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On The Interpretation Of Matthew 5:17

By now you are probably familiar with my remonstrations that Lutherans need to learn how to read / hear Scripture. That we must rid ourselves of the Fundamentalist, a-ecclesiastical, a-sacramental, a-liturgical reading / hearing of it. Should we be so blessed as to accomplish this high goal I think that many of our ecclesiastical ills might also dissolve. In preparati...

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Servant Worshiper Liturgizer

As often as we hear the term "servant" in Scripture such as:Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins ... Psalm 19:13James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, James 1:1 And Mary said, "Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:38 In such verses Servant = Worshiper. So that whe...

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A Refresher On Private Confession And Absolution

This article by the Rev. Doctor John Pless is a good refresher on the confessing of our sins, and receiving of absolution. Officially private confession and absolution is a sacrament of the Lutheran church. But you would never know it by how rarely it is offered and practiced. But it's never too late to hope for a revival. To that end I hope you will read this article, an...

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A Survey Of The Religious Landscape In America 2017

The landscape of the Christian religion in America in 2017 -- the good, the bad and the ugly....

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How to read Scripture Like A Lutheran And Not Like A Fundamentalist: Part 1

Disclaimer as of June 19, 2017. While I stand by what I have written below, based on my continuing studies, I would have said some things differently. I would have added a few things, subtracted a few, and put more or less emphasis on others. Your comments are welcome. November 22, 2015 Today let us consider three uses or aspects of Holy Scripture so that we might read t...

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How to read Scripture Like A Lutheran And Not Like A Fundamentalist: Part 2

Disclaimer as of June 19, 2017. While I stand by what I have written below, based on my continuing studies, I would have said some things differently. I would have added a few things, subtracted a few, and put more or less emphasis on others. Your comments are welcome. Rev. Dean Kavouras, PastorChrist Lutheran ChurchCleveland, OhioJune 8, 2016 How To Read Scripture Like ...

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Blessed Art Thou Among Women

What about the Blessed Virgin Mary? Why ask? For two reasons. Firstly, because there is a breed of activist Roman Catholic (RC) that delights in imposing its Marian faith on others; and scorning all who don't agree with a triumphalism that is unbecoming. Secondly, because Lutherans need to re-think the importance of the Blessed Virgin. Indeed, all generations must ...

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Viva La Reforme!

In some ways the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation doesn't excite me much. Why would a Lutheran pastor say such a thing? Because the Reformation didn't change Rome a bit (except to harden her - and now she's whackier than ever). Also because it spawned the greatest balkanization of the church in Christian history via the Radical Reformation; thus the countless...

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Trinity Sunday - The Athanasian Creed

On Trinity Sunday many Lutheran churches confess their faith in the language of the Athanasian Creed as it is found on page 53 of TLH. The Athanasian Creed was named after St. Athanasius one of the church's most important teachers; and defenders of the Trinitarian faith. The Athanasian Creed is an official confession of the Lutheran Church. This Creed was established over...

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The Offertory Hymn

Fellow Worshipers of the Father in Spirit and Truth, (John 4:24) May the Spirit of Truth, poured out on Pentecost, be your Counselor, Helper and Comforter in the face of all sin and sorrow. By his coming he has renewed the face of the earth, beginning in his chosen and promised Land, the church. Herein is found the remission of sins, life and eternal salvation. Beginning...

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