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November 12, 2018
Veterans Day, History, & Baptisms
Yesterday, November 11, was Veterans Day, which is also being observed today. (Those of you...
October 02, 2018
Born Again & Born from Above
In the course of our excellent Bible study of Job--I never realized how evangelical, how...
June 20, 2018
“Bearing” the Name of the God Who “Takes” Our Sin
“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain" (Exodus 20:7). I've heard...
June 14, 2018
The Christian’s Identity
In this era of "identity politics," we would do well to read what the Bible...
March 26, 2018
When Christ’s Work Comes Together “For Us”
Our new granddaughter, Hannah Grace Hensley, was baptized on Palm Sunday. Now comes Holy Week. ...
August 11, 2017
What Constitutes “Heresy” and “Orthodoxy”?
Does acceptance of same-sex marriage on the part of a Christian constitute "heresy"? It may...
February 17, 2017
The pastor who baptized a murderer
Dylann Roof, who was sentenced to death for murdering nine African-Americans at a Bible study,...
January 02, 2017
The Eighth Day
The Gospel reading for yesterday, commemorating the Circumcision and Name of Jesus, was Luke 2:21,...
November 30, 2016
Conversion as sacrament
BreakPoint editor G. Shane Morris, who now believes in infant baptism, explains why most of...
May 23, 2016
The Church of Scotland wants to increase membership by letting worshippers attend online. The...
March 26, 2016
United with him in a death and resurrection like his
The son of a dear couple in our church died suddenly. He was 34. His...
May 29, 2015
So should we baptize machines?
The hype about artificial intelligence has some speculating that at some point a computer might...
May 26, 2015
New baptisms for the transgendered?
At a baptism, the baptized person is given a name. That's not all that happens,...
May 08, 2015
Baptists who baptize infants
A Baptist minister has stirred controversy within his tradition by baptizing an infant. Yet it...
April 05, 2015
Christ’s resurrection and yours
Have a joyous Easter, everybody! Do you not know that all of us who have...
March 25, 2015
Drinking His cup, being baptized with His baptism
Our sermon for the beginning of Passiontide was Mark 10:32-45, the passage about James and...
February 26, 2015
The comfort of Baptism
Dr. Benjamin Mayes is working with Concordia Publishing House on the new translations of Luther's...
February 17, 2015
“Baptism is not supposed to be nice”
The Church of England has decided to take out the part in the Baptism liturgy...
December 09, 2014
John the Baptizer
The great figure of Advent is John the Baptist. We think of him as that...
December 08, 2014
“No Sacraments, No Protestantism”
Reformed pastor Peter Leithhart says that Protestantism requires a high view of the sacraments. He...
July 08, 2014
A liturgy for people offended to be called sinners
The Church of England is revising its baptism liturgy to accommodate contemporary people who are...
July 01, 2014
Churches that don’t baptize
Some churches that work hard to get people to "make a decision for Christ" never...
June 17, 2014
Baptists discovering toddler baptism
Southern Baptists are concerned that the number of baptisms is way down. (And yet many...
April 29, 2014
Sarah Palin’s blasphemy
Sarah Palin, in a speech to the NRA, said that "waterboarding is how we baptize...
April 20, 2014
You were there
You know that old spiritual that asks, "Were you there when they crucified my Lord?....
April 07, 2014
The movie vs. the flannelboard
We saw the movie Noah. It had some good cinematic touches (such as the imagery...
March 20, 2014
Creation and the new creation
In last Sunday's sermon on the dialog between Nicodemus and Jesus (John 3), our pastor...
November 04, 2013
A member has been added to your Body
On the Sunday of All Saints yesterday, a new saint was added to the number...
October 24, 2013
A great video on baptism, inspired by the Prince
Prince George, the future King of England, was baptized yesterday. For that occasion, the Archbishop...
September 27, 2013
Off for the baptism of Michael Gustavus
This weekend, I'm making a mad dash to Oklahoma to be there for the baptism...
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