4th Principle of Interpretation
on December 8th, 2019
God speaks in two different ways. The Scriptures themselves call it Curses and Blessings. The Early Church called it the Law and the Promises. Lutherans have called it Law and Gospel. When reading the Bible, it is your job as the reader to always ask yourself: Is this Law or Gospel that God is speaking? This is no simple task, and it is easy to confuse them.
Advent: Looking Forward
on December 1st, 2019
Advent has a special meaning all its own, which gently draws us forward into the whole Christmas season. It is a time of preparation and expectation that keeps Christmas and the incarnation, the birth, of Jesus in view, but beyond that, Advent looks forward to the second coming of Jesus on the Last Day.
Wear Your Own Shoes
on November 24th, 2019
Recently I heard a touching story about a young man who battled strong feelings of insecurity. His father had pastored a growing church for many years. The young man learned a lot under his father’s leadership. He even enjoyed his own small successes as the congregation’s youth pastor.
3rd Principle of Interpretation
on November 17th, 2019
Have you ever run across a section of Scripture that seems very hard to understand? How can you gain understanding on something in the Bible that is not clear or needs more explanation? As we move onto the next Principle of Interpretation, we find out our answer: Scripture Interprets Scripture.
Musings at the Beginning of a Study of Studies on the Songs of Songs
on November 10th, 2019
Musings at the Beginning of a Study of Studies on the Songs of SongsUndertaking a new Bible Study on a book of the Bible that I haven’t led a Bible study on before is quite a task. What causes it to be so difficult?There are many reasons. First, there are radically divergent interpretational opinions and approaches even among confessional and conservative Lutheran pastors and scholars, going back ...
Dania and a Radio
on November 3rd, 2019
A few weeks ago our Sunday School children watched a powerful Operation Christmas Child video called, “Dania and a Radio.” We learned about a little girl, Dania, from the Middle East who was raised in a Christian home with very few material possessions. Here is how Dania described it:
2nd Principle of Interpretation
on October 27th, 2019
Here we are, back into how we can better read the Bible! The first Principle of Interpretation that I covered was: Context. The next Principle of Interpretation is a spin-off of context. The second Principle of Interpretation is this: Stick with the Plain Meaning of the Text, Unless Context says Otherwise. To shorten it, I will say: Plain and Simple.
How to Boil the Perfect Egg
on October 20th, 2019
During our Guatemala Mission Trip one topic of discussion was how to boil the perfect “boiled” egg. (Don’t worry, there will be more in-depth stories to come!) So, I did a little research when I got back and discovered the perfect way to do it, and it was backed by research no less. Here it is.
on October 13th, 2019
As hard as we try to be careful to protect our personal information, many experts believe that most of our Social Security Numbers have been compromised. I experienced this reality recently when my own identity was stolen.
1st Principle of Interpretation
on October 6th, 2019
I once read a story of a Calendar that had a Bible verse written on it each day. As you turned the Calendar, each day gave you a new, inspirational Bible verse. One day the Calendar had the following verse on it, “I will give you everything if you fall down and worship me.” Matthew 4:9 Sounds good right?
on September 30th, 2019
Birds are amazing creatures! Right now, some of my favorite birds, the warblers, are getting ready to head south for the winter. While many people do the same, the trip is much more difficult, to say the least, for tiny little birds who have to fly, some of them, from Canada to South America.
on September 19th, 2019
There is a powerful song by Casting Crowns that has been playing on Christian radio lately. It is called, “Only Jesus.” I love the words because they remind me of what should be most important in my life. Here are just a few of the lyrics: