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    The Gottesdienst or liturgy

    A friend of mine, a theology prof, has said throughout the years that Gottesdienst doesn't translate well into English. One common English translation is Divine Service. The point is that it intends to reflect what God works in the service. That is the primary aspect of the service rather...
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    NTD broadcasting largely in English

    Good new for people who watch broadcast tv--NTD, at least in LA, is now largely broadcasting English. If you're tired of the anti-Christian propagandist news you get from the state and media collaboration then you may like NTD. The other thing worth noting is that although it is not a Christian...
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    Pirate Christian Radio

    I guess this site has been going for a while but it is new to me. It has an intersting weekly schedule of various contributors and podacasts. I'm posting this now because today they played a good sermon by Pastor Cwirla on Luke 2, finding the young Jesus in the temple. A favorite line is...
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    He is risen! = Universal Justification

    The set is the sin of the world. John 1:29 "The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" -ENGEMT A subset is the sin of Christians. Romans 4:25 "who was delivered up for our transgressions, and was raised for our...
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    Gen 4:1 and Luther Vs Expositors

    Exposition - an explanation Apposition - a word or phrase set next to another that explains or clarifies the first, for example, "My doctor, Joe Feelgood, prescribed ..." Joe Feelgood clarifies my doctor Reading Genesis 4:1 with an appositive has Eve saying something like, I have begotten the...
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    Hb 11:1, B16, Plato, and Extra Nos

    And more in a single podcast. Faith is a sure trust of things hoped for, not doubting what isn't seen. - Hebrews 11:1, paraphrase of Luther's translation. Benedict XVI used the Vulgate translation to demonstrate a Platonic interpretation of Hb 11:1 and claim that a presumptive Luther...
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    Scripture, the norming norm.

    In a discussion of the ECF in this forum the topic came up of what Luther's Scripture alone means in practice. Although what we believe in this regard is an open book it doesn't stop some from imaginig their own idea of our practice or our possible practice. The following is based on the...
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    Rituals In Preaching?

    Was my thought when I saw a segment at Issues Etc titled Preaching Rituals. There are several ways to understand that so I listened to the segment. It was good as it addressed some rituals in preaching and rituals that preach Christ. I think it is worth a listen...
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    Baptism is necessarily Gospel

    Mark 16:15-16 The command to preach the gospel is immediately followed by whoever believes and is baptized will be saved. As there is no relative pronoun in search of an antecedent believe and baptize [into Christ] go together as a necessary part of the gospel. In other words, it doesn't say...
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