'Jeremiah' Tagged Posts

'Jeremiah' Tagged Posts

“TREASURE IN CLAY JARS”

Speaking of the life-giving gospel he preached, Paul once said, “We hold this treasure in clay jars” (2 Corinthians 4:7). Martin Luther echoed this in the 62nd of his 95 Theses.  He said: “The true treasure of the church is the holy Gospel of the glory and grace of God.” You would think that God would entrust the priceless treasure of the gospel to some exceptionally…

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…

SERVANTS OF CHRIST

“Did you hear the one about the minister, the priest and the rabbi…?”   Chances are, so have most pastors. Preacher jokes are as plentiful as lawyer jokes.  That’s OK. Some of them are truly funny. Pastors need to take the word of God seriously, not so much themselves.   What preachers see from their side of the pulpit can be comical too.  Ask…

THE BLESSINGS OF GUILT

Peter “went outside and wept bitterly” after he shamefully denied Christ in that cold, outer courtyard. Many of today’s trendier-than-thou clergy tell us that words such as “guilt” and “repentance” are out of fashion. “Musn’t  lay guilt trips on people,” we are told, or make folks feel bad when they actually are bad. The prayer of the penitent tax-collector, “God have…

SIN, GRACE & LOVE

In 1850 Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote a famous novel – The Scarlet Letter. The story is set in 17th century Massachusetts.   In the days of Puritan New England, Hester Prynne falls prey to sexual immorality.   There is no hiding the matter.  She is pregnant out of wedlock.  Soon she gives birth to little Pearl.  Spoiler alert!  The Rev. Mr. Dimmsedale turns out to be the…