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Salvation Is Always About Today

     Most Lutherans will focus on the Reformation this Sunday and that’s nice. I hope they talk about salvation as a present day reality instead of telling people they how much better off they will be when they are dead. … Continue reading

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Moving Away from the Revised Common Lectionary

  I want to thank those of you who have been reading my blog over the last five or six years. I’ve learned a lot by researching the revised common lectionary topics and I hope I’ve given you reason to … Continue reading

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Half Full of Water or Wine?

John 2:1-11         John wrote that Jesus changed water to wine. It’s a great miracle story that in the past I explained revealed Jesus’ power over the natural world. But Martin Luther helped me start to interpret this in a … Continue reading

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The Logos Became Flesh

John 1:14    Many words in the Bible have taken on individual (theological) meanings and thus, have lost the depth and multiplicity of meanings they were meant to convey. I think that’s why Martin Luther called the Scriptures a “dead … Continue reading

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The End of the World is a Good Day

Mark 13:1-8                    The end of the world is coming. Even though it’s a difficult process to go through, it’s a good thing. Except it will be a different kind of end than what most of us were taught. The … Continue reading

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Gay Marriage – Love is the Narrow Gate

Matt. 7:13-14      Gay marriage is a holy exception to the biblical generalization of the union of two people. Exceptions to the Law are found by entering the narrow gates of love. Jesus said there are few who enter by way of … Continue reading

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Prophecy versus Tradition

     Jesus said, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his friends and his own family.” He couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal … Continue reading

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Baptized with the Holy Goose

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15       Pentecost has always been a bit of a mystery for me. I think it’s one of the hardest events following the resurrection of Jesus to understand: the giving – or baptism – of the Holy Spirit. … Continue reading

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Your Authority to Choose

  Mark 1:21-28      At one point in history, Aristotle was regarded as the greatest thinker of all time. For almost two thousand years, people believed Aristotle was right when he said that the heavier an object was, the faster … Continue reading

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Christ Comes Every Day

Mark 13:24-37      I like the way Leonard Sweet began a sermon on this Advent text. “Salmon do it. Hummingbirds do it. Butterflies do it. Turtles do it. All these creatures, and many more: they all . . . go … Continue reading

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