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creeds, heresy, bowling, and you

an illustration of the rightful place of creeds and confessions in the Church

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Yesterday at church a friend showed me the illustration below which highlights the rightful place of our Christian creeds and confessions, not as writings to supplant or supersede Scripture but as faithful witnesses to what the Church has believed, taught, and confessed in all places throughout the ages. One of the misunderstandings . . .

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Posted in: theology

July 29, 2019

on rocky ground, thorns, and good soil

lection reflection for 22 July 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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Today's Gospel reading comes from the 4th chapter of Mark, the familiar Parable of the Sower. In fact, for many of us, this parable is so familiar that it is hard for us to read it attentively and afresh because we have heard it so many times! As I have written and taught elsewhere, we are so familiar with this parable and so aware . . .

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Posted in: reflections

July 22, 2019

"A Few Thoughts on the Lord's Prayer"

a meditation

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Note: This appears as today's reading from the saints in For All the Saints. It is an Anonymous meditation on the Lord's Prayer and one worthy of our reflection and consideration.

I cannot pray, Our, if my faith has no room for others and their need.

I cannot pray, Father, if I do not demonstrate this . . .

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Posted in: prayer

July 18, 2019

the best Greek New Testament

and a survey of Reader's Greek New Testaments

Searching online for the "best Greek New Testament" is kind of a silly exercise. There are essentially four editions of the Greek NT readily available for students and pastors--the Nestle Aland/United Bible Societies ("NA/UBS") edition (two editions with the same text but different apparatuses), the Byzantine/Majority Text . . .

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July 03, 2019

in praise of Reader's Greek New Testaments

or why getting a Reader's Greek New Testament is a MUST

People are vain, and pastors are no exception.

I still remember in seminary the large group of guys who insisted upon only carrying blue Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament, even though they were way more expensive at the time than the identical red UBS version, simply because Nestle-Aland with its extensive textual notes was (and . . .

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Posted in: greektheology

July 02, 2019

praying for our leaders

lection reflection for 18 June 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

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Today's New Testament reading (1 Tim 1.18-2.8) made me chuckle a bit in light of the recent clamor about Franklin Graham's call for a day of prayer for President Trump. Given his outspoken support of Republican presidents and consistent criticism of Democratic presidents, it's easy to see Graham's call as . . .

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Posted in: reflections

June 18, 2019

Trinity Sunday

a long creed confessing the once-delivered faith

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This Sunday marks Trinity Sunday, the day in the church year specifically set aside to focus on the incomprehensible reality that marks the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--one God in three persons. Traditionally, as part of corporate worship on this Sunday, congregations recite the Athanasian Creed, a 6th or 7th century creed that . . .

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Posted in: theologyworship

June 16, 2019