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A Time To Be Silent

As of this writing 21 people have died at the hands of criminal Salvador Ramos in Uvalde, TX. Everyone wants to weigh in from the individual Tweeter to the president of the United States. But are they talking because they have something to say, or because the have to say something? There is nothing to say.Instead let every man repent of his sins, and root out the evil tha...

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Oil In Scripture And Church Practice

Oil In Scripture And Church Practice Perspective The Lutheran Reformation restored great truths to the holy Christian church, above all the primacy of God's grace: namely that sinners are spared the condemnation due to them because to their sins solely on the basis of God's grace and goodness! No one can purchase his way into heaven, but it is "the gift of God, not of...

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The Law And The Cross

What does St. Paul mean when he writes: "I count all things as loss for the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, through whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, that I might gain Christ; and be found in him not having my own righteousness proceeding from the Law, but that righteousness which comes "through the faith of Christ" w...

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The End Of The Ages

What does St. Paul mean by "the end of the ages" in Sunday's epistle (Lent 3C)? "Now these things happened to them as an example, and were written down for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages is come. (1 Cor.10:11) How can he say of the church 2,000 years ago that "the end of the ages" had come upon them? How can we say it? If we interpret Scripture with s...

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The Liturgy According To St. Luke

Below is my translation of Sunday's gospel (Lent 3 - Series C). If we read it with liturgical, sacramental and incarnational eyes we will find that St. Luke casts this, and his entire gospel, in a liturgical framework. In other words his gospel is not simply a desultory report of things Jesus did, but the verbal icon of the liturgy that his life is. This becomes evident wi...

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Ezekiel And Jesus

Every commentator I've ever read says that "son of man" in Ezekiel has nothing to do with that term as it applies to Jesus. But I must ask, why? We know that Ezekiel is a type of Christ, even as are all the prophets (Acts 10:43 et. al.). So why the man, but not the title? I suspect that, like so many other presuppositions, that this is one more false conclusion that has ...

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Wolves

"Watch out for false prophets.They come to you in sheep's clothing,But inwardly they are ferocious wolves."Mathew 7:15 NIV Wolves are not detected because of inferior costume design.On the contrary, they know their craft and dress themselves accordingly. They've studied the trends and understand the importance of adapting to the sheep's ever-changing preferences and des...

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War

They say that, "War is hell," and how true it is. The present Russian Ukrainian war is the first ever to be brought to you live from the battlefield. Yes we've all seen pixels of previous wars in the Middle East, in Viet Nam. But never before were there instant updates on social media from the battleground, from the soldiers, from the survivors of the civilians who were s...

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A Rethink Of Deuteronomy 26

The appointed lesson for Lent 1 (Series C) for the LCMS is Deuteronomy 26:1-11 which says in part: 1 When you come into the Land that the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance and have taken possession of it and live in it 2 you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the GROUND which you harvest from the GROUND that the LORD your God gives you, and you s...

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Hermeneutics

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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