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Why You Should Remain Lutheran – It’s All About Conscience – Pr. William Weedon

February 15, 2014 Leave a comment

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Categories: Catechesis

Capturing Our Comprehension – Dr Scott Murray

February 12, 2014 Leave a comment

Capturing Our Comprehension – Dr. Scott Murray

Wednesday of Epiphany 5
12 February 2014

The gospel sometimes just flies by us. We have heard many of the great gospel biblical texts repeatedly read in services of the church and we study them again and again in Bible classes. They become like elevator music to us, simply sounds in the background, which are ignored; listened to, but never heard. Our familiarity with them breeds contempt. If the Christian does know any Bible passages from memory, he can recite at least Jn 3:16, the so-called “gospel in a nutshell.” It trips off his tongue as easily as his own name. But the surprising depth of its meaning seldom reaches the depths of our being. It’s all too familiar, too obvious, too well known. We look upon this gospel gem as Luther says, like a cow looks at a new barn door; that is, without understanding.

Jesus places in the words of Jn 3:16 a clash of opposites. He speaks of God’s love and then tells us to whom that love is directed: the world. A world that neither knows nor understands the love of God as Jesus expresses it here. There is another kind of uncomprehension rampant in the world. Not only do we feel too familiar with these words, but our sinful human flesh rebels against the impossibility which they place in front of us. Even if we fully understand what these words mean, we may well descend into unbelief; pointing out that there is nothing lovable about the world that should drive Jesus to offer Himself for the world’s sins. What love have the loveless shown that they might lovely be? Yet there stands in a single phrase a clash of worlds: “God so loved… the world.” God’s love meets man’s unbelief. Why does He seemingly waste Himself this way, and for us? Why is He willing to offer the price to which He has already referred; that the Son of Man should be lifted up? See the urgency of the Father that the Son should be offered for slaves. We heap contempt upon these words because they seem unreasonable, indeed impossible.

Only if this Beloved of the Father will suffer and die for the slaves would they ever be redeemed from sin and death. Only if the Father abandons His Beloved One will those who have abandoned Him be counted among those who are loved. This beloved One is the only One who can carry out this plan and will of His Father to save a world full of poor wretches. He alone has the power of life and will not be abandoned to the grave, nor will He abandon us either. This is a Word of God to capture our comprehension.

Categories: Right Worship

In Your Anger, Do Not Nephilim – Jonathan Fisk

February 11, 2014 Leave a comment
Categories: Catechesis, Right Worship