Posts from October 2017

Posts from October 2017

“TAUGHT BY GOD”

In a world that had largely lost the Bible, the goal of Luther and others was that all of God’s people might be Theodidacti – “Taught by God.” To that end, Luther wrote The Small Catechism as a short summary of the very basics that every Christian ought to know about God – His law in the Commandments, His gospel in the three articles of the Creed, how to pray with the…

LIBERTY OR LICENSE?

Paul once framed an issue with a question so shocking that it hits us upside the head.  He asked the Christians at Rome:  “Shall we keep on sinning so that grace may increase?”  He hastened to answer:  ”Absolutely not!” There have always been people who turn liberty from sin into a license to sin.  Noting that Christ’s grace and forgiveness are full and free, they assume…

THE ADVANTAGES OF POVERTY?

“Blessed are you who are poor,” said Jesus (Luke 6:30 EHV).  That sounds almost un-American.  What blessing or advantage could there be in poverty – of body – or of spirit? James answers that by posing another question:  “”Listen, my dear brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom, which He promised to…

“THE LEAST OF THESE”

A fellow tells this story from his college days: “During my second month of school, our professor gave us a pop quiz. “I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one:  ‘What is the name of the woman who cleans the school?’ “Surely this was some kind of joke.  I had seen the cleaning woman several times.  She was tall,…
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