Wade Johnston - 1517 The Legacy Project

1517. The Legacy Project

1517 The Legacy Project serves churches and the world by providing a message of hope for those broken by the church, supplying theological resources that strengthen congregations, and modeling ways of engaging the culture in a manner that is thoughtful, courageous, and Christ-centered.

When the Last Becomes First, and First Becomes Last

The Book of Esther was written while the Jews were in captivity in Persia. Why were they there? They had no one to blame but themselves. God had warned them. He’d warned them repeatedly, in manifold ways, through various prophets. But they’d shut their ears to God’s admonishment. They’d persisted in their sins. Thank God […]

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The Lord’s Dogs Aren’t Too Proud to Beg

Whew! Jesus had nerve. Ask ten pastors and you’ll get ten pastors who’ll tell you they’d never speak to dear old Millie that way in the parish. You won’t live it down. But, apparently, Jesus didn’t care. “It isn’t right to throw the children’s bread to the dogs.” Who of us would have kept pursuing […]

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Jesus, Be Jesus for Me

“O good Jesus, may you also be Jesus for me.” This is how Johann Gerhard begins his meditation on the name of Jesus in his Sacred Meditations [p. 31]. Gerhard was an extremely gifted and productive theologian. That being said, I’ll admit I enjoy his devotional and pastoral works much more than his doctrinal volumes. […]

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I do believe; help my unbelief!

Mark 9:14-29I do believe; help my unbelief! Mark’s Gospel is fun—lots of fun. In Mark’s Gospel, do you know what we encounter right after Jesus’ Transfiguration? We encounter a demon-possessed son, a desperate father, and arguing disciples. Right down from glory into the mire Jesus went. The poor young man’s condition was terrifying. His father, […]

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Slaves of Sin Are Always ‘Free’ to Choose Deathly Things

Genesis 22:1-14 Father in Heaven! Hold not our sins up against us but hold us up against our sins so that the thought of You when it wakens in our soul, and each time it wakens, should not remind us of what we have committed but of what You did forgive, not of how we […]

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He Who is Risen Raises You

I am privileged to be a member of Nain Lutheran in West Allis, WI. There aren’t a lot of churches that share our name, but it’s a special one. Do you remember what happened at Nain? It is one of my favorite scenes in the New Testament. Jesus couldn’t be more Jesus. So, for my […]

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