What sustains our living faith as we interact with and journey through the culture? Yes, it is the Word of Christ and His blessed Sacraments, but for what reason are these guaranteed? For what cause are these even available? It is on account of the LORD's mercy. In 2016 the book "The Mercy of God in the Cross of Christ: Essays On Mercy In Honor Of Glenn Merritt" was released by The Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod. My essay in this book is "God's Nature as Merciful God."
The book is edited by Rev. Dr. Ross Edward Johnson and Rev. Dr. John T. Pless. Pastor Ross Johnson is a church son of Saint Paul's Lutheran Church (formerly of Laguna Beach) and now in Irvine. I had the distinct honor and privilege of catechizing and confirming Pastor Johnson who is now the Director of LC-MS Disaster Response.
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