By Jim Vitale Who can stand? That is the question John ponders in this reading from Revelation. In the face of God’s perfect justice, who can stand? The Revelation of John is a very strange book full of strange images. And because of this, it is often misunderstood. Many have considered Revelation to be all […]

All Ministry is God’s Ministry

By Jim Vitale “The church is in decline.” That’s what we keep hearing. The truth, however, is much more complicated. It is true that the overall percentage of Christians in America is decreasing. A recent Gallup study indicates that roughly 73% of Christians were members of a church in 1937; that percentage dropped below 50% […]

Free to Serve

By Jim Vitale The year is 1517 and you are a hardworking blacksmith in a small village in the German countryside. You have devoted your life to the church, attending mass every Sunday and donating much of your hard-earned money. You pray for your dead relatives to go to heaven and you do as many […]

Why the Reformation Still Matters

By Jim Vitale   Next Tuesday is Reformation Day. And here in the Lutheran Church we talk a lot about Martin Luther. We mention him in sermons; we study his writings; we talk about his history; we have even named our denomination after him (which, incidentally, he would be mortified to learn). But why? 506 […]