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More On Scripture As Liturgy - Genesis 11:1-9

It is my contention that Christians don't know what Scripture is, and consequently don't know how to read it or employ it. Scripture is not simply to be read for information, or systemitized into dogmatic propositions. Nor is it anyone's personal devotion book. But it is the church's book to be prayed by the church in the church. It is worship. It does not only contain lit...

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The One Non-Renewable Resource

Time is precious, expendable, and non-renewable.In this world one can always get more money, power or prestige by working harder and smarter. But, as Jesus says, no one can add a moment to the span of his life.Time, because of sin, is a curse. When one's time has run out it is out! It is non-renewable. Whatever else one might have hoped to be or do or have is over! Now en...

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A Pastoral Letter On Christian Giving

"To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you." (Jude 1:1-2) Teaching on Christian giving must always be reviewed and renewed. Like all other things we tend to forget. And so hear the word of the Lord. The first thing that we should learn today is that Christian giving is an act of Christian...

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Orthodoxy (Not Eastern)

Most Lutheran pastors and parishes (LCMS) still place a high value on orthodoxy. But what is orthodoxy, and how is it determined? For Lutherans orthodoxy is determined by doctrine. If Scriptural doctrine is rightly formulated, confessed, and taught then a church is orthodox. These of course are all good things, but there is a problem. Orthodoxy means "right worship", but...

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Scripture Is Not Literature - For Pastors Only

It has been said that "Scripture may be more than literature, but it is not less than literature." This is a logical fallacy, a case of "ignoratio elenchi" (appeal to ignorance). It is the informal fallacy of presenting an argument that may in itself be valid, but does not address the issue in question. The logical conclusion of said assertion is that Scripture is literat...

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Reading Scripture Through Nuptial Lenses

(John 16:26 "In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say toyou that I will ask the Father on your behalf, 27 for the Fatherhimself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that Icame from God. 28 I came from the Father and have come into the world,and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father."} I read Sunday's gospel through expressly nup...

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St. John Chrysostom On The Husband's Love For His Wife

Here are words of goodness, truth and beauty for every husband and wife to ponder. ...

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Liturgical Note - Celebrant's Host

Christ Lutheran Church will institute a new practice beginning this coming Sunday: the use of a celebrant's host. The celebrant's host is a larger communion wafer that is more easily visible to God's people when elevated. After the elevation it is broken and put onto the paten with the other hosts. The shape will be different, and so will the feel in your mouth should you...

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Forgiveness Has Risen From The Grave

As Christmas joy continues for 12 days, Easter joy continues for 49 days. Christ is risen, he is risen indeed, Alleluia....

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For Preachers Only

Pastor, if you are preaching on the Epistles of Series C for the Sundays after Easter they are all from Revelation. Here are a few notes you might find helpful....

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