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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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Seminar On St. John's Gospel - Rev. Dr. William Weinrich

MONDAY JUNE 10, 2019 AND TUESDAY JUNE 11, 2019 ...

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What Is "The Faith"?

When St. Paul writes: "Examine yourselves to see whether or not you are IN THE FAITH" in 2 Cor.3:5 Or When St. Jude writes of "THE FAITH once delivered unto the saints" what is the content of that Faith? Are these apostles speaking notionally? Is it simply a kergyma of uncertain content that they have in mind? Or are they possibly referencing an unknown first century cree...

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What Farmers, Shop Keepers and Peasants Can Teach Us

Here are two noteworthy articles that will help to reframe us regarding the importance of constucting beautiful churches. https://pastoralmeanderings.blogspot.com/2019/04/art-oh-my-goodness.html https://pastoralmeanderings.blogspot.com/2019/04/what-farmers-shopkeepers-and-peasants.html...

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On The Passover By Melito Bishop Of Sardis 170 AD

If you want to know how the church fathers understood Scripture, and preached, you will find no better example than this Easter sermon by Melito who was Bishop of the Church in Sardis (in Western Turkey), and was martyred for the faith around 180 AD. ...

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