'Paul' Tagged Posts

'Paul' Tagged Posts

THE HUMILIATION AND EXALTATION

The Bible teaches us about the two natures in Christ.  Our Savior is not two Christs, but One – the God-Man – not half-God and half-Man – but totally God and totally, sinless Man in One Person.  In the womb of the virgin Mary, God the Son took to Himself a perfect human nature. So we speak of the two natures in Christ. The Bible also teaches us about the two…

SAINTS TRIUMPHANT

The final Sundays of the church year traditionally focus on the final judgment.  In more recent years, this particular Sunday in the church year is also called “Saints Triumphant.”  We think of moving hymn verses such as: For all the saints who from their labors rest, All who their faith before the world confessed, Your name, O Jesus, be forever blessed,  Alleluia! But…

GRACE NOTES

As we near the end of the church year, our thoughts turn to the end of all things.  We instinctively picture ourselves and others before the great throne on that last day.  Who will enter that eternal kingdom and who will not? Our own times are awash in what we might call universalism, the sentimental idea that merely dying entitles a person to enter heaven, that…

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…

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…