Category Archives: Church

On This Independence Day God Knows I Love My Country

Consider the new song of praise sung to Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from … Continue reading

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Some reflections and memories on this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

“It is rather the task of Christian preaching to say: here is the church, where Jew and German stand together under the Word of God; here is the proof whether a church is still the church or not.” The above … Continue reading

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Christians Only

“Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’ And Jesus answered him,…‘And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of God, Part Two, Living in the Kingdom

In Sand and Foam the Lebanese poet and philosopher Kahlil Gibran wrote, “Should you sit upon a cloud you would not see the boundary line between one country and another, nor the boundary stone between a farm and a farm. … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of God, Part One

Kings and kingdoms is stuff of books, movies, fairy tales, history, and foreign lands. The reality and experience in the United States is that of presidents and elections in a republic. The reality and experience of ancient Israel and the … Continue reading

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The Body of Christ, Part Two

With the metaphor of the human body the apostle Paul paints a picture of the church as the body of Christ. Like the human body there are many individual members, yet one body, united in Christ Jesus. The Scriptures quoted … Continue reading

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The Body of Christ, Part One

“Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people, once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” (1 Peter 2:10). In Jesus Christ God gathers a people to be his very own. They … Continue reading

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A People for God

What is the significance, if any, God gives to the church? What role, if any, does the church have in God’s purpose of reconciling creation and humankind to himself in Christ (cf. Ephesians 1:10)? What role, if any, does God … Continue reading

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“I am the only one left.”

Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death … Continue reading

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The Unimmersed and Others

“For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:26-27). In the New Testament faith, confession, repentance, and baptism, are the response … Continue reading

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