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Month: July 2017

The Wedding Feast

I remember the long walk up a hill to a church in the mountains and attending a wedding in Africa.  This was the spot where the reception would be held.  The silhouette of this women intrigues me every time I see it.  She is waiting to wait.  She is preparing to prepare and serve.  She is there to do whatever the Bride and the Groom need to have done.  Is she happy, jealous, nervous?  Can’t tell.  All we know is that she is there at service. Jesus came to serve and wait on us.  He gave himself for us that we can serve as well.  Our friends in Africa are working and serving one another out of love for Christ.  We as their partners continue to work with them and pray for them as they do for us. Share this on:...

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The Thankful Heart

Luther says – The Gospel is nothing but pure mercy. For he forgives you the debt, not because of your works and merit, but because he pities your cries, complaints and humiliation. This means that God has regard for an humble heart, as the Prophet David says in Psalm 51, 19: “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart, 0 God, thou wilt not despise.” Such a heart, he says, is broken and cast down and cannot help itself, and is glad when God gives it a helping hand; this is the best Sacrifice before God, and the true way to heaven. Share this on:...

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J.S. Bach Commemoration

Over the cliff from the Wartburg Castle where Luther translated the Scriptures into German is the town of Eisenach.  There you can find the Bach house and hear glorious music that he created.  I was in Germany for a Bach festival and was amazed to see the crowds who came to celebrate his music and his life.  Young people from China and Japan were especially involved and it was clear that Bach’s music is timeless and still moves people. He is considered a Lutheran Theologian.  Another theologian, David Scaer is obviously a fan.  He wrote, “With the Reformation attention to hymn singing, towns and princes soon supported their own organists, music directors known as Kantors, and choirs for their churches, courts, and special occasions like marriages and funerals. From the mid-1500s up through much of the 1700s rivulets flowed from small towns and courts into brooks, and brooks merged into streams and rivers, and the rivers flowed into an ocean, which ocean was a Bach, the German word for “brook.” Johann Sebastian Bach, however, was an ocean in whose music we are drowned in God’s own majesty”. David Scaer, “Johann Sebastian Bach as Lutheran Theologian”, CTQ July/October 2004. Bach died on this day in 1750. Share this on:...

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Inclusive and Exclusive Gospel.

(We have to continue to witness to) the fact that God’s grace is as wide and as inclusive as man’s need, that the kingdom of heaven is given to the poor, to the beggars who bring nothing but their need to God, the fact that the Christ of God has come to call sinners and not the righteous to repentance, that the Son of God is revealed by the Father to the simple and not to the wise, that the grace of God comes to man in spontaneous, universal fullness; and, as the obverse of this, there is the brusque exclusiveness of the Gospel over against all earthly-human claims, conditions, and magnitudes, the fact that the grace of God which will refuse no petition will annihilate every demand of man; the fact that those who will not justify God and bow before Him when He calls their sin sin and offers them salvation on terms of forgiveness purely are setting aside the counsel of God for themselves. Martin Franzmann   Share this on:...

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The Politically Correct Luther

Luther, Lectures on Galatians ( 1535 ), 295 –96 : “Whoever falls from the doctrine of justification is ignorant of God and is an idolater. Therefore it is all the same whether he then returns to the Law or to the worship of idols; it is all the same whether he is called a monk or a Turk or a Jew or an Anabaptist.” Share this on:...

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