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Justin Long-Lived

That wasn’t his nom de guerre. Martyr was. There was a reason for that. He was an apologist not a satirist. About the same time Justin Martyr was making a defense for the Christian faith Juvenal was satirizing the Roman … Continue reading

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2,000, .32 cents, and More

“Seven Pounds” was the name of a 2008 movie about a man who didn’t want to live anymore and wanted his heart to go to person needing it.  Figures can do more than inform they can crystallize.  When I saw … Continue reading

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Closed versus Close

I recently listened to an excellent presentation by a brother in the ministry on this topic.  He gave it to his circuit.  He went over the history of these two words and how they jumped from the Baptist to the … Continue reading

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Fiel pero desdichado

That’s the Churchill family motto since 1661.  It’s not Latin but Spanish, and nobody knows why. It expresses how I have frequently thought about my relationship to the LCMS.

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Battle Fatigue, Old Sergeant’s Syndrome, and Grace

You can’t miss that St. Paul likens ministering to soldiering.  In reference to paying pastors, he says in 1 Corinthians 9:7, “Who serves as a soldier at his own expense?”  In Philippians 2:25 he calls Epaphroditus “my brother, fellow worker … Continue reading

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The Piety of the People

While St. Kurt (Marquart) lay dying from ALS, a Reverend David Petersen collected stories of the good saint to present to him before he entered Paradise rather than to each other after he had.  That was a good idea.  One … Continue reading

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Talking Peace While Bomb Dropping

On August 8, 1945 the United States became the first nation to sign the United Nations Charter in hopes for continued peace after World War II.  The next day the United States dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki (This … Continue reading

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Is or Isn’t it Enough?

Thirty years ago a Texas District official said in the District newsletter that some Ivory Tower theologians believe all that you have to do is preach the Gospel purely and administer the sacraments rightly and the church will grow. He … Continue reading

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Emptiness in Preparation for the Empty Tomb

“The beautiful Easter Story itself with its message of victory over death is the best Easter sermon.  It needs no clever introduction to stimulate the once a year churchgoers.  Why should we pattern a sermon with those in mind who … Continue reading

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A War of Words

Do you consciously say “chairwoman” or “spokeswoman?”  How about making sure you refer to him or her and always having to follow up with he and she?  You could resort to what Anthony Burgess does in his book 1985. He … Continue reading

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