At Zion Lutheran Church’s High School and Adult Sunday School Class, Pastor Matt Richard spent 45 minutes covering the philosophical underpinnings at work in our culture and within the mindsets of same-sex marriage advocates. This is part two of Zion’s Sunday School Series, a series that is meant to survey the philosophy, theology, and impact […]

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At Zion Lutheran Church’s High School and Adult Sunday School Class, Pastor Matt Richard spent 45 minutes covering the philosophical underpinnings at work in our culture and within the mindsets of same-sex marriage advocates. This is part one of Zion Lutheran’s Sunday School Series, a series that is meant to survey the philosophy, theology, and […]

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By: Rev. Dr. Matthew Richard It has been said that the greatest needs of mankind are money, sex, and power. People will lie, cheat, and steal to acquire money. Marriages are destroyed, families are ruined, and jobs are lost as a result of sexual affairs or pornography consumption. Physical fights, threatening letters, and intimidation tactics are […]

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By: Rev. Jeffrey E. Ries This piece was inspired by something I read several years ago but I confess that I cannot recall what (a sermon I think, or maybe a song) or by whom.  So while the words (and the use of musical dynamic terms) may be mine, the idea and inspiration belong to […]

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By: Pr. Matthew Richard There is a fairly new study that reveals some profound insights on what it takes to keep today’s youth in church after they leave home and become adults. What did the study find? Did the study find that hip and cool music in the church were the reason for keeping youth in […]

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  By: Rev. Jeffrey E. Ries This past Sunday, January 11th, was the 1st Sunday after the Epiphany. While some will have heard the story of the boy Jesus in the temple from Luke Chapter 2. Many will have heard the account of The Baptism of Our Lord in the Jordan River by John the […]

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By: Pr. Matt Richard In a previous article about infant baptism, I covered one of the main reasons why Evangelicals struggle with infant baptism. In my previous article I assert that the reason for the struggle over infant baptism is due to it being the quintessential picture of divine monergism. Monergism, as you may know, […]

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By: Pr. Matt Richard During my past 11 years of pastoral ministry, the discussion with Evangelicals that has resulted in the most confusion, tension, and conflict is most definitely the dialog over infant baptism. Otherwise stated, in my humble opinion there is nothing more offensive to our Evangelical brothers and sisters (those who believe that […]

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By: Pr. Matt Richard The sacraments of baptism and communion were instituted by Jesus. He calls the church to baptize in the great commission of Matthew 28:16-20 and He also calls the church to the Lord’s Table (i.e. communion) in Matthew 26:26-29 and Luke 22:14-20. We practice baptism and communion because Jesus said to. Simple […]

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By: Pr. Matt Richard The following material is a compilation of pithy theological quotes that have been gathered over the past several years from conversations, various books, and pastoral encounters. These pithy quotes have been adapted and organized into approximately 36 different doctrinal subjects. Each doctrinal subject though, presents two opposing theological views laid forth […]

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