Posts tagged “Confession

Presentation of the Augsburg Confession

Posted on June 25th, 2017

Sermon for the Commemoration of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession June 25, 2017 Immanuel Evangelical-Lutheran Church, Alexandria, Virginia “Jesus Christ is Lord.” Before there was an Apostles’ Creed, or Nicene, or Athanasian – before any of the great councils, before any catechism – before the New Testament itself was gathered together from the writings of the earliest disciples of Jesus – before all of this was the most important confession upon which all other confessions are built: “Jesus Christ is Lord.” “Jesus Christ is Lord” is the original confession of the Church. To understand what this means is the subject of all true Christian study; to confess with all your heart, soul, strength and mind Jesus Christ is Lord is the source of…

Sermo Dei: Rorate Coeli (Advent IV) 2016

Posted on December 18th, 2016

Rorate Coeli – Fourth Sunday of Advent December 18, 2016 John 1:19-28 What is destroying your soul? As surely as rust causes metal to crumble, as surely as the acid burns holes in your esophagus, so do the vices lay waste to your soul. Vices are not simply bad actions, or habits; they are a state of mind, a world-outlook by which we see others as obstacles to walk over, objects to be possessed, or enemies to be defeated. The first vice we encounter in today’s Gospel is envy, the envy the leaders in Jerusalem have for John the Baptist and his success. This envy, St. John Chrysostom said, “Harms and wastes them … like some mortal venom deeply seated in their souls” (NPNF1,…

Get Clean

Posted on April 13th, 2013

I published this a few years ago, but the video is broken. Here’s a working one. If you haven’t been to confession lately, go. It’s a great blessing, all for the joy of forgiveness.


Is it okay to take anti-depressants?

Posted on March 2nd, 2012

Russell Moore tackles this question from a reader: Dear Dr. Moore, Not long ago, my doctor prescribed me as having a (relatively) mild form of depression. He put me on an anti-depressant. I hate the side effects, and I don’t like the way it makes me feel, but maybe I’ll get used to it. My biggest struggle is whether it is right to be on these at all. If I have the Holy Spirit, why do I need this drug? Is it ethical for a Christian to take drugs like this? Dazed and Confused Click here to read his very sensible answer. Here are some of my own thoughts on the topic: If you struggle with depression, it’s okay. You’re not alone. Here’s what…

Epiphany 2 (3-Year, B): Baptism of David McMahan Umayam

Posted on January 17th, 2012

January 15, 2012 Messiah Lutheran Church, Keller, Texas John 1:43-51 For audio of the early service sermon (slightly different version of the sermon below), click here Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. “Follow Me.” What Jesus says to Phillip, He says also to you: When you were baptized, “Follow Me”; whenever you hear God’s Word, “Follow Me”; when you rise up each morning, “Follow Me.” That sounds like Law – and the Law always condemns. Yet these words carry no condemnation. For there is no greater gift than to be brought by baptism into the company of the disciples of Jesus. Following Him is to follow in the way that leads to life, to be promised…

Get Clean

Posted on April 13th, 2011

Parishioner Mollie sent me this video – I guess it’s a part of a competition for videos on confession. I really like it.

Helping people heal from pornography addiction – insights from Kleinig

Posted on October 4th, 2010

How do you begin the process of helping a person heal from pornography addiction? Rom. 12 – discerning what is good, what is the will of God. There is no one program or procedure that fits all cases. We have given resources, and a given problem, but each individual case needs discernment. Pastoral rule of thumb: don’t go digging for dirt. Deal with issues as they present themselves. Ask the addicted person: What do you think would be best, what would help you most? Don’t just give an absolution, but also pray for them, pray for God’s help for them. Not just with them, but for them, regularly, intercessory prayer. Give them a blessing, tailored for them, that empowers them for their battle. When…

Luther on the spiritual bond of the tongue

Posted on August 19th, 2010

Christ heals the deaf mute (Mk. 7.31-37, Gospel for Trinity XII), loosing the bond of his tongue. Luther in his lectures on Genesis explains the spiritual bond on our tongues which keeps us from confessing sin: Thus these brothers of Joseph are not only troubled about the sin of which they were conscious—although they took pains to cover and conceal it—but they were also afraid of all their words and deeds, and they imagined that there was new guilt in every action or thought. Yet in such great disquiet and confusion they are dumb and do not confess their sin. This was true of Adam in Paradise, when he was almost dead from fear of the voice and wrath of God. Nevertheless, he does…