Pick any religion and one will discover straight away a devout person pursuing blessedness. It is common to all religions that men desire a sign, a token, the thing that illustrates that their god is favorable toward them.
Why do I exist and to what end is my existence? I can trace many of my greatest concerns in life back to this question. Normally, my anxieties and worries are far more shallow and insubstantial and include things like, how skilled of a writer am I?
As with the world, so too do Christians obsess about the question of freedom and free will. In the church historical way of discussing free will Christians have gone on for millenia picking over the subject of God's will.
For reasons known and unknown to me I am haunted by the desert southwest. I love this high desert of rock and sand and sky and animals well suited to scarce water and both the extreme heat of day and the shocking cold of night.
Businesses and institutions, if they are to survive and flourish, need to have some clear purpose and reason to exist. They need to have something to offer. They need to meet a need not currently met, or to meet it better than others are.
Martin Luther was a man of many titles: pastor, professor, hymn-writer, theologian, and reformer, just to name a few. There is, however, another title that often goes unnoticed: Martin Luther was a storyteller.
Perhaps few words pack more punch than “freedom.” Depending on one’s situation, freedom can mean a lot of things. To be honest, in a country that talks about freedom more than maybe any other, freedom can be harder to define in the United States of American than anywhere else. And so Christian freedom can be a dangerous topic.
From 1938 to 1949, dad was pastor of the Torpa congregation in Östergötland. The pastor’s office was housed in the parsonage, which meant that Papa, when he wasn’t out on visits somewhere in the parish
Adam and Eve wanted to stay put and make a city of the garden, but God wouldn't have it that way. For Abraham, God's refrain: "Go out from your country, and from your family, and from your father's house to a land that I will show you."