Posts from 2019

Posts from 2019

“NO CONDEMNATION”

In Christ’s own description of the sheep and goats before His throne of judgment in today’s text, and in Paul’s words from our epistle lesson that “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,” we have the plain teaching of the Bible that we are accountable to God.   This is the terrifying preaching of the law.  God is utterly seriously about every word He says.…

THE SONG OF RUTH

Today we examine the little book of Ruth.  The most famous verses of Ruth, as translated in the King James Version have often been sung at weddings: Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: For whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest I will lodge: Thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die,…

REFORMATION REVIEW

For Luther, the storm began in his own troubled heart in the monastery at Erfurt.  He learned quickly enough that his best efforts and sincerest attempts at devotion were not enough to erase the stain of sin from his heart.  For that he needed Christ. And Christ is whom he found when Dr. Staupitz sent him to study the Bible, to teach theology at the new…

“SURVIVORS OF THE FOG”

In the final lines of Hebrews 11 – that famous “heroes of faith” chapter – the inspired writer hits the fast forward button.  He lists a roll call of people whose mere names bring to mind their heroic lives: Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets.  Suddenly he stops listing the names – because there are so many. The writer simply refers…

FREEDOM FROM OURSELVES

It was difficult even to read about it.  Some years ago, a woman in northern Florida was obsessed with the Facebook game, FarmVille.  Apparently, “gaming” was her god. Her infant’s cries interrupted her game.  So she shook her baby to death. According to the Florida Times-Union, Alexandra V. Tobias entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder.   Tobias told…