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Christian Science

Written by James Albrecht | February, 2019
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Some lies are so obvious they can’t be disguised. So, cults rely on a trick the Navy once used when trying to hide ships on the open seas. Vessels were painted in bright, bold colors, and covered with complex geometric patterns. The idea was not concealment but confusion. Confusion is a key factor in Christian […] Read More

What Will Happen to Me If I Don’t Attend Church?

Written by James Albrecht | July, 2015
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Short answer: nothing.   Where nothing happens, there is no spiritual growth. No lightning bolt will fall from the sky warning you about spiritual danger. No one will return from the dead to plead with you about using your time of grace wisely. Nothing visibly upsetting may happen at all. In time, your conscience problems […] Read More

Monothelitism

Written by James Albrecht | July, 2021
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ERROR’S ECHO In this series we take a look back at some of the most notorious errors and heresies that have threatened the church over the centuries, as well as the subtle (and not so subtle) ways in which those false teachings continue to haunt 21st century thought and theology. There is a reason why […] Read More

Why Can’t Our Sons Belong to the Boy Scouts?

Written by James Albrecht | May, 2016
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“I’M GLAD YOU ASKED!” (FOURTEENTH IN A SERIES) Pastors Answer Frequently-Asked Questions It’s a legitimate question, and one that should be reviewed on a regular basis. Organizations change over time. Using outdated materials to evaluate them is both unwise and unfair. At the moment, there are polarizing differences between us and the Boy Scouts of […] Read More

“Many churches just ‘hire’ a new pastor, but CLC churches ‘call’ a pastor. What is the difference?”

Written by James Albrecht | November, 2017
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“I’M GLAD YOU ASKED!” (THIRTY-SECOND IN A SERIES) Pastors Answer Frequently-Asked Questions I’m not sure why some churches hire their pastors, but I can show why we call ours. Our forefathers used the phrase von Gemeinschafts wegen to describe what a call is and does. It means “in behalf of the community or group.” Every […] Read More

“What is the ‘Headship Principle’?”

Written by James Albrecht | February, 2017
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“I’M GLAD YOU ASKED!” (TWENTY-FOURTH IN A SERIES) Pastors Answer Frequently-Asked Questions If I started by telling you what it is, you might not read anything that follows. So let’s start by explaining its purpose and place in God’s plan. Near the end of Genesis 1, Moses writes, “So God created man in His own image; […] Read More

Gnosticism

Written by James Albrecht | July, 2020
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“If your only tool is a hammer, every problem will look like a nail.” A similar thing could be said of Gnosticism. If you understand what Gnosticism is and how it works, you will see Gnosticism wherever you look. “Gnostic,” comes from the Greek word gnosis, which means knowledge. More specifically, it refers to experiential […] Read More

Church of Scientology

Written by James Albrecht | August, 2019
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UNDERSTANDING THE CULTS In this twelve-part series we are taking a brief look at some of the major cults, past and present, that have found adherents in the United States. Your pastor can help you if you’d like a more in-depth study of a particular group. Imagine a world so ancient that even an evolutionist […] Read More

Arianism

Written by James Albrecht | January, 2021
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ERROR’S ECHO In this series we take a look back at some of the most notorious errors and heresies that have threatened the church over the centuries, as well as the subtle (and not so subtle) ways in which those false teachings continue to haunt 21st century thought and theology. You probably know more about […] Read More

“Don’t Judge Me”

Written by James Albrecht | May, 2018
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READY TO GIVE AN ANSWER (AUTHORITY OF THE WORD) Passages that will help you respond when people say… It used to be that the most frequently-cited passage in America was John 3:16. The reference was visible at practically every NFL game you watched. As the football sailed toward the uprights, someone beyond the end-zone would […] Read More

Why Can’t Non-members Serve as Sponsors at our Baby’s Baptism?

Written by James Albrecht | April, 2015
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Before you ask who can serve as a sponsor for your child’s Baptism, there is another, more important question to consider: Should you have sponsors at all? The use of sponsors, or “Godparents,” is a church custom that is neither commanded nor forbidden by Scripture. It will not impact the effectiveness of the Baptism either way. To […] Read More

“Religion makes no sense”

Written by James Albrecht | November, 2018
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READY TO GIVE AN ANSWER (RATIONALISM) Passages that will help you respond when people say… No offense, but the fact that you are reading this article means that you are probably an “irrationalist.” That doesn’t mean that you’ve lost touch with reality or believe the earth is flat. Nor does it mean that you are […] Read More

“Are We So Different from Other ‘Conservative’ Lutheran Churches?”

Written by James Albrecht | November, 2016
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Pastors Answer Frequently-Asked Questions No. Yes. “Conservative” means different things to different people. For some, a conservative church is one that uses a traditional liturgy or sings from the old hymnal. For others, conservative equals “strict,” as in, “You mean that your church is more conservative (strict) than the Missouri Synod?” A better word is […] Read More

“Is it okay to use music by groups such as Casting Crowns or Mercy Me in our worship services?”

Written by James Albrecht | August, 2017
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There is incredible freedom in the New Testament Church. We are not bound to a certain style of music nor a particular type of worship service. Our brothers and sisters overseas are not required to use page five in The Lutheran Hymnal or page twelve in the Worship Supplement. Nor are we. But what is […] Read More

The Way International

Written by James Albrecht | May, 2019
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“My name is Todd Davis. This is my Social Security number: . . . ” Remember that? Davis is the founder of LifeLock, a company that protects against identity theft. He was so confident of his ability to protect sensitive information that he published his actual Social Security number on television, billboards, and the company […] Read More

Close Communion

Written by James Albrecht | January, 2015
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“I’M GLAD YOU ASKED!” (First in a Series) Pastors Answer Frequently-Asked Questions Few Lutheran practices seem as controversial as the practice of close communion. In today’s inclusive culture, visitors find it surprising that we limit access to the communion table. Our practice may seem cold, judgmental, even unkind. If this is how it is viewed […] Read More

Paulicianism

Written by James Albrecht | October, 2021
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ERROR’S ECHO In this series we take a look back at some of the most notorious errors and heresies that have threatened the church over the centuries, as well as the subtle (and not so subtle) ways in which those false teachings continue to haunt 21st century thought and theology. Did you know that, by […] Read More

Pelagianism

Written by James Albrecht | April, 2021
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ERROR’S ECHO In this series we take a look back at some of the most notorious errors and heresies that have threatened the church over the centuries, as well as the subtle (and not so subtle) ways in which those false teachings continue to haunt 21st century thought and theology. If you start with a […] Read More

Can You Please Explain our Position on Fundraisers?

Written by James Albrecht | October, 2015
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It seems like the perfect business model. Start with products that are donated or deeply discounted. Add volunteer labor and a worthwhile cause. Plug in a community of willing buyers. Reap a handsome profit that any retailer would envy. It also seems like the perfect fit. Picture a not-for-profit church groaning under financial obligations. It […] Read More

Montanism

Written by James Albrecht | October, 2020
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ERROR’S ECHO In this series we take a look back at some of the most notorious errors and heresies that have threatened the church over the centuries, as well as the subtle (and not so subtle) ways in which those false teachings continue to haunt 21st century thought and theology. You may not recognize the […] Read More