Category Archives: New Testament

Any study that refers to NT books, topics, people

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: 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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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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Not Chosen? — Chosen!

I am teaching Ephesians in ALTS this quarter, the third time I have done so. Instead of getting bored with it, I find that Paul’s letter is deeper than when I first read it 55 years ago, deeper than when … Continue reading

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