Posts tagged “Life

Life Sunday Sermon 2018: The Glory of God Is a Living Man

Posted on January 26th, 2018

I was honored to preach for the LCMS Southern Illinois District’s service for Life Sunday, held on January 21 at Good Shepherd, Collinsville, IL. Thanks to Rev. Scott Adle and his charming family for hosting me, and Rev. Mark Surburg, District Life Coordinator, for inviting me. The audio of the sermon can be found here. Text: St. John 7:37-39 “God makes, man is made.” This statement seems so basic as to be absurd. “God makes, man is made.” Yet this statement overthrows all our pride, all our desires for authority and dominance.   Confess it: you want others to obey you. You want others to submit. You should be the star, you should be praised, you should control your own destiny.   But God…

Closing Prayer: 2018 Rose Dinner

Posted on January 20th, 2018

I was honored to give the closing prayer at the Rose Dinner, the banquet held in conjunction with the March for Life. It was a tremendous privilege to be among the nation’s pro-life leaders. In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe, Creator of all things seen and unseen. You created the world from nothing; You called Life into being by Your Word; and You made our first father Adam from the earth. You opened his side and fashioned a wife for him, bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh. You blessed their marriage and called them to be fruitful and multiply.…

LCMS 2017 Life Conference Sermon

Posted on January 27th, 2017

March for Life 2017 January 27, 2017 • Arlington, Virginia Matthew 5:13-19 The trash collectors rumbled away from the suburban neighborhood, and as sometimes happens, they’ve unknowingly dumped some of their garbage in the street. A man who lives there went out to look, and he’s confused. What is that on the pavement? At first he thinks it’s dead birds, then maybe dolls. Finally, he comprehends the horror. These are children: naked bodies scattered on the asphalt – tiny victims of abortion. How did they end up on a garbage truck? This man—Richard Selzer, a physician—goes to the hospital. He speaks with the director, who assures him this was an accident. The little babies were, he says, “mixed up with the other debris.” This…

Top 14 of 2014

Posted on December 31st, 2014

Here are the top posts on Esgetology published in 2014: Lutherans for Life Statement on Thrivent Sermon before the March for Life Roots and Orthodoxy Baccalaureate Vespers 2014 Holy Cross 2014 Adapting the Local Lifestyle Is There a Patristic Consensus? Denying the Real Presence Denies the Gospel Luther on Suicide Sermo Dei: Ordination of Eric Phillips Heaven is not for real It seems almost a miracle Vocation and Virtue Sermo Dei: Trinity 22, 2014 The news about Thrivent’s complete institutional capitulation to the culture’s obsession with erotic liberty mirrors the larger cultural issues of the erosion of marriage and the general decline of Christian influence in America. Along with sermons (4, 5, 10, 14)—hardly a surprise for a pastor’s blog—the things that drew the…

Sermo Dei: St. Bartholomew 2014

Posted on August 24th, 2014

What is a life worth? For weeks, the airwaves and internet have been saturated with killing. Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. The decapitation of journalist James Foley by the Islamic State. What should be done? What can be done? What is a life worth? The world ignores many other lives snuffed out. The Islamic State has been systematically slaughtering Christians in Iraq. These holy martyrs join St. Bartholomew, whose feast day is today, in counting their lives worth losing. What are their lives worth? What is your life worth? What is your life for? Because we are selfish, “What is my life for?” is not our usual question. We ask questions like, “Am I getting enough out of life? Am I paid what I…

Chilling Effect

Posted on February 7th, 2014

Well, now we know that Thrivent has taken the next big step away from the Christian Church. Their new “neutrality policy” makes permanent the decision to deny support to organizations that help moms in crisis and their vulnerable babies. While I hope everyone will now completely divest themselves from their insurance and investments, and also refuse all funding, I suspect that the lure of easy money will prove too strong for many. What effect will this have? Now that defending the most basic human right—the right to life—has been deemed “controversial” and not something Christians should be involved in, will pastors, churches, and schools be even more silent in the face of this great horror? If their funding is at stake, it will be…

What do you assume about the other side?

Posted on May 31st, 2013

Abby Johnson, the Planned Parenthood clinic director who “changed sides” and is now pro-life, has words of wisdom on the danger of hating those on the other side: Oh, how we love to vilify our opponents—from both sides. How easy to assume that those on “our” side are right and wise and good; how those on “their” side are treacherous and foolish and deceptive. I have found right and good and wisdom on both sides. I have found foolishness and treachery and deception on both sides as well. I have experienced how good intentions can be warped into poor choices no matter what the side. Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line 

Schizophrenic doctors

Posted on April 1st, 2013

You have to become a bit schizophrenic. In one room, you encourage the patient that the slight irregularity in the fetal heart is not important, that she is going to have a fine, healthy baby. Then, in the next room you assure another woman, on whom you just did a saline abortion, that it is a good thing that the heartbeat is already irregular … she has nothing to worry about, she will NOT have a live baby … All of a sudden one noticed that at the time of the saline infusion there was a lot of activity in the uterus. That’s not fluid currents. That’s obviously the fetus being distressed by swallowing the concentrated salt solution and kicking violently and that’s to…

Physicians destroying life

Posted on March 28th, 2013

Even now I feel a little peculiar about [abortion], because as a physician I was trained to conserve life, and here I am destroying it. -Dr. Benjamin Kalish, abortionist LifeDate, Spring 2013, p8 (reprinted from Live Action News, 1/5/13)

“My baby was clogging the drain of the shower”

Posted on February 22nd, 2013

The tragic, yet hopeful story of a woman who took the abortion pill RU486: It was the third day when I finally had enough energy to shower. I felt so dirty and shameful that I couldn’t wait to clean myself. It was the first time I had stood for more than a minute and I was starting to feel a little bit better by then. I got about halfway through my shower when I started to bleed again. I bled so much that it clogged the drain. It was in that moment, me trying to cleanse myself from my sin of the abortion that the truth was exposed. It was the “blood clot” or the “blob of tissue” that the clinic talked about. It…