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Ask a Catholic: How Many Good Works Do You Need to Get into Heaven?

Historically, one of the points of disagreement between Martin Luther and Roman Catholic leaders had to do with the connection between faith and good works. Luther insisted that salvation depended on faith alone, while Catholic teachers responded that one's eternal destiny required good works. 

I Find in Pullman’s Trinity Lutheran Church an Immersive Experience

My friend Susan Swan spoke very highly of Trinity Lutheran Church located just off of the WSU campus nestled gently at the top of NE Lybecker Road in Pullman. She was a retired professor of history, and in her more active days, she spent many a Sunday there.

An Epiphany in Spokane and Moscow

My Christian denomination, along with some others, celebrates the time between January 6 and Ash Wednesday as the season of Epiphany. In common use an epiphany is a sudden moment of awareness — an "ah ha" moment. Etymologically, an epiphany is a shining (“-pha’’-) forth (“epi-“), a manifestation of light. In Christian tradition, this shining forth is the coming of Jesus into the world, a coming through which we all may shine.

Freewill: God predestines us and gives us freewill

Scripture plainly states that God is the one responsible for our eternal destiny, and that we cannot save ourselves.

Not for Sale: Reformation 2017

This week, we observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

A Lutheran for the summer

If you were to look at my life from afar, one might call me a seeker. But not in the sense of “I don’t know what I believe” or “Is there even a God?” No – I am a committed Christian, earnestly seeking a life that glorifies the father through the love of Christ with the guidance of the Spirit. Instead, I’m a denominational seeker and a tradition explorer.

For the love of fire

Tomorrow night, Christians all around the globe will gather by fire. It is the night of the Pascha, the Easter Vigil. Modeled in part on the Jewish Passover, the vigil begins at sundown (approximately) and continues for a long time. The first action of the vigil is to bless the new fire, a reminder that God is the source of all warmth and light.

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