A recent commenter critiques Lutheranism by saying there’s no need for a sermon to contain the preaching of Jesus and mercy. As for me, I always need Jesus, I always need mercy. That is the heart and center of the Christian Faith. I’m grateful when the liturgy rescues me and my congregation from a bad sermon. But a sermon that is without Jesus and His mercy is just that – a bad sermon. I always need Jesus. I always need His mercy.

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