Dear Disciples of Jesus throughout the North American Lutheran Church,
What is the nature of Christian community that nurtures people as faithful followers of Jesus, equips them to reach others with the Gospel of Jesus and provides for their growth and development as disciples of Jesus?Continue reading “Discipleship Can Only Exist And Flourish In A Community That Nurtures Disciples”
Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
As we continue our celebration of Easter, we are preparing for Pentecost. The same power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is manifest in both these central events in our life in the Body of Christ.Continue reading “Pentecost and Early Church Point To Life Of Discipleship”
Dear disciples of Christ Jesus,
In the midst of the growing controversy regarding late-term abortion — and what can only be termed infanticide — as a matter of self-serving convenience in a culture celebrating such decisions while refusing to consider the consequences that undermine the sanctity of life and assert our capacity and “right” to “play God,” I thought it might be helpful to share my sermon from this year’s NALC Life Conference. Continue reading “Bishop Addresses Sexual Immorality, Abortion at NALC Life Conference”
The third annual NALC Life Conference was held on Thursday, Jan. 17, at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Warrenton, Va.
The event began with a free fellowship lunch followed by a talk by the Rev. Dr. Dennis Di Mauro, pastor of Trinity and chair of NALC Life Ministries, entitled “A Love for Life,” which showed how Christianity has been, and is now, a pro-life faith. The talk included quotes from great Christian thinkers including Basil, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Bonhoeffer and many others who spoke out in defense of life in the womb. Continue reading “NALC Life Conference in Virginia Precedes March for Life”
Dear Disciples of Jesus,
We begin our Epiphany season with the journey of the Wise Men seeking Jesus, consulting the Scripture and thwarting Herod’s plan to destroy Jesus. Each year I read one of Martin Luther’s best sermons for Epiphany. Here is an excerpt from his sermon: Continue reading “Pondering Epiphany With Luther”
Dear Disciples of Christ Jesus,
Martin Luther had much more to say about Mary, the mother of our Lord, than Joseph. Yet Luther gives thanks for this guardian of our Lord. He commends Joseph as a saint who strengthens our faith by his faithful obedience, his sacrificial love for Mary and his protective care for Jesus. Continue reading “A Christmas Message – Quiet Joseph Is An Example Of Faithfulness And Discipleship”
Dear disciples of Jesus throughout the North American Lutheran Church:
The season of Advent is a wondrous time of preparation and anticipation. I encourage you to immerse yourself in this season, instead of enduring it as a necessary requirement in order to get to Christmas — the true focus of our energy and attention. One of the key figures in this season is John the Baptist and his message and ministry. Continue reading “Advent – A Time to Point to Jesus”
Dear Disciples of Jesus,
The recent lectionary Gospel text (Mark 10:35-45), in which James and John approach Jesus asking to sit at His right and left when He enters His glory and the resultant anger and division expressed by the other 10 disciples, reminded me of dynamics that are not uncommon — even in our congregations. Continue reading “A Message from Bishop Bradosky”