Posts with the tag “pastor-andrew”
by Dana Speth on April 22nd, 2020
As a Christian, there are views about humanity that can really rile me up. Here is an example: The view that humanity can do whatever it wants with this world is wrong. This is the Jurassic Park question. Just because humanity can make dinosaurs, doesn’t mean we should.
Pictures Lack a Thousand Gatherings
by Dana Speth on March 26th, 2020
I took the above picture on my iPhone back on December 24th, 2018. It was Christmas Eve and I was out at St. John’s in Sigel just about to preach their Christmas Eve service. The sky was magnificent. A Brilliant orange that faded to a deep royal blue and the further back behind the photo you see above was nearly black. The nearly cloudless sky allowed for the several pin pricks of light from th...
Suffering Makes You Look Like Jesus
by Dana Speth on March 1st, 2020
“Count it a joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4That is hard. I do not count it a joy when I meet trials of various kinds. Temptations that plague the flesh. Sickness and ailments that rob how I funct...
Who Are You?
by Dana Speth on February 9th, 2020
“My son, do not forget my teaching...” Proverbs 3:1As a Pastor, I get to witness things that speak to the core of our faith in Christ. Many of these moments give sudden clarity to our task as Christians and to the work that Jesus Christ has for us.These moments also go unseen and unrecorded to all except God and those present. However, I wish many of you could witness these moments. They are hu...
Love is as Strong as Death
by Dana Speth on January 19th, 2020
“Love is as strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord. May waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised.” -Song of Songs 8:6-7What could be better as we approach Valentine’s Day than to talk about love? Especially since we have been...
by Dana Speth on January 12th, 2020
One of the hardest things in life is not being able to communicate with someone. If you have ever been around someone following a stroke, you know what I mean. There is nothing more frustrating for the person than having to play 20 questions with them or to ask them to repeat themselves for the 3rd time. My grandfather had his larynx removed due to cancer, and the pain on his face said it all when, more often than not, he became an observer rather than a participant in a discussion. He loved to talk and now it was taken away.
Knowing Worship - Sermons
by Dana Speth on January 7th, 2020
Why do Pastors preach? Have you ever asked that question? Preaching is a very odd thing. In fact, it carries a negative connotation in our day. “Don’t preach to me!” is the phrase in vogue. “Acta Non Verba” (Action not Words) goes the Latin phrase. Therefore, a pastor preaching will not find much reward or congrats in preaching. But honestly, that is okay. Pastors don’t preach to have the world smile and adore them.
4th Principle of Interpretation
by Dana Speth 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.
3rd Principle of Interpretation
by Dana Speth 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.
2nd Principle of Interpretation
by Dana Speth 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.
Principles of Interpretation
by Dana Speth on September 8th, 2019
We are told in Luke 10:26, the Parable of the Good Samaritan, that a lawyer (someone who was well versed in the Old Testament laws and rituals) stands up to ask Jesus this question. Christ’s response instead asks a question that we also must answer. “How do you read it?”