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BACK TO BASICS – PART 2

Last week we went “back to basics” by considering what we often call “the first table of the law,” that is, the first three commandments which deal with our “vertical” relationship with God.  This week, we consider “the second table of the law,” the remaining seven commandments which deal with our “horizontal” relationship to our neighbor, to each other. A number of years…

BACK TO BASICS

Our journey through Exodus brings us to the Ten Commandments.  It may seem like a back to the basics, but as each generation passes, one cannot assume that this baton has been firmly placed into the hands of the generation that follows.  Even among those who bear the name Christian, one often encounters a stunning ignorance of even the ABCs of Bible knowledge, of law and…

THE CHRISTIAN’S DUAL CITIZENSHIP

The Pharisees tried to get Jesus onto thin ice:  “Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” If Jesus says, “Yes,” then He comes off as siding with Rome against His own people.  If He says, “No,” then He opens Himself up to charges of revolt against Rome.   Holding up a coin, Jesus asks:  “Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?”   “Caesar’s,” they reply. Jesus…

LESSONS FROM THE WILDERNESS

God was no miser to His Old Testament people.  He drenched all of them with grace, an undeserved love that foreshadowed the word and sacraments in which He wraps you and me today.   The pillar of cloud and fire went before them like unto Him who said:  “I am the Light of the world; he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”   They…

TIMELESS TRUTH

For a lot of folks the name Athanasius may not ring a bell.  But we Christians owe the man a great deal. In the early centuries of the Church, a fellow named Arius, along with others, introduced the false teaching that Christ was “like” God, but not “the same as” God, that is, one equal Being with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.  Souls were confused and…