Preaching to the saints of the Lutheran Church at Christ-Elkhart and Faith-Hugoton in Kansas since February 8, 2015. All sermons prior to that date were preached either at Trinity Lutheran Church-Layton or First Lutheran Church-Tooele, Utah.
Having recently participated in a discussion about how and what to tell the community about your Lutheran congregation to "get the word out," I have to ask the following:
How do such things as "puppet ministry" and other entertainment oriented engagements of our culture convey the gravity and comfort of the presence of the Incarnate Christ in, with, and for the people of His Church?
If we are fighting a very real spiritual battle with the unholy trinity of the devil, the world, and our sinful flesh should we--do we really want to--trivialize the one Hope, the one Faith, the one Baptism, the one Lord, the one God and Father of us all in such a manner?
Such things simply do not seem to comport with a God in the flesh who is here to do such things as forgive us our sins and give us His very body and blood--to join us to Himself in His death and raise us in His resurrection to new life.
It seems to me it boils down to this, are we Lutherans serious about believing Jesus is here with and for us?
If so, maybe we ought to start acting like it.
A servant of the Word and His people,
Rev. Kurt Hering, Pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church
P.S. Stay tuned for, "BEING LUTHERAN: What does this mean?"
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