Right with God

Michael Andres

Read: Romans 1:16-17 For in [the gospel] the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith. (v. 17) A culture of shame and guilt hangs like a fog all around us: social media comparisons, body-shaming, teen suicides. Many are collapsing under the pressure of social performance. We all yearn to know how we can be accepted. Martin Luther tried …

Dead Inside

Michael Andres

Read: Ephesians 2:1-3 You were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked. (v. 1) Late autumn is a season for celebrating the dead: Halloween (All Hallow’s Eve), All Saint’s Day, and All Soul’s Day (Day of the Dead) come October 31–November 2. Strangely, Reformation Day is also observed on the same deathly days. What does reformation …

Preach for Change

Michael Andres

Read: 2 Timothy 4:1-5 Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season. (v. 2) Comparing Catholic and Protestant church interiors is illuminating. The altar in the center of a Catholic church speaks to the primacy of the Eucharist (also called Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper). The pulpit in the center of a Reformed church, with Communion …

The Final Authority

Michael Andres

Read: 1 Corinthians 4:6-7 Do not go beyond what is written. (v. 6 NIV) When buying a car, you may look to CARFAX, Consumer Reports, or your mechanic to make a good decision. But when forming our deepest and most significant beliefs about God and life, what sources are most reliable? Jesus founded his ministry on Scripture. He was its …

God the Good Communicator

Michael Andres

Read: Psalm 119:129-136 The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. (v. 130) Children are skilled at selective listening, pretending not to hear their parents’ instruction. Yet so are we. Despite some of our claims not to understand, the Bible’s central story is clear. However, in the Middle Ages the Bible was not yet translated …