'Peter' Tagged Posts

'Peter' Tagged Posts

LESSONS FROM THE TRANSFIGURATION

On this Sunday before the start of the Lenten season, the Church has always tipped its hat to the account of Christ’s transfiguration.   The Gospel of Matthew says that Jesus took Peter, James and John up a high mountain by themselves.  “There he was transfigured in front of them. His face was shining like the sun. His clothing became as white as the…

“THE BALAAM SYNDROME”

As the calendar year winds down and Advent ushers in a new church year, our thoughts focus on the future.  The Scriptures clearly tell us what awaits those who trust in Jesus and those who don’t. When it comes to the future, one writer describes what he calls “the Balaam syndrome.” You can read about the sorcerer, Balaam, in the Old Testament book of Numbers (chapters…

WHERE IS THIS WRITTEN?

In the second chapter of his second letter, Peter releases a blistering attack on false teachers.  We know that false doctrine is poisonous. We know that true doctrine is the only antidote.   In the Small Catechism Luther was accustomed to ask:  “Where is this written?”  He then set down the Bible passages where a given doctrine or teaching was found.  By way of review…

WHO SAYS?

“Who says I can’t drive 95 on the Interstate?”  Probably the wrong question to ask the trooper who pulled you over.   “Who says I can’t use pine tar when I’m pitching against the opposing team?”  Best not to say that to the umpire. “Who says I can’t holler ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theater?”   The district attorney may tell you who says so. “Who says it’s time to come in from…