'Sacrament' Tagged Posts

'Sacrament' Tagged Posts

FROM THE RAT RACE TO A SOLITARY PLACE

We all talk about the great “rat race” that life can become.  In his book, “Sabbath,” Wayne Muller tells the story of Harvard president Neil Rudenstein.  One morning Rudenstein overslept.  For a perfectionist like him in the midst of a major fund-raising campaign, it was cause for alarm.  After years in a system that rewarded frantic overwork, he was just worn out.   It took a three-month leave of absence, during which he did little more than read, listen to music…

SOMETHING SPECIAL

Today’s “cross-examination” takes us to the upper room where Christ institutes Holy Communion – the Lord’s Supper – as a “visible gospel.” We call these visible expressions of the gospel “sacraments.”   A sacrament  1)  is instituted by Christ,  2)  has an earthly visible element used with God’s Word, and 3) conveys in a special way the forgiveness of sins which Christ won for us.   The two sacraments are Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. Baptism is intended for all those who,…

“THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU”

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). God has a plan for you.  In fact, that’s why we talk about “the plan of salvation.”  God planned to send his Son into the world that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  What God planned in eternity, He carried out in time. Amid…

CARPE DIEM!

The famous old Latin phrase was Carpe Diem! – “Seize the Day!”  The ancient slogan was revived some years ago in the movie, Dead Poets Society, and was fashioned into a song in the Disney musical, Newsies. The phrase “Seize the day!” is open to both a godless understanding and a Christian understanding.  The ancient Greeks and Romans and a lot of people down to 2013 believe in seizing the day with a godless gusto which  chants “eat, drink and…