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Luther on the Danger of Public Praise

In many liturgical Christian circles, the rites of Morning Prayer or Matins often begin with these words from Psalm 51:

O Lord, open my lips,

and my mouth will declare your praise.

As innocent as this invocation may sound, Luther suggests that there is quite a bit more to David's request than may first meet the eye. . . .

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November 18, 2008

Questions on the Economy and the Bailout

OK, I need help understanding the current state of the economy and how the proposed bailout will help make things better.  Once again I freely admit to being an engineer and a theologian, not a politician nor an economist...with that in mind, I have been mulling over the following thoughts and am looking for an education.  Here . . .

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November 18, 2008

Walther on the Crucifixion

The crucifixion, which ended with the triumphant cry, "It is finished" (John 19.30), was the offering of the all-sufficient sacrifice for the atonement of all sinners.  The Man on the cross was the Lamb of God, who bears the sins of the world to carry them away from the face of God.  The salvation of the whole world . . .

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November 17, 2008

Our New Space Program

When people ask what I'm involved in at NASA, I usually tell them, "the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, and Constellation."  The last answer usually draws a blank stare, as NASA (IMO) hasn't done a very good job publicizing or creating public interest in our next efforts in space--a return to the moon. . . .

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November 16, 2008

Go, Endeavour! Go! (STS-126)

At 6:55 pm (CST) last night the shuttle Endeavour lifted off from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and made a safe, flawless, and beautiful ascent to space. In about an hour, the Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas, gave Endeavour a ‘Go for orbital ops,’ meaning that all essential tasks to turn the shuttle from a rocket ship to a space . . .

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November 15, 2008

How Can I Find Peace With God?

"How are we made right in the sight of God?"  "How can I find peace with God?"  "How can I right the many wrongs I have done in my life?"  Left to answer these and similar questions from reason or some other faculty, man inevitably conjures up some sort of works, either to accomplish or from which . . .

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November 15, 2008

Luther on Christ's Victory

Peace is something for which we all strive, hope, and long.  A lack of peace from physical troubles, emotional troubles, and spiritual troubles is something that plagues each of us from time to time or season to season.  Jesus spoke of giving us peace--peace that was possible because of his victory over the world; victory that came . . .

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November 14, 2008

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