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Is Your Church Too Friendly?

As a larger than normal number of visitors will attend Services this Easter let us ask ourselves: Is my church too friendly? As a pastor who is busy every Sunday morning I don't often get to observe other churches in action. But I keep my ear to the ground; I make inquiries; I get reports from others; and I check out church websites; and what I observe is embarrassing. C...

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Liturgical Renewal In the LCMS - An Assessment

I thought this to be a wonderful article by Rev. Larry Peterson, Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Clarksville TN about the "liturgical movement" that is afoot in the LCMS. He is spot on....

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More On Scripture As Liturgy

This discussion is based on the Epistle for Easter Mass (Series C) of the Lutheran Service Book....

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A Preview Of Easter Joy

As a preview of Easter joy I here present the Old Testament lesson for Easter from the Prophet Isaiah with commentary to follow. 17 "For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind.. 18 But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and her peopl...

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"Upon Whom The End Of The Ages Is Come"

I consider 1 Cor 10 to be specifically sacramental. The earlier part of the chapter considers baptism, because the Eucharistic assembly is comprised of the baptized only; and remember Paul is preaching in their Sunday worship assembly via his letter / sermon. Verse 11 is, in my reading, particularly Eucharistic. "Upon whom / to whom the end of the ages is come," The "is c...

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A Retake On Philippians 3:17 through 4:1

Some thoughts on Sunday next's epistle. 17 Brothers, become imitators of me, and carefully observe those who conduct themselves in accordance with the pattern you have from us. 18 For many walk, as I have often said and now say again with tears, as enemies of the cross of Christ; 19 whose end is destruction! whose god is their belly and who glory in their shame -- who set...

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A Matter Of Biblical Interpretation

The Bible needs to be interpreted. The possibilities are not limitless, but there is room for interpretation. To be sure everyone who practices the holy Christian religion does interpret Scripture, or subscribe to an already existing interpretation / school of thought. My first move, whenever possible, is to seek out the incarnational (perceivable by one or more of the fi...

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One More Word On Transfiguration

My preparation for Transfiguration this past week was theologically transformative. It brought together many things that I have been studying for the last 7 years, and I am now prepared to say that Transfiguration is pure gospel, and contains no law whatsoever, as Lutherans understand that dialectic. That there is not a word or suggestion of condemnation, but only of pure ...

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You Are Dust

Your pastor highly recommends this articleto explain the significance of receiving ashes on Ash Wednesday. I could not have said it better myself. Lent is a season of repentance. We need such a season. We need to receive instruction on sin, repentance and sin's remission only by the blood of Christ. The Holy Blood shed on the cross, and received in the Cup. Both! But our...

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A Retake On Hebrews 3:1 (Transfiguration)

Hebrews 3:1 "Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession ... " The preacher here addresses the baptized gathered for eucharistic worship. (That is the definition of the church.) They are "holy brothers." But this is not simply a religious or collegial address, but a recognition of who the bap...

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