How is human reason used in interpreting the...
Q: How is human reason used in interpreting the Holy Scriptures? A: A. Holy Scripture is given in human language. To determine what it says, we need to apply the rules of language, such as grammar and logic. It is right to use reason as a servant to the text, but the guidance of the Holy Spirit is essential for its proper understanding. B. Unlike all other books, Holy Scripture is God’s...
April 30: Judges 8, Psalm 109, Romans 14-15 →
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How do you understand the Bible?
Q: What is the key to the correct understanding of the Bible? A: Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, is the heart and center of Scripture and therefore the key to its true meaning. Luther’s Small Catechism, Explanation #4
Sometimes I forget the simple Lutheran rule of thumb about the Old Testament: It points to Jesus. It is, however, an important rule of thumb for interpreting what the Old Testament has to tell us. It is also something that is easy to forget. For instance, I’m reading the book of Judges right now. This book of the Old Testament could easily get away from the rule of thumb about...
April 29: Judges 6-7, Psalm 108, Romans 12-13 →
What does "Scripture" mean?
Q: Why do we call the Bible the “Holy Scriptures”? A: The Bible is “The Holy Scriptures” because God the Holy Spirit gave to His chosen writers the thoughts they expressed and the words that they wrote (verbal inspiration). Therefore, the Bible is God’s own Word and truth, without error (inerrancy). Luther’s Small Catechism, Explanation #3
April 28: Judges 4-5, Psalm 107:23-43, Romans 9-11 →
Life AND salvation
It is very interesting to me that when the Small Catechism defines what “Christianity” really is, that it defines it with two nouns: + Life + Salvation I think many of us at least think that we understand the “salvation” term. After all, when you become a Christian, you “get saved”. See? It’s already in the past tense. Christian pastor Erwin...
Where is God's truth about Jesus made known?
Q: Where is God’s truth about our Savior Jesus Christ made known? A: The truth is made known in the Bible: the Old Testament, which promises the coming Savior, and the New Testament, which tells of the Savior who has come. Luther’s Small Catechism, Explanation #2
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April 27: Judges 2-3, Psalm 107:1-22, Romans 8 →
Book Opening: Exponential by Dave Ferguson and Jon...
Who doesn’t love a free book? As a bonus for attending the Exponential 10 (exponentialconference.org) Conference this past week I got a freebie, a pre-release copy of the book “Exponential” by Dave and Jon Ferguson. It’s a church book and it has been a while since I’ve read a church book, so this is bumping down Seth Godin’s “Lynchpin” on my...
Book Closing: What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell
I just closed “What the Dog Saw and other adventures” by Malcolm Gladwell. I have been a fan of Gladwell’s books ever since reading the Tipping Point. The stories are interesting, and the conclusions drawn are often enough to give you some pause to think about the larger issue that is being alluded to. For instance, a story about banning the canine breed of pitbull is not so...
What is Christianity?
Q: What is Christianity? A: Christianity is the life and salvation God has given in and through Jesus Christ. Luther’s Small Catechism - Explanation #1
April 26: Judges 1, Psalm 106:24-48, Romans 7 →
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In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes...– Robert Frost, American Poet
April 25: Joshua 23-24, Psalm 106:1-23, Romans 5-6 →
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April 24: Joshua 21-22, Psalm 105:26-45, Romans... →
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I’m looking for a challenge. Actually, I’m looking for a way to make challenges a regular part of your life (and mine too). It all started with this line: “Most successful people get up early. Anyone can do anything for 7 days. You can get up an hour earlier for 7 days and see if it’s worth doing again.” Ok. But what about after 7 days? And what do I do...
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April 23: Joshua 19-20, Psalm 105:1-25, Romans 2 →
April 22: Joshua 16-18, Psalm 104, Romans 1 →
April 21: Joshua 14-15, Psalm 103, Acts 28 →
April 20: Joshua 12-13, Psalm 102, Acts 27 →
Does God ever use extreme force? Scripture:...
April 19: Joshua 10-11, Psalm 101, Acts 26 →