Author Archives: exegete77

About exegete77

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

One more phone call

Two or three times a week, I still reach for my phone to call. And yet, cannot. The gulf is to great. And I grieve. My mother, Phyllis, died one year ago today. My wife and I had spoken to … Continue reading

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Resources for Eschatology and Revelation

From time to time I get requests from pastors, students, and laity about good resources for preparing to study or teach Revelation and eschatology. Another request came in this week. Here is the list of resources I recommend. ========================== An … Continue reading

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Violence and Our World

The events of the past few weeks have raised violence, front and center. The sermon text on Sunday was Mark 6:14–29 (ESV). 14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some said, “John the Baptist has been … Continue reading

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Trinity Sunday

Sermon on the Trinity based on the Athanasian Creed, May 22, 2016 Trinity Sunday Athanasian Creed  

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Law-Gospel differences

C. F. W. Walther’s The Proper Distinction between Law and Gospel Thesis I. The doctrinal contents of the entire Holy Scriptures, both of the Old and the New Testament, are made up of two doctrines differing fundamentally from each other, viz., … Continue reading

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Walther’s Law-Gospel Theses

C. F. W. Walther spoke to seminary students on Friday evenings at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis beginning in September 1884. For the next year and a half, he provided practical instruction in the proper distinction of Law and Gospel. Now, … Continue reading

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Law or Gospel—How hard can that be?

Law: Tells us what to do and what not to do. In this use of the Law, it always threatens, accuses, condemns a person. Gospel: Tells us what God has done for us in Jesus, who took all the punishment … Continue reading

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