Posts from October 2018

Posts from October 2018

REFORMATION 501 – THE HEIDELBERG DISPUTATION

Last year we marked the 500th anniversary of what most folks consider the starting pistol of the Lutheran Reformation – Luther’s hammering of the       95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Oct. 31. 1517.   With these theses or statements in Latin, Luther proposed a debate among…

NEVER GIVE UP!

The famous piano player, Paderewski, surely had some natural gifts.  But he also would have understood Thomas Edison’s old line that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. As a boy, Paderewski sat at the piano for three hours every morning and three hours every evening.  Throughout his brilliant career, he kept up a rigorous schedule of daily practice. It was said…

HOW BIG IS YOUR GOD?

What’s under your magnifying glass?  What is a big deal to you? In the older yet familiar language of the King James Version, the expectant Mary called out:  “My soul doth magnify the Lord!”  That’s why we call it the “Magnificat.”   To “magnify” is to make large, to extol as great, to praise and glorify.   Puny little creatures like you and me cannot make God any bigger…

THE ROAD TO SPIRITUAL RENEWAL

It was Jesus who told us that the love of most would grow cold.  It was Jesus who told the church at Ephesus that they had lost their first love.  It was Jesus who told the church at Laodicea that they were neither hot nor cold, but lukewarm, and so He would spit them out of His mouth.   The virus appears in every age.  Ours too. We grieve over the symptoms when we see…