Politicians in general want to smooth over differences and round off corners. National ones are trying to assemble 50% of a nation of 300 million people. I think that is why the modern gaffe is any comment that actually says something. Saying something kicks people out of your tent. The problem with that is there . . . → Read More: For Clear Statements
Sermon Text: Ephesians 3:14-21 Full Draft of Sermon
It was interesting last night watching swimmer Ryan Lochte after taking 4th in his event. Just a couple of night before he had been riding high after beating his nemesis Phelps who had take a similar 4th. This was his Olympics. The vignette before with John . . . → Read More: Hope abides in The Foolish Things…like the Cross
I feel like I have to explain that last one, Christendom. That is simply the word that described a time from roughly Constantine to circa 1965. What it meant was that anywhere you went in the west two things were roughly true: 1) Christianity even if of various shades or just nominal was a shared . . . → Read More: Denominations, Congregations and Christendom
Walking the 9 year old through the catechism. We got caught on a discussion about God.
Me: God promises salvation Daughter: Where Me: Jesus says so right here Daughter: But that is Jesus not God Me: Jesus is true God – we say it weekly in the creed Daughter: But he’s a man, that doesn’t . . . → Read More: The 9 yr Old is an Arian (oh no!)
Text: Ephesians: 2:11-22 Full Draft of Sermon
Had one of the best comments possible I think – a 4 year old at McDonald’s after service commented on the sermon.
The stories in the world today – especially in the aftermath of yet another mass shooting – are stories of alienation and loss. They are . . . → Read More: Stories of Flesh and Blood
The modern world has bought into Rousseau’s noble savage. We tend to think we are pretty good by nature. That the bad we do is the exception. But that is not what the Christian Church teaches.
Here is Luther in the Smalcald Articles (Part 3 Article 1).
1] Here we must confess, as Paul . . . → Read More: The Crooked Timber of Humanity
Hey, you got chocolate in my peanut butter…
Preparing for a “Basic Lutheran Teachings” class and the foundation to Lutheran understanding is called Law and Gospel. CFW Walther, LCMS founding light, would write that “if you wish to be an orthodox teacher, you must present all the articles of the faith in accordance with Scripture, . . . → Read More: The confusion of Law & Gospel
I grew up in Fulton, Il, which you can see is at least an hour away from anything resembling population. We would joke around that something that hit the culture took about 20 years to come to Fulton. When people in Chicago were doing the electric slide, Fulton was doing the Hustle. Hence as a . . . → Read More: Law, Gospel, Families and Dealing with the ’60s or Love among the Ruins
Text: Ephesians 1:3-14 Full Draft
The textual basis for this sermon is one long sentence. The English translations break it up because that is good English. But what it does is miss the catechism like effect as the clauses build up. The core sentence is short and clear – God be Praised. The rest . . . → Read More: Every Spiritual Blessing in the heavenly realms
1) This is the President of Union Theological Seminary answering Why Seminary?
…How do we discern a truth that can grasp us fully, and what is demanded of our lives when we stand, humbly, before this truth? A seminary education centers on thinking about the “why” of existence, and making it come alive in . . . → Read More: A collection of reactions