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Shout It From The Rooftops

Shout It From The Rooftops

Matthew 10: 26-31 Have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body […]

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Lesson 4: Come and See

Lesson 4: Come and See

Throughout his book, John proclaims the Gospel is a love story that features the Word, a rational or spiritual principle, becoming human in order to woo his people. What was once an intellectual concept is now a human life. That means we come to God not through a mental process, but a personal experience. Jesus […]

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Lesson 3: Cause of Suffering

Lesson 3: Cause of Suffering

After writing, “Suffering is inevitable for all, but some suffer more, and some feel the pains of life more deeply than others, or so it often appears,” Concordia asked, “Is there a point or purpose to any kind of suffering? Does suffering build character?” The answer to those questions is essential for understanding our way […]

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Lesson 29: How Does God Operate Through Words? Part 3

Lesson 29: How Does God Operate Through Words? Part 3

Two weeks ago I suggested present day false prophets are either liars or bull-shitters. Bob added a third category- the truly stupid. Last week Myron agreed that “an informed consumer” is our best hope in overcoming these “wolves in sheep’s clothing” and “money-grubbing televangelist charlatans”. Obviously, the three of us do not like false prophets. […]

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Lesson 11:  Hope 2

Lesson 11: Hope 2

Bob’s comment makes a wonderful summary: “The nexus between faith, love, and hope is exemplified by the phrase “what we will be has not yet been revealed.” It is not fully spelled out, but our faith assures us that we will be what God wants us to be, and since he is a loving God, […]

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Lesson 9: Faith Active in Love: A Busy Highway  (Galatians 5, 6)

Lesson 9: Faith Active in Love: A Busy Highway (Galatians 5, 6)

It is important to keep reminding ourselves not to expect a systematic theology from Paul. He just does not offer that kind of consistency. Instead we find him applying his gospel rather flexibly to the situation of his churches. In Galatians’ first four chapters Paul speaks of the Cross as an act of love by which God […]

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Lesson 2:  From Jerusalem to Rome

Lesson 2: From Jerusalem to Rome

So far we are just setting the stage for Paul, reminding ourselves what the church was like before him. This gives us some time to register and make some initial comments as we adjust to the technology of an online course. Once we get to his letters, the ideas fly, and the real blogging should […]

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