I'm re-reading Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Life Together. Bonhoeffer paints such a rich portrait of Christian community in this short book. This quote from Martin Luther on the first page of the first chapter hit me right between the eyes. As a pastor, I spend most of my time with Christians. Luther's penetrating words remind me that Jesus was always on mission, among broken, ja...Keep Reading
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This Sunday we conclude our Malachi series with one of the great promises of the Old Testament. It is a promise of the great and awesome day of the Lord when he will come to judge the wicked and heal and save those who fear his name. Clearly, Malachi is pointing God’s people to the coming Messiah who will come first as a Lamb and again as a Lion. This text gives us the opportunity to think about judgment, salvation, and Christ’s return. These are essential truths, and I pray the Lord will use them to help make us all more ready for eternity. Also, on this first Sunday of October, we’ll receive the Lord’s Supper together as a church family. I hope that’s how you view CrossPointe...
Martin Luther, the Great Reformer, lived from 1483 to 1546. He grew up in the German city of Eisleben about 120 miles outside of Berlin. He studied law at an early age and achieved a bachelor's and master's degree by the age of thirteen. At the age of twenty-one, he was nearly struck by lightening while traveling through the countryside during a thunderstorm. Scared out...Keep Reading
A clip from the movie "Luther" staring Joseph Fiennes. Luther nailed his 95 theses to the chapel door at Wittenberg, Germany on All Saints Day, October 31, 1517. Four years later he defended his writings at a special meeting called the Diet of Worms. There he delivered his famous words, "Here I stand, I can do no other." ...Keep Reading
Message number two in our Grow series coming up this week. The theme is going to be repentance, and how necessary it is, not only in our salvation, but also our growth. Here's what Martin Luther had to say about repentance in his 95 theses that kicked off this little thing we like to call the Protestant Reformation (in fact, it was #1 on the list!): "When our Lord a...Keep Reading