Posted by: Johnold Strey | March 9, 2009

Recommended Posts

Last week I added a new widget to the side bar of this blog, simply titled, “Recommended Posts.” In addition to the five most recent posts and five most popular posts (determined over the previous 24-48 hours), this group of five posts is intended to give people a sample of some of the best posts from the past. While the suggestions may change in the future, here are the five recommended posts currently listed:

  • Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi: Commentary on the connection between the way a church prays and worships and the way those practices can affect what Christians believe.  The comments by author Pastor James Waddell after the post are especially helpful for clarifying a misconception about the origin of the Latin phrase, “lex orandi, lex credendi.”
  • Luther, Liturgy, and Christian Freedom: A series of quotations from Martin Luther explaining the connection between adiaphora (Christian freedom) and liturgy (worship).  Luther wisely avoids the two extremes, not condoning an establishment of “liturgical law” on the one hand but also not condoning an “every man for himself” mentality on the other.  The sum of Luther’s quotes shows the wisdom of a brotherly agreement among pastors and churches when it comes to worship content and form.
  • Recommended Reading for ’09: Three new book suggestions for your reading pleasure and ongoing Christian education, one on apologetics (Religion on Trial) and the other two on theology (Christless Christianity, The Theology of the Cross).
  • Sermon on 1 Corinthians 2:1-5: A sermon from my “pre-blog” days that, in part, describes the new theological battle before Christians today.  The old battle was to defend the Bible’s historical accuracy.  The new battle is to recognize that Scripture’s purpose is to point us to Christ.  It is not sufficient to say that something is Bible-based, because often the so-called Bible-based sermon does not take us to the cross for our salvation.  The conclusion refers to the sermon diagnostic suggested by “Issues, Etc.” host Pastor Todd Wilken during “sermon review” segments on the program.
  • The Best Week on Christian Talk Radio: Links to a five-part series of “Issues, Etc.” programs with guest Dr. John Warwick Montgomery titled, “Answering the Objections of Unbelievers.”  Lutherans know what they believe, but are often unequipped to defend it to unbelievers and skeptics.  Do yourself a favor: Equip yourself to confess your faith by listening to these shows!  I have found them (and other books and audio files with Montgomery) to be extremely helpful, and I’m sure you will too.
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