Author Archives: Rich Lusk

Aiming at Shalom, 2

The early church took possession of the Roman Empire within a few centuries, largely because she ministered sacrificially in word and deed. The church provided services and care that the empire and pagan religions could not in times of crisis. The faithful witness of those serving Christians bore great fruit in the transformation of a […]

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Aiming at Shalom, 1

Charles Spurgeon once quipped, “If you give a man the gospel, wrap it in a sandwich. And if you give a man a sandwich, wrap it in the gospel.” With those words, the great Baptist preacher captured the essence of the church’s mission in the world. The church’s mission is to be modeled after the […]

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The Logic of Luther

I think the logic of the Lutheran Reformation can be summarized in one sentence, attributed to Luther himself: “God does not need your good works, but your neighbor does.” The first half of that statement is justification by faith. God doesn’t need our works to satisfy his justice or earn his favor. He justifies us […]

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Primer on Ash Wednesday

What is Ash Wednesday? Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, a season focused on the sufferings and cross of Jesus. But Jesus’ death on the cross cannot be separated from the cross we are called to bear in union with him, so Lent naturally also becomes a season of contrition and repentance. Ash […]

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