Category Archives: Biblical studies

thoughts about books and topics of the Bible

Reading Luther

As we enter this 500th year celebration of the Reformation, the danger is that we might read about Martin Luther. However, how refreshing it might be to read what Luther actually wrote. Obviously Luther wrote more than most of us … Continue reading

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Sermon 09/24/2017

Isaiah 55:6-11 CSB 6 Seek the LORD while he may be found; Seek the LORD while he may be found; call to him while he is near. 7  Let the wicked one abandon his way and the sinful one his … Continue reading

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Words to ponder and reflect on

Isaiah 55:6-9 GW

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Sermon: Matthew 18:15-20

Preached Sep. 10, 2017 Forgiveness in the Church and for the Church   Matthew 18:15-20 CSB 15 “If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16 … Continue reading

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Sermon Matthew 16:21-28

Sermon preached on September 3, 2017 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8XYDMInOhQENjN6VHZfVFcxY1U/view Matthew 16:21-28 (NAS) 21 From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be … 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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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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