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The Power of Words and the Nature of Sin

By Kevin DeYoung. This article is from his Gospel Coalition blog To be a Christian is to be a person who cares about words. We care about definitions and implications. Our aim is not to be contentious or obstreperous. Our … Continue reading

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Masaaki Suzuki on Bach

News Flash: J. S. Bach was a Christian – Why Suzuki Gets Bach From Cyberbrethren by Rev. Paul T. McCain One of the world’s premier interpreters and conductors of Bach music is the Japanese musician Masaaki Suzuki. And he gets … Continue reading

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A Simple Way to Pray

Source: Lutheran Witness  By Rev. Matthew Harrison After about a year and a half in this position, I’ve discovered that, if nothing else, being Synod president does tend to improve one’s prayer life. A prayer Luther often prayed at night … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Marriage

Source: Lutheran Witness by Rev. Matthew Wietfeldt A recent study by the National Center of Health Statistics shows that the number of unmarried, cohabiting couples having children has quadrupled since the 1970s. Should this surprise the Christian? Absolutely not. Why? Sin. … Continue reading

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Japan Quake Map

Quake visualization begins at the 41 second mark. Watch through 3/11.   With the recent earthquake, there has been much talk about how to help the people especially affected, especially in a material sense but also an emotional sense. Here … Continue reading

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What is Gnosticism?

A major heresy addressed in the New Testament is called gnosticism, which referes to a “knowlege” that is supposed to save. Gnosticism teaches that creation was a mistake, and that the God of the Bible is ignorant and arrogant. He … Continue reading

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Forgiveness and Mercy from Luther’s Catechisms

In the explanation of Luther’s Small Catechism, one of the questions is: “What does it show when we forgive others? “ The answer given is: “It shows that we truly believe that God has forgiven us.” This comes from the … Continue reading

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