Spring 2015

This issue is an awesome topical issue of Higher Things Magazine on The Proper Distinction Between the Law and the Gospel! The distinction between the Law and the Gospel is how we Dare to Be Lutheran when preaching, teaching, reading, and hearing God's Word. Properly distinguishing between these two parts of doctrine helps us to understand the Bible in such a way that we are made aware of our sinfulness (via the Law) and given the Good News that we have a Savior in Jesus Christ (the Gospel). The articles in this issue begin with defining what we mean by "the Law" and "the Gospel" and then move toward seeing how the Law and the Gospel work in our lives as Christians, in church and in the home. We'll also look at some of the mistakes and errors that arise when the Law and the Gospel are not properly distinguished. It's another great Christcentered issue of Higher Things Magazine and we hope it will be a blessing to you as you Dare to Be Lutheran in your life as a child of God!

This Life Is Edited For Content

Rev. Riley convincingly lays out how the Holy Spirit is the life editor we sinners desperately need.

The Lord's Supper IS the Gospel

Our gracious God brings us the Gospel in a tangible way: the Lord's Supper. Rev. Kuhlman reminds us of the delight in knowing God gives us something outside of us - something we can see, touch and taste - to deliver His promise of salvation.

The Hyperbolic Goodness of the Gospel

See the Gospel in all of its sweetness! Just when you think you know how good the Gospel really is, Rev. Borghardt reminds us of how truly outrageous the promises of God are!

The Devil Loves Your Good Works

As we wrestle with Law in our lives, the pendulum can swing either toward antinomianism or legalism - both of which, warns Rev. Donofrio, the devil delights in capitalizing upon.

Looking for Assurance in All the Wrong Places: Even Christians Need the Gospel

There isn't a sinner alive, Christian or not, who doesn't need to regularly hear and embrace the Gospel. And, just as Rev. Fisk explains, Jesus' righteousness is enough.

Law and Gospel in the Home

Law and Gospel apply to all parts of life, especially within the family! Rev. Drosendahl brings his own sometimes amusing childhood experiences to bear on the subject.

Law & Gospel. The Deadly Mix

You may not think very often about your last moments on this earth, but Rev. Pauls effectively uses that very scenario to illustrate what happens when we don't properly distinguish between Law and Gospel.

Hung Up on the Law

Hear the Law in all of its ferocity! You have nothing to fear, though, for Christ has borne its requirements and punishment on your behalf, just as Rev. Buetow shows us.

Catechism: The First Commandment

When it comes down to it, the root of our sin is connected in some way to our disobedience of the First Commandment. Yet this God whom we are to fear, love and trust above all things, says Rev. Cwirla, works in our hearts and makes things right through His Son.

3D Law

Let Rev. Cwirlas special 3D presentation clarify your perspective on the three uses of the Law...no special glasses required.