Author Archives: exegete77

About exegete77

disciple of Jesus Christ, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, teacher, and theologian

Time—for nothing and yet for much

It’s been a while since I last blogged. I have had many thoughts and ideas. But I haven’t been able to type. July 20, 2017: A fall on concrete caused me to break two bones in my left shoulder. The … Continue reading

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More on Fire

Fire has been part of my life from my earliest memories. Our house burned (kitchen area) in 1952. I was three and caught in the kitchen‚ still have a snapshot memory of that. My father rushed in to rescue me. In … Continue reading

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June 30 — not on the calendar

There are special days on the calendar that carry much meaning and joy: birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, moving days, etc. We may likely mark them on the calendar, as if we could forget them. They help define us and shape us. … Continue reading

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The unthinkable becomes reality

Romans 5:6-15 is the epistle reading for the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost (June 18, 2017). The pervasive reality of sin had always been an obstacle for humans relative to God. No amount of work or effort or wishful thinking could remove … Continue reading

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Depression is Not Due to a Lack of Faith

Originally posted by Pastor Benjamin Meyer, reposted with his permission. August 14, 2014 There are a lot of false teachers in this world and there always have been. One false teaching that Christians have always had to battle is the … Continue reading

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Church—some thoughts about it

Lately I have been thinking a lot about “church” —what it is, what it is not, how it functions. There are two approaches that have garnered a lot of attention. As I describe these, at this stage I am observing, … Continue reading

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Church: The Good, Bad, and Beautiful

Church is an amazing thing—created by Jesus, yet made up of sinful humans. It’s easy to overlook the essence of Church, especially when things aren’t “working” like we want it to. So, let’s step back for a few minutes and … Continue reading

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