the economics of Christ (link)

justifiedandsinner has some remarkable thoughts on luxury, simplicity, and our idols to ring in the new year. They are hard words to read but ones we must nonetheless take to…

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to the lowly, not the exalted

Where reason is indignant, where our nature rebels, where our piety anxiously keeps us away: that is precisely where God loves to be. There he confounds the reason of the…

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A Church of Mercy

(cross-posted from simplyxian.com) Protestants, especially conservatives and/or Evangelicals, are often hesitant to champion social causes or acts of mercy...typically equating them with the 'social gospel' of the…

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What Happens in Worship

Lutheran worship is primarily the proclamation of the gospel in Word and sacrament. As we gather together for worship, God speaks to us in his Word. Through the preaching of…

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"Scripture Does Not Speak of Christ" by Pr. Peters

Our understanding of the Word of God (especially with respect to its reading as part of liturgy, public worship, and private devotion)  is absolutely paramount to our theology of worship,…

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The Beautiful Cross

The crucifixion, which ended with the triumphant cry, "It is finished" (Jn 19.30), was the offering of the all-sufficient sacrifice for the atonement of all sinners.  The Man on…

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Walther on the Prosperity Gospel

Sadly, much of American Christianity is infatuated with the notion that, once I become a Christian, then God will order everything in my life such that I will be showered…

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Bonhoeffer on Church Growth

I'm no expert on the theology of the Church Growth Movement (or whatever clever moniker it goes by these days), but I can't help but be disappointed at the continual…

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Justification in the NLT--A Final Look

Over the past few months, I've been musing here and there about the way the NLT presents the doctrine of justification, especially in the Pauline epistles.  To be precise, I…

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