Bible Text: Mark 10:17-22 Full Draft of Sermon
One of theses days I’m going to write a novel with that title. It’s an allusion to Gen 31:19,32 and as with so much else from that Ur-Book, its a powerful story that we play out again and again like a musical fugue.
The Gospel . . . → Read More: The Household Gods
Here is the link to the actual story and the radio version.
This was a great news clip. One thing that kept running through my head was that the Mormon faith in the USA is roughly 3.2 Million people. For comparison the LCMS is roughly 2.5M, Methodist 11M, Baptist 36M, Roman Catholic 57M. How does . . . → Read More: NPR, IRS, Mormons, Tithing & God…is there a hot point missing
I had this old game – Fortress America. Think Red Dawn but a lot geekier and without wolverines. Everybody (but Canada, which had declared itself Switzerland) was attacking the United States. The United States defended its turf and expelled the invaders. Think about that for a second. What kind of fears are displayed in a . . . → Read More: Let’s try and tie some things together…
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Last time we looked at the OT background of the tithe – both where it has gospel roots and where it is a command of the law. What the OT stories confirm is that . . . → Read More: Stewardship 6: A Cheerful Giver.
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In our prior posts we talked about three things: 1) Stewardship or how we use . . . → Read More: Stewardship 5: The Tithe – where it comes from and what it means
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In the last post we looked at the question what does faithfulness in stewardship look like through the story of Cain and Abel. We came . . . → Read More: Stewardship 4: The goal of stewardship
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Short Recap. Stewardship is part of the sanctified life or part of living the gospel. It would be easy to make a law of it, but we break the law. That is what the . . . → Read More: Stewardship 3: What does faithfulness look like in Stewardship?
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The texts we will discuss below: Matt 25:14-30 and Luke 19:12-27
I wanted to look at the parables of the talents in regards to stewardship first, and I put them both on, because I think they help each other.
The Matthew form is probably . . . → Read More: Stewardship 2: The Importance and Return to Faithfulness
One of the planks of our vision statement says that we grow and engage the faith. The church has many euphemisms. It also has many fine words. Too often what I have found is that fine words also have euphemistic meanings. And the church has worked to promote the euphemism because it is easier than . . . → Read More: Stewardship 1: The messy side of the gospel