Our best ‘is’ the problem

Consolidaction : Le Top Secret by Animation Concept

Here’s some portions of a Romans class that Pastor Mark taught a while back. Not much has changed. We are still the same, and God is still the same.

Towards the end of the class Pastor Mark reveals the ‘4 secrets’ to the sanctified Christian life.  😀

All four sections add up to around 12 minutes total…so there’s no excuse not to become the Christian that you deserve to be.

( I know that some sections are just seconds long, but I haven’t figured out yet how to splice them onto other sections.  I’ll add that to my list of stuff to learn someday)

Our best is not good enough #1


Our best is not good enough #2


Our best is not good enough #3


Our best is not good enough #4



Thanks, Pastor Mark.


And thanks to flickr and to Animation Concepts for the photo.


There’s only one

Bono by itrimble


This message would make a great many liberal mainline Protestant pastors spit like crazed camels.


 But I think Bono would be quite pleased.


Click here > There’s only one


Thanks, Pastor Mark.


And thanks to flicker and itrimble for the photo.



The Roman Catholic view of ‘faith’ vs. the Lutheran view of ‘faith’

The full class is now posted (below) in mp3. 

St Peter's Basillica , Rome by James Mans                  

 The actual class starts about 5 min. into #1 (thanks to my Christian brother Brent’s lengthy questions)  😀

Views on ‘faith’ #1          Views on ‘faith’ #6

Views on ‘faith’ #2          Views on ‘faith’ #7

Views on ‘faith’ #3          Views on ‘faith’ #8

Views on ‘faith’ #4          Views on ‘faith’ #9

Views on ‘faith’ #5

Views of ‘faith’ – the entire class


I should have titled them Views of ‘faith’, but it’s late and I’m not going to fix it now.


Thanks to Pastor Mark Anderson.

And to flickr and James Mans,  for the photo.


Another priceless Forde quote…



“The Word is not relevant to the ‘Old Adam’ as such…. It is something like the word, ‘I love you,’ spoken in a brothel”

                     – Gerhard Forde,  “A Short Word,” 1981


Thanks to Pastor Mark for passing these Forde quotes along to us.

Christian Growth

Graft #9 by joeysplanting.






Here’s another gem from Gerhard Forde.

“Christian growth is forgetting about yourself.”

  (…and your Christian growth)


The parenthetical statement is my addition.


Thanks to flickr and joeysplanting for the photo.



Trying to make Christians… out of Christians.

Galatians by Amsterdam Asp

That’s what St. Paul was doing in the Galatian letter.

Trying to take the religiosity out of Christians. Trying to show them that they have been freed from the Law of Moses, by the cross of Christ.

That job still needs to be done, as the ‘Christ +’ (whatever)  crowd is always on the lookout for those not living up to the “Christian life”, and is more than willing to hand you the list of all the areas where you should be doing a better job.

Here’s a terrific sermon that is the capstone for Lutheran Church of the Master’s Lenten theme this year of “Breaking Free from Religion’.


click here> Making Christians out of Christians

                         (Pastor Mark’s Good Friday sermon for 2011)


Thanks to flicker and Amsterdam Asp for the photo.


What would the world look like?

Sibiu Cathedral (Jesus washes Peter's feet) by Fergal Claddagh

What would it look like if we actually lived the way Jesus commands us to?

Here’s Pastor Mark’s Maundy Thursday sermon for 2011.

( I messed up the begining so there’s a silence for about 20 seconds or so at the start of it) 


click here>   Maundy Thursday Sermon for 2011


Thanks to flickr and Fergal Claddagh, for the photo.

DON’T tamper with the Word!

Joel Osteen at Yankee Stadium, 04/25/09 by Gary Dunaier

Do we have the right, as Christians, to critique other Chrsitians as to their version of what the Christian faith is all about?

Absolutely we do!

Listen in to find out why this is important.


Tampering with the Word #1                   Tampering with the Word #7

Tampering with the Word #2                   Tampering with the Word #8

Tampering with the Word #3                   Tampering with the Word #9

Tampering with the Word #4                   Tampering with the Word #10

Tampering with the Word #5                   Tampering with the Word #11

Tampering with the Word #6


Tampering with the Word entire class


Listen to one or two of them, or..if so inclined, take in the entire class.


Thanks to flicker and Gary Dunaier, for the photo.


Are you really gonna tame this beast?

Vicious Dog by Simma_Down_Na!!

Here’s Luther’s commentary on Gal. 3:19

VERSE 19. It was added because of transgressions.


In other words, that transgressions might be recognized as such and thus increased. When sin, death, and the wrath of God are revealed to a person by the Law, he grows impatient, complains against God, and rebels. Before that he was a very holy man; he worshipped and praised God; he bowed his knees before God and gave thanks, like the Pharisee. But now that sin and death are revealed to him by the Law he wishes there were no God. The Law inspires hatred of God. Thus sin is not only revealed by the Law; sin is actually increased and magnified by the Law.

The Law is a mirror to show a person what he is like, a sinner who is guilty of death, and worthy of everlasting punishment. What is this bruising and beating by the hand of the Law to accomplish? This, that we may find the way to grace. The Law is an usher to lead the way to grace. God is the God of the humble, the miserable, the afflicted. It is His nature to exalt the humble, to comfort the sorrowing, to heal the broken-hearted, to justify the sinners, and to save the condemned. The fatuous idea that a person can be holy by himself denies God the pleasure of saving sinners. God must therefore first take the sledge-hammer of the Law in His fists and smash the beast of self-righteousness and its brood of self-confidence, self-wisdom, self-righteousness, and self-help. When the conscience has been thoroughly frightened by the Law it welcomes the Gospel of grace with its message of a Savior who came into the world, not to break the bruised reed, nor to quench the smoking flax, but to preach glad tidings to the poor, to heal the broken-hearted, and to grant forgiveness of sins to all the captives.

Man’s folly, however, is so prodigious that instead of embracing the message of grace with its guarantee of the forgiveness of sin for Christ’s sake, man finds himself more laws to satisfy his conscience. “If I live,” says he, “I will mend my life. I will do this, I will do that.” Man, if you don’t do the very opposite, if you don’t send Moses with the Law back to Mount Sinai and take the hand of Christ, pierced for your sins, you will never be saved.

When the Law drives you to the point of despair, let it drive you a little farther, let it drive you straight into the arms of Jesus who says: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”


Thank you, brother Martin.   Thank you, St. Paul.    Thank you, Lord Jesus.



Thanks to flickr and Simma_Down_Na!!,  for the photo.


The 23rd Chapter of the Book of Acts

 IMG_0132 by blandocal

Here’s a class that is one of my favorites.  It is definitely not the picture of the Christian faith that you hear about in a lot of churches. It is a brutally honest accounting of the way things were, the way things are, and the way God acts for His purposes, using all things to accomplish His will…including us.

I put it up in piece meal, so you can listen to it in sections, if you wish. If you’d like the whole thing together in one shot, send me an e-mail letting me know and I’ll put it up that way for you as well.


Acts #1                    Acts #9

Acts #2                   Acts #10

Acts #3                   Acts #11 

Acts #4                   Acts #12

Acts #5                   Acts #13

Acts #6                   Acts #14

Acts #7                   Acts #15

Acts #8                   Acts #16


       Acts 23 entire class



 Thanks to flickr and blandocal, for the photo.