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Interpretation Of 2 Corinthians 4:5-12

This reading is the epistle lesson for the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost (series B). The translation from the Greek is my own. An Interpretation Of 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 CONTEXT The Corinthian congregation Paul addresses in this letter has drifted away from the reservation. It now rejects Paul and his fellows who are the Lord's true apostles, and lends its itching ears to a...

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Breaking The Bad News

Dear Friends and Fellow Pastors in the Ohio District, Someone needs to break to bad news that social work, is not mission work. For the last 50 years we have expended copious amounts of blood, sweat and tears hoping that basketball nights, and food banks, would lead people to baptism. But they haven't. Indeed the opposite happened.Nor have we done any better with more di...

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A Proposal For Formal Mission Work

Can the church do formal mission work today? Yes. Three elements are needed which only God can provide: opportunity, qualified missionaries; needed resources. Opportunity abounds and people are easily reachable by a missionary in all urban areas. I estimate that there are over 500 residences within one mile of my parish, Christ Lutheran Church, which is on the far west ...

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The Fear Of Institutional Death

What do faithful Christians fear more than anything? The death of the church. But our Lord says, "Fear not little flock for it is the Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom." (Luke 12:32) And David says, "Be still and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10) Try as we might (and the LCMS has tried mightily in the last 50 years) we cannot manufacture church members, or...

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If Your Sin Oppresses You And Weighs You Down

THE PRODIGAL SURROUNDED BY THE SWINE OF SIN AND DEATH. THE FATHER, OUR GRACIOUS HEAVENLY FATHER, RUNNING OUT TO MEET YOU, HIS RETURNING SON. If your sin oppresses you and weighs you down, then hear the parable of the Prodigal Son. (Luke 15:1-32) You are the prodigal son, at all times ripe with sin and death from which you can in no way free yourself. Every day you...

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A Retake On Acts 1:12-26

Acts 1:12-26 Whenever possible it behooves Lutherans to take the liturgico-sacramental route of biblical interpretation. I suggest it be done along these lines. The Mt. of Olives is not just a geographical location, but is highly significant in the New Testament. Better to call it Olive Mountain. That helps us think about the place and how it got its name. For olives. Wh...

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More On My Vision For The Ohio District

Beloved in Christ, In the event that I should be elected as President of the Ohio District there are some things I would work to change. Above all that our pastors and congregations should re-discover what their respective work is. The pastor's work is to lead the baptized in worship. That is his "job description." When you see the pastor in the chancel giving voice to G...

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Religious Terminology 101: Pietism

Religious Terminology 101:Pietism Pietism is the notion that the Christian faith is practiced primarily on an individual basis, rather than by the gathering of the baptized for holy worship. Those who practice pietism often feel obligated to wear their religion on their sleeve, and to make it known to whomever will listen. That is their primary form of worship, but it is...

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Pastor's Report To Voters Assembly May 2018

Pastor's ReportVoters MeetingChrist Lutheran ChurchMay 20, 2018 Beloved in Christ, Christ Lutheran Church is the continued beneficiary of God's richest blessings. I pray we can appreciate what we have, and give God all glory, laud and honor in return, both in our formal worship and in lives wholly dedicated to him and his glory. Before I give my report I'd like to take ...

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The Topic Of The Hour

Lutherans everywhere are asking the same question: what can we do to make the church grow? How do we fill the pews? Why are less and less people coming? In the wake of the question, solutions are often proposed. Should we advertise, start a social program, gather youngsters to play basketball, have an after school tutoring program, knock on doors, or try to get our delinqu...

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