A Jagged Contention: The Pastor as Law/Gospel Artist

"Pastors are at the forefront of discerning the word that frees from the word that binds (Matthew 16:19; 18:18); this is their great charge and privilege. No other vocation is specifically set aside to exercise this power. It is not that others cannot make this distinction. Indeed, some laypeople make this distinction better than many … Continue reading A Jagged Contention: The Pastor as Law/Gospel Artist

A Jagged Contention: The Church’s Cross

Seventh, the holy Christian people are externally recognized by the holy possession of the sacred cross. They must endure every misfortune and persecution, all kinds of trials and evil from the devil, the world, and the flesh (as the Lord’s Prayer indicates) by inward sadness, timidity, fear, outward poverty, contempt, illness, and weakness, in order … Continue reading A Jagged Contention: The Church’s Cross