Great Parenting Tips From Rev. Fisk

As a single pastor, when it comes to parenting advice, about the best I can do is speak what God's Word says (which is pretty darn good, if you think about it), but the parenting thing for me remains theoretical.  So I am thankful for other pastors who are able to offer parenting advice that comes from experience:

Accountability vs. “The Mutual Consolation of the Brethren”

Amongst Evangelicals, it is common to have an "accountability partner" or an "accountability group".  The well-meaning goal of this is in light of the fact that we are sinful, to find a person or group who can help us in the sins that we especially tend to commit.  There is a danger in this though.  Such "partners" and "groups" have at their goal a law oriented remedy.  While s...

Growth and Success in the Church

All too often, as a pastor of a small congregation, I hear the drumbeat:  "we gotta grow".  Tied to this is that if we are not at some arbitrary number we are not successful.  Of course we get this idea from big mega churches and televangelists, but if we look to Scripture we'd be hard pressed to come up with any kind of "theology of growth and success".  In fact if we look to ...

Closing thoughts on the Commemoration of Hermann Sasse

One of the most memorable times in my Seminary career was my Tuesday nights during my final year.  After Intramurals several students would gather at the house of Dr. Ronald Feuerhahn and discuss an essay or letter written by Hermann Sasse.  While he was very well spoken, Sasse had a certain earthiness to him that really spoke to the very ministry which we were preparing for.  ...

Sasse Quote – Baptism and the Resurrection

This will be the final quote of the day from the sainted Pastor Hermann Sasse.  I hope the quotes today I have provided have given insight, provoked some thought, and been beneficial. Your resurrection began when you were baptized.  "We were buried therefore with Him [Christ] by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the gloy of the Father, we too ...

Sasse Quote – Error in practice introduces error in doctrine

The rule lex orandi lex credendi [the rule of prayer is the rule of belief... in other words, what one practices shapes one's belief and vice versa] appears to be the way things go even more so with false doctrines.  It was along the path of liturgical development that the worst heresies made their way into the church.  Consider the doctrines which came in the with the cult [wo...

Sasse Quote – Apostolicity of doctrine

The doctrine of the Roman Church is no longer apostolic.  Even in 1854 and 1870 it was still possible to claim to be reaching back to relatively old traditions, or to what were regarded as such.  Passages of Scripture could be interpreted so as to be persuasive for faithful Catholics.  With the dogma of 1950 [on the Assumption of Mary] this is at an end.  The Assumption of Mary...

Sasse Quote – On Alleged Marian Revelations

I am not a Catholic, but a simple Lutheran who reads and meditates daily on the Bible and Luther's Catechism. As such I have so much love and respect for the mother of my Lord that I cannot believe that she, the humble handmaiden of the Lord who became the 'Theotokos', the Mother of God, could ever give such messages. The mouth who spoke the Magnificat could not say, 'I am the ...