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St. James of Jerusalem, Brother of Jesus and Martyr

James answered, "Men, brothers, listen to me. Simon explained how God from the beginning visited in order to take from the Gentiles a people to be called by His own name. And the words of the prophets are in harmony with this very thing...Therefore, I decree not to harass those turning to God from the Gentiles." (Acts 15:13-15, 19)  [ read more ]

In Reflections // October 15, 2016

What's The Reformation All About Anyway?

So, when you hear the Gospel reading from John 8 appointed for Reformation Sunday telling you that you are free in Jesus don't be filled with pride and arrogance and look down on others who are not Lutherans. Instead, give thanks for those who have gone before you and who have delivered to you the Good News that you are saved by grace through faith in Christ alone.  [ read more ]

In Articles // October 19, 2016

The Largely Catechized Life: A God Who Wants to Take Care of You

In this episode of The Largely Catechized Life, Pr. Goodman teaches us that in the First Commandment, you have a God who wants to take care of you so that you don't have to take care of yourself.  [ read more ]

In The Largely Catechized Life // October 19, 2016

Higher Things Magazine - Fall 2016

The leaves are changing and the mornings have become crisp and cool, which means it's time to launch Higher Things Magazine's Bread of Life Retrospective fall issue, featuring several HT conference plenary speakers, catechists and attendees.  [ read more ]

In News // October 17, 2016

Episode 49: F is for Fellowship

Pastor Riley, Sandra, and Kate discuss the purpose and challenges of fellowship in the church versus the community we find in other groups outside the church.
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In Simulcast // October 17, 2016

The Crucifixion and Crucifixes

The strange feeling of being excited about the Crucifixion afflicts Pastor Eric Brown and Thomas in this episode. In it, they deal with passages in which Jesus is condemned and killed, and discuss whether it's proper (and why) for us Christians to adorn our spaces with the symbol of the crucifix. Also, they host the first ever Gospeled Boldly Fashion show!
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In Gospeled Boldly // October 17, 2016

Reflections for End of the Church Year Now Available

Higher Things presents the next set of Daily Reflections for the weeks of Trinity 22 through the End of the Church Year, October 23 through November 26, 2016. Reflections are available as a printable booklet and in a variety of other formats below.  [ read more ]

In News // October 15, 2016

Illuminating the Paschal Candle

So, you know that candle that is in the church that is on a stand? It is often found near the baptismal font or the altar—but not always. It's called the Paschal candle. Have you ever wondered why the Paschal candle is lit on some Sundays and on some occasions, but not on others? C'mon...you know you have!  [ read more ]

In Articles // October 13, 2016

Who Was Martin Luther? Part 8

When the young monk got back to Erfurt, and it was determined that what Rome had decided about their infighting was unacceptable, monks took sides. That is why, in the end, Luther and his friend Johannes Lang, were more or less pushed out of the monastery and sent into exile, to live at the monastery in Wittenberg, the "Black Cloister," with their superior and friend in the Augustinian order, Johann von Staupitz.  [ read more ]

In Articles // October 12, 2016

Episode 48: E is for Effort

Pastor Riley and Kate discuss the purpose of the law and why Christians try to do good. How are our good works different from the unbeliever's? Pastor Riley points us back to Christ and His saving miracles in the Gospel. Are we out to save the world on our own because we're "Christian superheroes" or do we love our neighbor because Christ first loved and saved us?
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In Simulcast // October 02, 2016

Jesus and Pilate Square Off

Jesus and Pilate square off and the banter is worthy of Hollywood writing. In this episode, Pastor Eric Brown and Thomas Lemke marvel at the back-and-forth between these two, and the level of respect (and even courtesy) they show - starkly contrasted with the cries of "crucify him" coming from the Jews.
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In Gospeled Boldly // October 09, 2016

Who Was Martin Luther? Part 7

At Wittenberg, Staupitz set Luther to lecturing on Aristotle's "Ethics" for the winter semester. Luther also prepared to receive his doctorate in theology at that time. In the autumn of 1509, he was called back to Erfurt to lecture, too. But that lasted only three-quarters of a year. Soon enough, Luther was called back to Wittenberg as a member of the theological faculty.  [ read more ]

In Articles // October 02, 2016