If we could ever be sorry enough to be forgiven, then we wouldn’t need Jesus. If we could repent in our own strength, and thus be forgiven… then the cross was useless. If our confession was all that was required, there would be no need for the Gospel. Therefore, repentance isn’t something we can do on our own. It is something that God works in us.
Many non-Lutherans wonder why their Lutheran friends and family members wear ashes on their forehead at the beginning of Lent. There are three reasons why: to remind them of their sinfulness, to remind them of their mortality, and to remind them of their redemption.
Lutherans have a wonderful musical heritage! Even today’s Christian praise and worship music owes its development to Martin Luther and his compositions. What follows includes a list of Luther’s original hymns, their main teaching points, and links for listening to these beautiful treasures, many of which are no longer found in any modern Lutheran hymnal.
Welcome to Lutheran Lenses! What events, trends, or cultural topics would you like to see addressed from a Lutheran Perspective? What do Lutherans do that you’ve always wondered about? We want to hear from you!
In a nutshell, Andy Stanley’s new book, Irresistible: Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleashed for the World (Zondervan: 2018), is exegetically weak, promotes multiple heretical notions, denies the proper distinction between Law and Gospel and is a blatant attack on God’s divinity and the authority of the Christian Scriptures.