simply, Christian

trusting in ourselves when things go well

lection reflection for 28 May 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

Before crossing into the Promised Land, Moses prophetically warned the children of Israel (again!) not to think too highly of themselves or to trust in their own abilities and strength when things ended up going smoothly after decades wandering the desert. For then, as now, when times are tough, it is easy to turn to God in hope and trust, . . .

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May 28, 2019

on being led astray by idols

lection reflection for 23 May 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

For the worship of idols not to be names is the beginning and cause and end of every evil.

--Wisdom 14.27

In our contemporary world, idol worship is not something we consider very much. We are far too 'sophisticated' and modern for idolatry to be a threat to our faith. Or are we?

Luther reminds us . . .

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May 23, 2019

for the last time, church, it's cool to not be cool

lection reflection for 15 May 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

This is the last time I'm going to rant on this, I promise. At least for a while...

Hey, church, yeah you--American Evangelicalism--the ones trying to be relevant, hip, cool, trendy, and (most importantly) liked by everybody around you...give up.

It's cool to not be cool. I promise.

Let's face a few . . .

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May 15, 2019

church, don't seek the world's approval

lection reflection for 14 May 2019 / reading the bible daily with the church

Back from some wonderful time away on vacation and back to reading and writing. Today's readings pick up on the theme of the church being disliked, disdained, and hated by the world. In Luke's record of the Beatitudes, Jesus teaches, "Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you, insult you, and slander your name . . .

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May 14, 2019

"The hope which Christians have..."

from Blaise Pascal

The hope which Christians have of possessing an infinite good is mingled with real enjoyment as well as with fear; for it is not as with those who should hope for a kingdom, of which they, being subjects, would have nothing; but they hope for holiness, for freedom from injustice, and they have something of this.

--Blaise Pascal, . . .

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May 10, 2019

God's work in the sacraments

from Martin Luther

In the sacraments your God, Christ himself, deals, speaks, and works with you through the priest. His are not the works and words of man. In the sacraments God himself grants you all the blessings we just mentioned in connection with Christ. God wants the sacraments to be a sign and testimony that Christ’s life has taken your death, his . . .

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May 09, 2019

the Church's double life

from George Florovsky

[The Church] has, as it were, a double life, both in heaven and on earth.
The Church is a visible historical society, and the same is the Body of Christ. It is both the Church of the redeemed, and the Church of the miserable sinners—both at once. On the historical level no final goal has yet been attained. But the ultimate reality . . .

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May 08, 2019