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Christ, the Life of all the living…

Christ, the Life of all the living…

…Christ, the Death of death, our foe. . . Read All

Paint the Toe Nails Red with the Blood of Christ

“3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, [5] and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who . . . Read All
Turning Acts 6 Upside Down

Turning Acts 6 Upside Down

Acts 6:1–4 (ESV) — 1 Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. 2 And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. 3 Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. 4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word. In Acts 6, we are told that the Apostles recognized that as the . . . Read All
We Should Fear and Love God so that we Don't get Stuck in Stupid

We Should Fear and Love God so that we Don’t get Stuck in Stupid

Pew survey finds Americans split along party lines about Muslims, Episcopal Church leader calls the recent censure “fair,” NARAL gets incensed over Doritos ad, and we should fear and love God so that we don’t get stuck in stupid Visit Matthew Pancake’…

Living Sacrifices

12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, [1] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. [2] 2 Do not be conformed to this world, [3] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. [4] (Romans 12:1-2 (ESV) “Be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” A passive imperative is somewhat an oxymoron. But when God says “let there be light” then there is light. The thing here is that we don’t transform ourselves, we are transformed by the gospel. A person could even say . . . Read All
50 Years of Dialogue. . .

50 Years of Dialogue. . .

Mathew Block, editor of The Canadian Lutheran magazine, communications manager for Lutheran Church–Canada, and editor for the International Lutheran Council, has written carefully about the 50 years of official Lutheran and Roman Catholic dialogue.  He reminds us that the situation in Rome has changed since the conversations began and the situation among Lutherans has changed dramatically — even to the point where you might wonder who is across the table from the theologians and bishops representing the Pope. The dialogues began before the Lutheran World Federation became a communion.  Before the ordination of women became normative for LWF members.  Before the same sex marriage and clergy divergence from historic Biblical and Judeo-Christian morality.  Before the rise of the African Lutherans. . . Read All
A significant death. . .

A significant death. . .

We spend a great deal of time talking about significant lives, debating over the value and legacy of such lives.  We too often miss the significance of a death.  The death of Antonin Scalia is one such significant death.  It comes at a time when the Constitution is nearly dominated by those who disdain originalism and insist that this document of American identity must undergo a face lift every now and then.  It is done under the guise that this is a living document.  Few intellects have been able to match the scholarly might of justices and law schools and politicians in the pursuit of a constitution which is bare framework upon which the times may hang their own definitions. . . Read All

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Light for My Path Daily Devotion Bible Reading How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” (Isaiah 52:7 ESV) Hymn ELH 192:1-3 How Beauteous Are Their Feet How beauteous are […]

Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10 Daily Lectionary: Genesis 7:11-8:12; Mark 3:20-35 We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. (2 Corinthians 6:1) In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. There’s such…
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