Pastor Stew Carlson, Sychar Lutheran Church
Dolley Madison is one of the most remarkable women in U.S. history.
I want to tell you the story of perhaps the most devout Christian ruler this country has ever known.
Last week, Christians around the world celebrated Holy Week with the most well-known days being Good Friday, the day of Jesus Christ's death, and Easter Sunday, the day of Christ's Resurrection. I
I was a second-year student at the seminary. I was taking a class about understanding the life of Jesus. Robert was the most impressive student in the class.
Next month, Lutherans will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the event that is commonly attributed as the birth of their faith in Martin Luther's posting of the 95 Theses. Such a faith event provides an opportunity for reflection on the beliefs that guide it. To understand, Lutheranism you need to understand our beliefs about Baptism.
The year 2017 constitutes an important anniversary in the history of western civilization. Five-hundred years ago, Martin Luther submitted the 95 Theses to the Wittenberg University faculty beginning the Protestant Reformation. While interpreting these events can make for an interesting discussion depending on one's faith tradition, the question that I wish to explore is "What motivated Martin Luther?"
As someone who has tried to stay culturally relevant by watching every episode of The Simpsons for the last 28 years, I tend to take notice when the wider culture attempts to explain religion. Two terms that people use that draw my ire most frequently are "Fundamentalists" and "Evangelicals." These religious movements are dismissed by some as merely being right-wing reactionaries who are nothing more than intolerant flat-earthers. Regardless of your personal belief system, I believe such oversimplification is not helpful for dialogue among neighbors.
What happens when we die? The common assumption among many believers is that the soul journeys to either heaven or hell for all eternity. I hope to shed a bit more insight into some of these issues as Christians consider our understanding of the afterlife. When we think of heaven, the images are clear: streets paved with gold and pearly gates. Hell has additional clear images such as a lake of fire and eternal torment.