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The Problem With Personal Evangelism

The notion of personal evangelism (PE) is the fruit of a poisonous tree. Yet one so appealing that Christians love to eat from it. The poisonous tree is theology of the Radical Reformation which jettisoned the formal church, its Services and Sacraments; in a quest to purify the Christian religion of assumed defects, thus the moniker Puritan. Rather than allow people to e...

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On The Seventh Day God Rested From All The Work He Had Done

"So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation." (Genesis 2:3) As often as we hear these words from Genesis the first thing Christians should see is Jesus in the tomb, resting from "all his work" of salvation that he accomplished in the making of a New Creation. The first creation as we find it ...

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Of No Theological Significance

There has been a flurry of activity in the last 7 weeks among end-times-oriented Christians in connection with the Israel Hamas war. But may all Lutherans understand that this war has nothing to do with the Bible, Bible prophecy, the End of the World, or the Return of Christ for Judgment. Though regretful and miserable ("war is hell"), and though every good person prays f...

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An End In Itself

In the LCMS today pastors are trying to revive the love of, and teach the importance of, the liturgy. Liturgical worship was standard procedure for Lutherans in America from the publication of the Common Service in the late 1800's, and for about 100 years thereafter when ecclesiastical mayhem took hold. The worship wars were on: traditional v. contemporary. But the more t...

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Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

The hymn "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" is a favorite of Lutherans and other Christians as well. In this article the author gives an outstanding explanation of the piece, its history and its melody. Listen to it here....

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Hermeneutics are the "rules" by which one interprets the Bible. Everyone has them; and everyone, moreover, has a catechism which is the distillation and conclusions of one's interpretive / hermeneutical methods. Even the Fundamentalist who claims the Bible alone as his catechism betrays himself, and his hermeneutical methods the moment he underlines a passage, or notes wh...

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What Is The Book Of Hebrews - The Complete Work Of Christ

After much study and analysis I have a theory about the Book of Hebrews; that it is the transcript of a Divine Service from beginning to end. Imagine a court reporter taking down every word of a normal Eucharistic liturgy in the LCMS (p. 184). It would open with the invocation and close with the benediction or possibly a parting hymn. Every word would be taken down but in ...

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I Will Not Be Denied - On 50 Years Of Legal Abortion

Monday, January 22st, marks the 50th year since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that opened the floodgates for legal abortion. In that time period the largest holocaust in world history has taken place before our blurry eyes, inside of institutions that we thoughtlessly drive past daily, and nary a word is raised. The word "abortion" has two connotations. One is the...

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Last Sunday of the Church Year (C) - Epistle

The epistle for the Last Sunday of the Church Year is a beauty; see my translation below. Besides the divine knowledge that it imparts to us - unknowable by any man except God should reveal it - there is the matter of its format. I organize it in the form of versicles and responses because it so naturally accomodates that oldest and most well-known form of Holy Christian ...

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Malachi 3:13-18 - Last Sunday Of Church Year (C) A Lesson In Biblical Translation & Interpretation

I think we can safely assume that what was originally the prophecy ofthe prophets, in time, became fixed into a liturgical format that wasread aloud, and antiphonally prayed by faithful Israel in her worship.The context of the entire book from start to finish is addressed toworshiping Israel and her clergy. Further this prophet it is easily divided into versicles and resp...

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