinal […]

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By: Pr. Matt Richard Many Christians regard Lutherans as being very one-sided or narrow in their theology. The accusation is that we Lutherans shrink the church year together into Good Friday. In other words, Lutherans are often blamed for making every day Good Friday, while ignoring the other major themes of the church year. We […]

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