welcome. why "weak on sanctification"?

this accusation is often made about lutheran christians. because we focus so strongly on god's justifying grace in christ, and our continual need, as "sinner-saints," to receive god's gifts of grace through word and sacrament, people say we are "weak on sanctification." i prefer to say we are strong on jesus, whose sanctifying work in our lives is the fruit of the gospel all along our lifelong journey. i would much rather focus on what he has done than on anything i might do.

the weekly discussion

each week I set forth a topic to promote discourse about some aspect of Christianity, the church, or the spiritual life. i would love to hear your perspective and thoughts on each week's subject. these discussions are usually posted on mondays, so if you missed this week's post and would like to catch up on the conversation, just scroll down and join us.

September 20, 2009

a week away...

thanks to tom and joyce pickard, and their ministry of providing "christian pastor retreat" cabins, so that those in ministry can have some "sabbath" rest at a reasonable cost, gail and i traveled to northern tennessee last week to enjoy several days of relaxation and hiking. We had quite a bit of rain, which cut our activities down a little, but we were still able to enjoy many of the wonderful sights in the Tennessee and nearby Kentucky hills. the trip was extra special for gail and i, since it was our first "empty nest" trip together.

if you would like to see some of our pictures from the trip, you can see them at our tenn trip 2009 shutterfly share site. enjoy!

today's van gogh

at the foot of the mountains, 1889

view from sunset overlook
big south fork national river and rec area

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