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March 13 2018, 10AM

In our midweek services we have followed the places that Jesus went on His way to the cross. This week we go to the court of the High Priest. This was the highest religious authority for the Jews. Jesus has one more stop after this: court of Pilate, Roman... [CSB] [Matthew] [New Testament] [Tentatio] [Jesus before Sanhedrin] [Jesus falsely accused]

March 10, 8PM

14 [Jesus said] “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten So... [Biblical Studies] [EHV] [John] [New Testament]

11AM

Continuation of prayers for the survivors and conquerors of the abuse by Larry Nazzar. It’s easy for us to let slip the horror done and how that has affected so many including family members of those abused. These prayers can help us remember those who ... [Oratio] [Personal Reflection] [Tentatio] [Prayer] [sexual abuse] [survivors and conquerors]

February 27, 10PM

Unusual book for me to read. Yet, that was part of the appeal. If it is an accurate depiction of life in Istanbul in 1880s, then it opens the reader to a new understanding of relationships between British and other nationalities as well as Islam. It was a... [Book Reviews] [Historical novel] [mystery]

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Continuation of earlier this month. It’s easy for us to let slip the horror done and how that has affected so many. These prayers can help us remember those who endured and lived in light of the consequences of the actions of one man, the inactions of s... [Oratio] [Personal Reflection] [Tentatio] [Abuse] [sexual abuse] [survivors and conquerors]

February 21, 3PM

The Upper Room During our midweek Lenten services we will take a look at five places connected to Jesus’ death. Each place will expose us to the people involved in Jesus’ death. We will see people taking actions that reveal that they are not only wit... [Matthew] [Meditatio] [Ministry] [My church] [New Testament] [Oratio] [Lord’s Supper] [Upper Room]

February 16, 1PM

The first liturgical reading for the 1st Sunday in Lent is challenging in light of the events of this past week. In Genesis 12:1-3 and 15:1-6 God had given great promises to Abram [name changed to Abraham in Gen. 17] about having a son, even in advanced a... [Mark] [Romans] [1st Sunday in Lent] [comfort] [God’s love] [hope]

February 15, 9PM

I started almost three weeks ago a series of prayers for survivors of Nazzar’s  sexual assaults on hundreds of young girls and women. One prayer each day. It’s easy to be angry initially, but each of these girls and women and their families l... [Tentatio] [Abuse] [sexual abuse] [survivors and conquerors]

February 14, 10AM

Today we begin the Lenten journey to Jesus’ death on the cross and to His resurrection from the dead. Our Lenten journey takes us to the Places of the Passion: Feb. 21 The Upper room Feb. 28 Gethsemane Mar. 7 Court of the High Priest Mar. 14 Court of Po... [Biblical Studies] [Meditatio] [old testament] [Oratio] [Tentatio] [Worship/Liturgy] [Ash Wednesday] [ashes of Lent]

January 29, 8PM

This coming Sunday is the 5th Sunday after the Epiphany, according to the Three year series. Here is the Old Testament reading. These are just preliminary thoughts about how to approach the text. Isaiah speaks to a people who have become downcast, discour... [old testament] [hope in the Lord] [Isaiah 40] [strength vs. weakness]

January 19, 4PM

Unbroken: Used, beaten, but never broken. My story of survival and hope. Madeleine Black (2017). Rape is horrible, no matter how we describe it, no matter what words we choose—rape is still horrible. Madeleine Black in her book uses words, graphic words... [Mental Health] [Ministry] [Personal Reflection] [Tentatio] [rape] [rape survivor] [Trauma]

December 30 2017, 5PM

In tomorrow’s Gospel reading, Luke 2:22-35, we come across a startling statement. it had been revealed to him [Simeon] by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. (Luke 2:26) But that isn’t the startling poin... [Personal Reflection] [1st Sunday of Christmas] [confident faith] [Simeon]

3PM

22 When the days of her purification according to the Law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24 and to... [Luke] [New Testament]

December 28, 1PM

http://www.mediafire.com/file/h9nhk8slk4hmbkp/Sermon_20171224EVE.mp3   Christmas Eve sermon, Luke 1:26-38 (preached evening of Dec. 24, 2017) Lectionary Texts: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 Romans 16:25-27 Luke 1:26-38 Advertisements Filed under: Luke, Worship... [Luke] [Worship/Liturgy] [God made flesh] [Immaculate Conception] [incarnation]

December 18, 11AM

At this time of tragedy we come to Your throne of mercy: Gracious Lord, in the midst of tragedies, we often want answers on what happened. And yet the needs of surviviors and families of those who died is uppermost … Continue reading → [Oratio] [Prayer]

October 19, 11AM

As we enter this 500th year celebration of the Reformation, the danger is that we might read about Martin Luther. However, how refreshing it might be to read what Luther actually wrote. Obviously Luther wrote more than most of us … Continue reading ... [Biblical Studies] [Doctrine- Systematics] [John] [New Testament] [old testament] [Oratio] [Pastoral Formation] [500th Anniversary reading ideas] [reading Martin Luther]

October 2, 9AM

Our hearts grieve today in the face of a major tragedy when family and friends suffer so much. As Christians we turn our hearts toward God. O Lord, once again death has invaded our ordinary daily lives. Sin and evil … Continue reading → [Ministry] [Personal Reflection] [grieving national tragedy]

September 25, 12 PM

Isaiah 55:6-11 CSB 6 Seek the LORD while he may be found; Seek the LORD while he may be found; call to him while he is near. 7  Let the wicked one abandon his way and the sinful one his … Continue reading → [Ministry] [My church] [old testament] [God's invitation] [Isaiah 55:6-11] [Law and Gospel]

September 24, 8PM

Isaiah 55:6-9 GW Advertisements Filed under: GW, Old Testament, Personal Reflection [GW] [old testament] [Personal Reflection]

September 15, 9AM

Preached Sep. 10, 2017 Forgiveness in the Church and for the Church   Matthew 18:15-20 CSB 15 “If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16 … Continue reading → [Matthew] [Ministry] [My church] [forgiveness] [rebuke] [restore]

September 14, 8AM

Sermon preached on September 3, 2017 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8XYDMInOhQENjN6VHZfVFcxY1U/view Matthew 16:21-28 (NAS) 21 From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chie... [Matthew] [Ministry] [NAS] [follow me] [Jesus’ title. Jesus’ deeds show His mission] [take up your cross]

August 10, 11AM

It’s been a while since I last blogged. I have had many thoughts and ideas. But I haven’t been able to type. July 20, 2017: A fall on concrete caused me to break two bones in my left shoulder. The … Continue reading → [Meditatio] [Personal Reflection] [ability] [inability] [injury] [shoulder] [Time]

July 1, 11AM

Fire has been part of my life from my earliest memories. Our house burned (kitchen area) in 1952. I was three and caught in the kitchen‚ still have a snapshot memory of that. My father rushed in to rescue me. In … Continue reading → [Personal Reflection] [fire] [prevention] [response to fires]

June 30, 8AM

There are special days on the calendar that carry much meaning and joy: birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, moving days, etc. We may likely mark them on the calendar, as if we could forget them. They help define us and shape us. … Continue reading &... [depression] [Mental Health] [Personal Reflection] [challenges after emergency] [fire] [house fire]

June 14, 5PM

Romans 5:6-15 is the epistle reading for the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost (June 18, 2017). The pervasive reality of sin had always been an obstacle for humans relative to God. No amount of work or effort or wishful thinking could remove … Continue re... [My church] [Romans] [declared righteous] [forgiveness] [justified] [reconciled] [sin]

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Originally posted by Pastor Benjamin Meyer, reposted with his permission. August 14, 2014 There are a lot of false teachers in this world and there always have been. One false teaching that Christians have always had to battle is the … Continue read... [depression] [Mental Health] [Christians and depression] [depression]

June 13, 2PM

Lately I have been thinking a lot about “church” —what it is, what it is not, how it functions. There are two approaches that have garnered a lot of attention. As I describe these, at this stage I am observing, … Continue reading → [Biblical Studies] [Ephesians] [Matthew] [Ministry] [Worship/Liturgy]

May 16, 8AM

Church is an amazing thing—created by Jesus, yet made up of sinful humans. It’s easy to overlook the essence of Church, especially when things aren’t “working” like we want it to. So, let’s step back for a few minutes and … Continue read... [Doctrine- Systematics] [Matthew] [Ministry] [church] [church unity] [forgiveness of sins] [fruit of the Spirit] [gentle] [humble]

April 6, 2PM

I am teaching Ephesians in ALTS this quarter, the third time I have done so. Instead of getting bored with it, I find that Paul’s letter is deeper than when I first read it 55 years ago, deeper than when … Continue reading → [Biblical Studies] [Ephesians] [Ministry] [New Testament] [Pastoral Formation] [forgotten] [forsaken] [God chose us in Him]

April 5, 12 PM

In this post I will not discuss the translation itself. Rather I will observe things about actually using the CSB translation in church settings. I began using CSB for our lectionary readings beginning with Lent, for both Sunday and Wednesday … Cont... [1 John] [CSB] [GW] [translations] [CSB font sizes] [CSB in use]

March 22, 11AM

This 3rd midweek service focuses on the word “concern.” The word can be used negatively, concern about what is happening in a fearful sense. It can also be used positively, noticing what is happening and having concern (and care) for those … Co... [John] [Meditatio] [Ministry] [New Testament] [concern and care] [John 19]

March 16, 3PM

Love— a big topic! The word is often misunderstood, misused, abused, twisted. And yet in the current debacle of love (in both the church and the world), there is a genuine love based on truth. What we in the church … Continue reading → [1 John] [Biblical Studies] [Ministry] [New Testament] [Personal Reflection] [Christian community] [Christian love] [love and truth] [tough love]

March 13, 4PM

For the midweek Lenten services we have followed the theme: “A Word of ______” Last week, it was “A Word of Forgiveness.” This week our theme is “A Word of Assurance. Here are the four Scriptures that we will use in … Continue reading ... [CSB] [Ministry] [My church] [New Testament] [old testament] [Worship/Liturgy] [Exodus 24] [Hebrew 10:19-25] [John 11:17-37] [Midweek Lent 2]

March 8, 4PM

Today in the mail I received two copies of the CSB. Obviously getting ready for Lenten service, grading Seminary papers, I haven’t explored it much. Just a few quick observations CSB Large Print Ultrathin Reference Bible (British Tan Leathertouch)... [CSB] [translations] [Christian Standard Bible] [Design] [layout]

March 3, 1PM

I have reviewed the HCSB over the past 4+ years. I have anticipated the update to HCSB for the past year. Holman recently published online the update to the HCSB translation, now renamed as CSB (Christian Standard Bible). Printed versions are … Con... [Biblical Studies] [CSB] [Greek] [New Testament] [1 John 1:9] [1 Peter 3:21] [john 3:16]

February 3, 12 PM

Forty years ago this month was a monumental time for me and my wife. I was in the Navy, had just been picked up for regular Navy, had been selected to attend Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey, CA), and we were making … Continue reading → [Personal Reflection] [healing] [insulin] [Miracle] [Naval service]

January 6, 11AM

I again have the privilege of teaching Matthew this quarter in our seminary. As part of my preparation I read four chapters a day, hence the entire book of Matthew every week. Each week I use a different translation. So … Continue reading → [Greek] [GW] [languages] [Matthew] [New Testament] [translations] [all Jerusalem] [Epiphany] [Herod] [Matthew 2]

December 26 2016, 3PM

I have been a country music fan my entire life. We received our first 78 record player in 1951. A few months later we got a record Lefty Frizzell, “Mom and Dad Waltz.” I was not quite 3 years old … Continue reading → [Personal Reflection] [Brennen Leigh] [country remembrances] [Mom and Dad Waltz]

December 19, 12 PM

This photo is of my great grandfather (Joseph Brown) and great grandmother (Jenny Smith), married June 29, 1900. My parents married on June 29, 1946. Joseph and Jenny had 11 children, and Jenny died at age 37. Jenny Smith’s parents … Continue read... [Personal Reflection] [Brown] [Cooper] [Mischke] [Shields] [Smith]

December 14, 1PM

Daily reading today is Matthew 17-20. Here are some thoughts on MEV translation. Matthew 18:33 οὐκ ἔδει ⸂καὶ σὲ⸃ ἐλεῆσαι τὸν σύνδουλόν σου, ὡς κἀγὼ ⸄σὲ ἠλέησα MEV: Should you not also have ... [Greek] [languages] [Matthew] [MEV] [New Testament] [translations] [future perfect passive] [Greek verb translation] [Matthew 18]

December 9, 1PM

As I was reading devotionally yesterday I came across Psalm 11 (MEV), which I have included to see the context. 1 In the Lord I seek refuge; how do you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain, … Continue reading → [Biblical Studies] [Hebrew] [languages] [MEV] [NAS] [old testament] [Psalm 11] [translation] [who sees who]

December 8, 3PM

Large Print MEV Almost two years ago I purchased an Modern English Version (MEV) Bible. Then I provided serveral posts about the translation itself. See: MEV Part 1, MEV Part 2, MEV Readability. One of my criticisms was the size … Continue reading &... [Biblical technical terms] [Greek] [languages] [MEV] [New Testament] [translations] [MEV Large Print] [MEV only begotten] [MEV only one]

November 30, 1PM

In my morning reading the text was Isaiah 6:1-7:9. I have read it many times. But today I read the text in the ESV. One verse stood out as awkward English. Isaiah 6:11 Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” … Continue reading → [ESV] [Hebrew] [languages] [Personal Reflection] [translations] [English style in translation] [ESV Isaiah 6:11] [translation Isaiah 6:11]

November 17, 12 PM

A little different focus today. This past week a couple of vivid memories of our dogs came to mind. My life with animals and especially dogs was important when I was growing up. We lived on a farm, so cows, dogs, … Continue reading → [Personal Reflection] [dogs] [loss] [Pets]

November 10, 1PM

In the midst of much public angst, fear, etc. over the past week, accusations have been flung at Christians, specifically Evangelicals, about what should be done, changed, etc. In this post I will address that topic. But more, there is … Continue re... [Biblical Studies] [Law and Gospel] [Ministry] [My church] [Personal Reflection] [Catholic] [evangelical] [Orthodox] [what is Church]

September 29, 5PM

One of the key insights that Luther and others highlighted is this topic. In their study of the Scripture they saw that Scripture talks about righteousness in two different ways: righteousness before God and righteousness before people. Coram Deo (before ... [Biblical Studies] [Doctrine- Systematics] [Ministry] [Pastoral Formation] [seminary] [active righteousness] [passive righteousness] [two kinds of righteousness]

September 26, 10AM

Theological Prolegomena—the name of our one our seminary courses. That’s a mouthful. So what is it? Crudely translated: “Forward to Theology.” As I began developing the courses for our seminary my focus was on the core courses in the four are... [Biblical Studies] [Doctrine- Systematics] [Ministry] [My church] [Pastoral Formation] [seminary] [believe teach and confess] [Catholic] [evangelical] [formal and material principles] [justification by grace through faith] [Lutheran] [Orthodox] [theological prolegomena]

September 21, 2PM

Some translation oddities Reading the daily lectionary, I have found some odd translation choices in terms of English usage in some different translations. The following readings come from today’s (Sep. 21) readings. With earlier readings from other day... [ESV] [GW] [HCSB] [Hebrew] [languages] [NAS] [NIV 2011] [old testament] [translations] [English word choices] [translation choice]

September 14, 10AM

Over the past 5 years I have reviewed, studied, and made recommendations to the HCSB translation team. WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) had formed their own committee and review team for suggestions to the same translation team. And soon HCSB ... [Biblical Studies] [HCSB] [New Testament] [old testament] [translations] [CSB] [HCSB translation update] [WELS]

August 25, 3PM

  Introduction Dearly beloved, we are gathered together in the sight of God and His people to witness God joining together this man and this woman in holy matrimony. What kinds of images come to mind when you hear these … Continue reading ͛... [Biblical Studies] [My church] [New Testament] [Personal Reflection] [hope in marriage] [husband and wife] [in Christ] [Marriage]

August 23, 1PM

Two or three times a week, I still reach for my phone to call. And yet, cannot. The gulf is to great. And I grieve. My mother, Phyllis, died one year ago today. My wife and I had spoken to … Continue reading → [Personal Reflection]

August 12, 9AM

From time to time I get requests from pastors, students, and laity about good resources for preparing to study or teach Revelation and eschatology. Another request came in this week. Here is the list of resources I recommend. ========================== An... [Biblical Studies] [Greek] [New Testament] [Worship/Liturgy] [end times] [eschatology] [Prophecy] [Revelation]

July 11, 2PM

The events of the past few weeks have raised violence, front and center. The sermon text on Sunday was Mark 6:14–29 (ESV). 14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some said, “John the Baptist has been … Continue reading &... [New Testament] [Personal Reflection] [Tentatio] [Gospel proclamation] [Jesus Christ vs. evil] [temporary fixes] [violence]

June 6, 2PM

Sermon on the Trinity based on the Athanasian Creed, May 22, 2016 Trinity Sunday Athanasian Creed  Filed under: Personal Reflection [Personal Reflection]

May 25, 10AM

C. F. W. Walther’s The Proper Distinction between Law and Gospel Thesis I. The doctrinal contents of the entire Holy Scriptures, both of the Old and the New Testament, are made up of two doctrines differing fundamentally from each other, viz., … ... [Biblical Studies] [Land and Gospel] [C. F. W. Walther] [Law and Gospel] [points of difference Law and Gospel]

May 24, 3PM

C. F. W. Walther spoke to seminary students on Friday evenings at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis beginning in September 1884. For the next year and a half, he provided practical instruction in the proper distinction of Law and Gospel. Now, … Continue... [Biblical Studies] [Doctrine- Systematics] [Land and Gospel] [Ministry] [C. F. W. Walther] [Law and Gospel] [proper distinction]

May 22, 5PM

Law: Tells us what to do and what not to do. In this use of the Law, it always threatens, accuses, condemns a person. Gospel: Tells us what God has done for us in Jesus, who took all the punishment … Continue reading → [Biblical Studies] [Doctrine- Systematics] [Land and Gospel] [Ministry] [Law and Gospel] [Law and Gospel distinctions] [why is this so hard?]

May 21, 5PM

C. F. W. Walther had taught at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. But he also gave evening lectures of a more practical nature. In the fall of 1884 he began a series of lectures on Law and Gospel, not doctrinal lectures, but … Continue reading → [Biblical technical terms] [Ministry] [Pastoral Formation] [distinctions between Law and Gospel] [Law and Gospel]

May 3, 9AM

I had posted this a year ago last month. But I think it needs to be read again… by me and other church leaders. ============== When someone raises the issue of pastoral formation and seminary education, the focus always leans to the theological edu... [Meditatio] [Ministry] [Oratio] [Pastoral Formation] [Tentatio] [churchmanship] [Pastoral Formation]

April 28, 6PM

Note: If this article hits too close to home—stop reading and call your counselor or pastor now. ======================================= Wow! What a combination! How can either of these be related? I have considered this for the past few weeks and hope ... [Meditatio] [Pastoral Formation] [Tentatio] [Abuse] [Excuses] [how to interpret abuse] [how to listen] [victims]

April 12, 2PM

Conference-itis — What is it? This post has been brewing for several years. All critiques and questions in the post have arisen from my own struggles, questions, concerns. In other words, if these comments feel a little uncomfortable, I understand, I ha... [Ministry] [Pastoral Formation] [Personal Reflection] [conference attending] [conference speakers] [congregational service] [pastors serving congregations]

March 24, 10AM

Psalm 24 was my Psalm reading this morning. How appropriate this came on Maundy Thursday. The Psalm is really two parts. Psalm 24 (NIV) 1    The earth is the LORD’S, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; 2 for he founded it on the s... [Meditatio] [New Testament] [Personal Reflection] [Worship/Liturgy] [forgiveness of sins] [Lord’s Supper] [Psalm 24] [pure heart] [resurrection] [righteousness]

March 8, 1PM

In daily readings through the Bible, I also include the Psalm related to the day in multiples of 30 (7, 37, 67, etc.); so reading one Psalm a day I can cover the entire Psalmody in five months (days with 31 days I read Psalm 119). Yesterday (03/07) I read... [Biblical Studies] [ESV] [GW] [Hebrew] [NAS] [old testament] [translations] [ESV Psalm 7:6; HCSB; translation; oral comprehension]

February 20, 1PM

Many want to deny, hide their heads, or walk away when the topic of abuse arises. But such silence only gives abuse an open door. I wrote about this four years ago on this blog. It might be best to read that post first: especially-for-men-in-the-church Th... [Ministry] [Personal Reflection] [Abuse] [caring for abused] [church and abuse] [silence on abuse] [stopping abuse]

February 17, 11AM

Our midweek Lenten service focuses on the tempations of Jesus in Matthew. The background of the temptation goes all the way back to Genesis 3:1–21. There Satan tempted Eve and Adam to rebel against God and His perfect creation. Likewise, Israel failed i... [Biblical Studies] [Matthew] [Ministry] [New Testament] [Matthew 4:1-14; temptation] [stand against temptation]

January 18, 12 PM

Over the past three years several pastors and congregations have expressed interest in my use of the Narrative Lectionary. This post gives some background on reasons for using, and the challenges and delights of using it. Introduction My life has been li... [Biblical Studies] [My church] [Pastoral Formation] [Worship/Liturgy] [liturgical preaching] [Narrative Lectionary] [New Testament Survey] [Old Testament Survey] [one-year lectionary] [three-year lectionary]

January 7, 11PM

For my devotional reading today I read Genesis 21-24. I have read through the Bible many times over the past several decades. But this time Gen. 22 stood out because of the recent reading of Rare Bird, my own reflections of our older son. And now one mor... [Biblical Studies] [Ministry] [old testament] [Abraham] [Isaac] [sacrifice] [your only son] [your son whom you love]

January 6, 12 PM

Quotes from Rare Bird My review of the book led me to realize I seldom quoted Anna. So, this post is a string of quotes from the book that are especially meaningful to me. Anna’s thoughts about what she said at Jack’s funeral. As I read the words I’... [Tentatio] [Anna Whiston-Donaldson] [faith] [grief] [Quotes] [Rare Bird]

January 5, 5PM

The book no one wants to write… the book everyone needs to read. I have read many books over the past 55 years, ranging from theological to history to biography to technical. Of all of them I would have put two books in the above category, until now. ... [Personal Reflection] [Tentatio] [book review] [death] [grief] [loss] [Rare Bird] [recovery]

December 27 2015, 11PM

This year Christmas has been a true blessing. Christmas Eve worship was God-honoring and a blessing. Christmas day was the same. And then today, we had the most in worship in a while. Great music all three services, great congregational singing. After div... [Meditatio] [Personal Reflection] [Christmas] [death] [family] [memories]

December 19, 11AM

I have considered Bible translations for the past 30 years. Obviously solid translations handle issues in all these areas: words, phrases, syntax, linguistics, etc. Another area that is important to help the reader (silently or orally), which is not a tr... [Biblical Studies] [MEV] [translations] [Design] [layout] [readability]

December 16, 1PM

Grading completed for Fall Qtr—Yay! Excellent students, great discussions, much learning. Blessed with young students in seminary (almost all much younger than me!); Great professors of theology: The Rev. Dr. Curtis Leins The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Pulse Dr. ... [seminary]

December 14, 1PM

Longer Perspective The start of a new year is a good time to step back and look at American Lutheran Theological Seminary (ALTS). More importantly we look forward to further strengthening and expanding of our seminary. We are blessed to have two routes fo... [Pastoral Formation] [seminary] [2016] [ALTS]

December 1, 3PM

Translating any text from one language to another faces many challenges. Simplisticly some want one word in language A to match perfectly with language B. Some might be tempted to say this is the most “literal” translation. Interlinear translations fo... [Biblical Studies] [Doctrine- Systematics] [ESV] [GW] [HCSB] [NAS] [New Testament] [NIV 2011] [translations] [1 Peter 3:21] [antitype] [baptism] [baptism saves] [translation confusion]

November 30, 9AM

Sermon: Ruth 1, 4 Ruth 1:1-17; 4:13-17 NAS 1    Now it came about in the days when the judges governed, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the land of Moab with his wife and his two sons. 2 Th... [old testament] [Personal Reflection] [Worship/Liturgy] [David] [Jesse] [Naomi] [Ruth]

November 24, 2PM

Sermon preached on July 12, 2015 Romans 8:12-17 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh — for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the ... [Biblical Studies] [New Testament] [Worship/Liturgy] [Holy Spirit] [Romans 8:12-17] [slavery vs. adoption]

November 19, 1PM

In August, I preached a series of five sermons on Romans 9-12. They are not complete in dealing with every verse, but they highlight the key thoughts. Here are the audio files. Romans 9:1-13 Romans 10:1-17 Romans 11 (selected vs) Romans 12:1-8 Romans 12:9... [Biblical Studies] [New Testament] [Worship/Liturgy] [God’s mercies] [love] [Romans]

November 11, 11AM

Loss and Loneliness in the Church Loss is part of life, in some cases a significant part of life. But how does the Church play into this life of loss? I think a fair assumption is that most pastors and most Christians recognize when someone experiences lo... [Personal Reflection] [family and church] [loneliness] [loss]

October 26, 9AM

A couple weeks ago in the Narrative Lectionary we had the Old Testament reading, Ruth 1:1-17 and I added 4:13-17. Here is the audio from that sermon. Ruth and God’s Lovingkindess      Filed under: Biblical studies, Ministry, Old Testament... [Biblical Studies] [Ministry] [old testament] [foreigners] [God’s lovingkindness] [love] [mercy] [Naomi] [Ruth] [Widows]
A couple weeks ago in the Narrative Lectionary we had the Old Testament reading, Ruth 1:1-17 and I added 4:13-17. Here is the audio from that sermon. Ruth and God’s Lovingkindess      Filed under: Biblical studies, Ministry, Old Testament... [Biblical Studies] [Ministry] [old testament] [foreigners] [God’s lovingkindness] [love] [mercy] [Naomi] [Ruth] [Widows]

October 20, 2PM

Background on GW I have written before about the God’s Word (GW) translation. This includes my background as serving pastor of three different congregations that were test congregations for checking readability, oral comprehension, etc. For the most par... [Biblical Studies] [Greek] [GW] [New Testament] [translations] [God’s approval] [God’s Word translation] [righteousness]
Background on GW I have written before about the God’s Word (GW) translation. This includes my background as serving pastor of three different congregations that were test congregations for checking readability, oral comprehension, etc. For the most par... [Biblical Studies] [Greek] [GW] [New Testament] [translations] [God’s approval] [God’s Word translation] [righteousness]

September 11, 12 PM

Stability in unstable times or God’s wonderful deeds. The past few months have been unstable times. An emotional roller coaster of both good and bad. And yet, God… This Psalm is an appropriate reflection on this time for me. I will give thanks to the... [depression] [old testament] [Personal Reflection] [death] [God's wonderful deeds] [grief] [new life] [praise] [Thanksgiving]
Stability in unstable times or God’s wonderful deeds. The past few months have been unstable times. An emotional roller coaster of both good and bad. And yet, God… This Psalm is an appropriate reflection on this time for me. I will give thanks to the... [depression] [old testament] [Personal Reflection] [death] [God's wonderful deeds] [grief] [new life] [praise] [Thanksgiving]

August 22, 10AM

With all the protests vs. Planned Parenthood, I wonder whether the President, Congress, and judges are paying attention. Thanks to Mollie Ziegler Hemingway for keeping us apprised of protests around the country. Also, how many more babies have been killed... [Personal Reflection] [abortion] [hope] [Life] [Suicide]
With all the protests vs. Planned Parenthood, I wonder whether the President, Congress, and judges are paying attention. Thanks to Mollie Ziegler Hemingway for keeping us apprised of protests around the country. Also, how many more babies have been killed... [Personal Reflection] [abortion] [hope] [Life] [Suicide]

August 14, 9PM

In light of my most recent post, I was taken in by another post.  A photographer and her Korean father. You can read about it here. http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/diana-kim-the-homeless-paradise My heart goes out to them and rejoice on the tur... [Personal Reflection]
In light of my most recent post, I was taken in by another post.  A photographer and her Korean father. You can read about it here. http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/diana-kim-the-homeless-paradise My heart goes out to them and rejoice on the tur... [Personal Reflection]

August 6, 1PM

The Psalmist wrote: “How long, O LORD? Will You hide Yourself forever?” (Psalm 89:46). For many Christians that refrain becomes not just a lament of the moment, but a searing reminder, day after day, year after year. “How long, O LORD?” A sense of... [depression] [Meditatio] [Ministry] [New Testament] [Personal Reflection] [Tentatio] [confession of faith] [family] [how long?] [salvation]
The Psalmist wrote: “How long, O LORD? Will You hide Yourself forever?” (Psalm 89:46). For many Christians that refrain becomes not just a lament of the moment, but a searing reminder, day after day, year after year. “How long, O LORD?” A sense of... [depression] [Meditatio] [Ministry] [New Testament] [Personal Reflection] [Tentatio] [confession of faith] [family] [how long?] [salvation]

July 9, 10AM

Six weeks since my last post. In some ways it seems like I am starting over, and yet, not starting over. I didn’t realize how tired I had become, 4 years in the making. Not a tiredness that is solved by two good nights of sleep. A tiredness that needs m... [Personal Reflection] [saying goodbye] [vacation]
Six weeks since my last post. In some ways it seems like I am starting over, and yet, not starting over. I didn’t realize how tired I had become, 4 years in the making. Not a tiredness that is solved by two good nights of sleep. A tiredness that needs m... [Personal Reflection] [saying goodbye] [vacation]

May 30, 11AM

Trinity Sunday and Athanasian Creed This Sunday is Trinity Sunday in the liturgical calendar. For most Christians who follow such a calendar, it means that we speak together the Athanasian Creed. For some that might conjure images of drudgery, reciting wo... [Biblical Studies] [Biblical technical terms] [Doctrine- Systematics] [My church] [Oratio] [Worship/Liturgy] [Athanasian Creed] [confessing the faith] [Trinity]
Trinity Sunday and Athanasian Creed This Sunday is Trinity Sunday in the liturgical calendar. For most Christians who follow such a calendar, it means that we speak together the Athanasian Creed. For some that might conjure images of drudgery, reciting wo... [Biblical Studies] [Biblical technical terms] [Doctrine- Systematics] [My church] [Oratio] [Worship/Liturgy] [Athanasian Creed] [confessing the faith] [Trinity]

May 28, 3PM

Kansiewicz, Kristen, On Edge: Mental Illness in the Christian Context. 2014 [Note: This is the longest book review I have written, but the topics are critical and the discussion is important for the church.] If someone is looking for the definitive guide ... [depression] [Ministry] [Pastoral Formation] [Personal Reflection] [mental illness] [mental illness and the church] [pastoral help] [when to get help]
Kansiewicz, Kristen, On Edge: Mental Illness in the Christian Context. 2014 [Note: This is the longest book review I have written, but the topics are critical and the discussion is important for the church.] If someone is looking for the definitive guide ... [depression] [Ministry] [Pastoral Formation] [Personal Reflection] [mental illness] [mental illness and the church] [pastoral help] [when to get help]

May 14, 6PM

This Bible is of mixed value. I had high expectations, but was disappointed with the result. There are some very good things, and then there are some serious concerns. Good: Design One of the best features: the footnotes. Sadly many Bibles have footnotes ... [Book Reviews] [translations] [baptism] [evangelism] [Evangelism study Bible]
This Bible is of mixed value. I had high expectations, but was disappointed with the result. There are some very good things, and then there are some serious concerns. Good: Design One of the best features: the footnotes. Sadly many Bibles have footnotes ... [Book Reviews] [translations] [baptism] [evangelism] [Evangelism study Bible]

May 7, 12 PM

In my daily reading (today Exodus 13-14, using ESV), I came upon an unusual rendering in two places in Exodus 14. And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them, and I will get glory over Pharaoh and all his host, and the Egyptians shall kno... [Biblical Studies] [ESV] [Hebrew] [old testament] [Personal Reflection] [gets glory] [God is honored]

May 5, 11AM

In Sunday morning Bible study we have been studying The Gospel According to Matthew. Since September 2011. We finally reached Matthew 26 two weeks ago!! A week ago Sunday as an introduction to chapters 26:2-28:20, I showed several connections in the begi... [Biblical Studies] [My church] [New Testament] [Bible study tool] [Gospel comparisons] [Jesus anointed] [Jesus entry] [teaching method]

April 14, 4PM

Last week I had the privilege of updating the convention attendees at TAALC East Region about our seminary, American Lutheran Theological Seminary (ALTS). My report included an updated status of the seminary, and especially the online program, Master of T... [Biblical Studies] [Meditatio] [Ministry] [New Testament] [Oratio] [Pastoral Formation] [character formation] [Churchmanship formation] [Pastoral Formation] [Spiritual Formation]

April 3, 11AM

Guest post by Shan: Today is Good Friday. It is on this day that I end up in tears. I think about my Savior who was spat upon, beaten and killed—willingly for my sake. I remember that He lived the perfect sinless life in my stead. I know that He died an... [Biblical Studies] [Ministry] [New Testament] [Personal Reflection] [crucify him] [Jesus died for me] [Joy] [weeping]

April 2, 9AM

In the first post (Christians in Relationship 1) I presented an overview of Ephesians 4:17-32 as the heart of developing Christian relationships. This also forms the basis for marriage relationships. In other words, how do Paul’s words apply specifical... [Biblical Studies] [Ministry] [New Testament] [Personal Reflection] [confession] [forgiveness] [love] [Marriage] [relationships] [Sex]

March 31, 2PM

Guest post today: I grew up in the era of secretaries and I was blessed with many good ones. Early in my career there was Ann Marie who would take my meager dictations and with skill and polish turn them into a thing of beauty. At the end of my career it ... [Meditatio] [Oratio] [Personal Reflection] [distractions] [focus] [Listening]

March 30, 8AM

Psalm 122:1 “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD.’” What an interesting insight the psalmist gives to worship. He rejoices to go to Yahweh’s house! Is that true today? Perhaps some of us quietly admit that w... [Biblical Studies] [Ministry] [old testament] [Worship/Liturgy] [liturgy] [Worship]

March 28, 1PM

This is a two part blog on Christians and Relationships. We will end up considering marriage as a special subset. In this blog our focus is the background to relationships among Christians. The second blog will focus on marriage and the relationship wit... [Biblical Studies] [Meditatio] [Ministry] [New Testament] [Oratio] [forgiveness] [love] [Marriage] [relationships]

March 17, 11AM

The Gospel reading and sermon text for today (Narrative Lectionary): Sermon: Matthew 25:1-30 Text: HCSB [Jesus said:] 1 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like 
10 virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom. 2 Five of them were fool... [HCSB] [Matthew] [Ministry] [New Testament] [Oratio] [Personal Reflection]

March 3, 1PM

Christ Calls to Calvary…the Fallen This is our theme for tomorrow night’s midweek Lenten series: Christ Calls to Calvary. Tonight, Christ calls the fallen. Now he who was betraying Him gave them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize... [Biblical Studies] [Matthew] [Ministry] [My church] [New Testament] [Pastoral Formation] [betrayal] [fallen] [forgiveness]

February 25, 12 PM

Christ Calls to Calvary… That’s the title of the series of sermons for midweek Lenten services. The various weekly themes finish that statement: …the Faithful, Luke 18:31-33 …the Fallen, Matthew 26:50 …the Erring, Luke 22:61 …the Worldly, John... [Biblical Studies] [Ministry] [My church] [New Testament] [Worship/Liturgy] [Christ calls faithful] [forgiveness]

February 23, 11AM

[One of my friends posted a while ago. This is her second guest post] Kay’s mother was a high school cheerleader, popular and pretty. In her mind she had a bright future until she discovered she was pregnant. This child was the end of that perceived ... [Ministry] [Personal Reflection] [Tentatio] [broken people] [divine swap] [hurting people] [love] [Ministry]

February 21, 3PM

How does the Church live together day in and day out? It isn’t programs, musicians, leadership, spiritual giftedness. Rather the Church lives and breathes in the environment of forgiveness. There is no short-cut, not a handy bypass to avoid dealing ... [Biblical Studies] [Matthew] [My church] [NAS] [New Testament] [Pastoral Formation] [confronting sin] [forgiveness]

February 20, 12 PM

We began our Lent observance on Ash Wednesday, which leads to Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. The central place of the Lord’s Supper within the worshiping community is highlighted throughout Lent and culminates in Maundy Thursday. I serve a congregatio... [Biblical Studies] [Greek] [GW] [languages] [New Testament] [Pastoral Formation] [Personal Reflection] [Worship/Liturgy]

February 17, 11AM

This last weekend in our makeup session for Ephesians we translated and studied Ephesians 4:1-16. The theme of Ephesians is “in Christ,” which permeates each section of the letter. Not only is 4:1-16 the transition from the doctrinal foundation (1:1-3... [Biblical Studies] [Ministry] [New Testament] [in Christ] [maturity]

February 10, 6PM

This basics elements of this post originally appeared in April 2012. It was part of a series on “Searching for a Church.” I have modified it to fit the context of Sasse’s quotes and the distinction between Lutheran and Protestant in the two previou... [Biblical Studies] [Doctrine- Systematics] [Meditatio] [Formal Principle] [Lutheran vs. Protestant] [Material Principle]

February 4, 12 PM

The book, Here We Stand: Nature and Character of the Lutheran Faith, reflects Sasse’s battle against the Protestant attempt to present a unified statement of faith against the Nazi movement in Germany in the 1930’s. From the Protestant view, all movem... [Doctrine- Systematics] [My church] [accustations against Lutherans] [confessing the faith] [Reformed vs. Lutheran]

February 2, 4PM

Many times people do not understand what it means to be Lutheran, especially in light of the Reformation, the gulf between Lutheranism and Catholicism and between Lutheranism and Protestantism. Sometimes we look like Roman Catholics, but sound like Protes... [Doctrine- Systematics] [My church] [Worship/Liturgy] [Evangelical [Lutheran] Church] [Lutheran-Catholic] [Lutherans-Reformed]

January 23, 1PM

In the Narrative Lectionary this is the year in which the Gospel According to Matthew is highlighted. One aspect of my preparation each week is to look at several translations (NAS, NIV, GW, HCSB, NKJV are the usual ones). This Sunday the text will be Mat... [Biblical Studies] [HCSB] [Matthew] [translations] [beatitudes] [oral reading rhythm]

January 17, 3PM

Read the first part of the review here. Obviously this review is very selective. I have read certain portions of MEV, and my wife and I have used it for devotional reading the past week. This is a preliminary review and deals with critical texts. Translat... [Biblical Studies] [MEV] [New Testament] [old testament] [translations] [Bible Translation]

January 14, 2PM

MEV Thinline Reference published by Passio, with the MEV ©2014 by Military Bible Association. This is the first of two posts regarding the Modern English Version Bible. In this post I will examine the external issues (cover, typeface, paper, etc.) In th... [Book Reviews] [translations] [MEV translation] [Modern English Version]

January 9, 1PM

Sunukjian, Donald R. Invitation to Philippians: Building a Great Church Through Humility (Biblical Preaching for the Contemporary Church). Weaver Book Company, 2014. I read many books. I try to find ones that will enhance what I know, broaden my perspecti... [Book Reviews] [New Testament] [Law-Gospel confusion] [Philippians] [sanctification]

January 8, 11AM

My grandmother. On January 6, my grandmother would have been 105 years old. That amazes. She died in 1984 (age 74), but she seemed much older for most of what I remember of her (from 1952-1984). Although she was young when she did many things, she seemed ... [Personal Reflection] [early 20th century farm life] [grandma] [grandmother] [North Dakota]

December 31 2014, 3PM

We have been using the Narrative Lectionary (NL) for the past 2 ½ years. It has proven to be a blessing in following the Biblical narrative through the Old Testament and each Gospel. Year 1 (current year) is focused on Matthew as the Gospel readings. In ... [Biblical Studies] [New Testament] [old testament] [Worship/Liturgy]

December 30, 10AM

I take this opportunity to thank my friend for writing the five part series: Who am I? The range of human sin and emotions, overwhelmed by the grace of God, the love that sustains. We rejoice in his story, and even more in God’s story. As I reflecte... [depression] [Ministry] [Personal Reflection] [Tentatio] [loneliness] [prodigal son] [reconciliation] [Restoration]

December 29, 9PM

Part 4 (with links to parts 12-3) Forgiveness and justification were life-giving words to me. But the forgotten twins of guilt and shame frequently haunted me on my journey. Through the wounds that I have experienced and suffered some stand out boldly to ... [depression] [Ministry] [Personal Reflection] [Tentatio] [Abuse] [guilt] [salvation] [shame]

December 27, 10AM

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 While I was no better off than them I knew that going back to a prison cell was not something that I wanted. So one night I remember laying in my bed in my room and began to recall all the things that I had experienced, and for the ... [depression] [Ministry] [Personal Reflection] [Tentatio] [anger] [John 16:33] [love] [mercy] [peace]

December 26, 9AM

See Part 2 here. This new reality and routine continued on in my life until the fall of that year when I was again summoned to another office, but this time it was the Chaplain’s office. I vividly recall sitting in that chair and listening to the chapla... [depression] [Tentatio] [anger] [fear] [hatred against Christians] [Prison]

December 25, 9AM

Some discussion abounds on the internet about whether Dec. 25 is the actual birth date of Jesus. We don’t know the actual date; Scripture does not tell us. If a Christian does not want to celebrate this day, that is okay. But if a Christian denies who w... [Day of the Lord] [Doctrine- Systematics] [GW] [New Testament]

December 24, 9AM

Who Am I? Pt 1 The story of abuse continues… ==================== So life began anew for my mom and me. Within a year she had married a Baptist minister, and we moved to a little town, where we settled into a parsonage prepared to begin a new life. My m... [Ministry] [Personal Reflection] [Tentatio] [Abuse] [anger] [hatred]

December 23, 9AM

I have invited a friend to share his life story of the “lonely, broken, and forgotten” and The Hurting and Christmas. It will be five parts. Be sure to read all five. ============================ I begin with a reassurance of understanding of Nouwen... [Ministry] [Tentatio] [Abuse] [anger] [fear] [rebellion]

December 22, 9AM

As mentioned in the last post, Christmas may not always bring happy memories of Christmases with family, with friends. Many …Continue reading → [Ministry] [New Testament] [Personal Reflection] [Tentatio]

December 19, 11AM

the lonely, the broken, the forgotten. This is a reminder that the pleasant Hallmark movie scenes don’t reflect the lives …Continue reading → [Day of the Lord] [Ministry] [New Testament] [Personal Reflection]

December 11, 12 PM

A new voice I have asked a friend to write a post for this blog. ========= This morning I leave the …Continue reading → [Personal Reflection]

November 14, 6PM

This photo reminds of how much time my older brother, Ray, and I spent together as we were growing up. …Continue reading → [Personal Reflection] [brothers] [Throwback]

November 12, 5PM

November 6, 8AM

I don’t often write book reviews of fiction. But this is one book I enjoyed and am pleased to write …Continue reading → [Book Reviews] [Ministry] [Personal Reflection] [Church Life] [House of Living Stones] [Lutheran] [Schuermann]

October 23, 10AM

Pettit, Paul, and R.Todd Mangum. Blessed Are the Balanced: A Seminarian’s Guide to Following Jesus in the Academy. Kregel Academic, …Continue reading → [Book Reviews] [Meditatio] [Ministry] [academic and pastoral] [seminary] [Spiritual Disciplines]

September 13, 11AM

This topic has been near to my heart for a long time. So I thought I would share some thoughts …Continue reading → [Personal Reflection] [Adoption] [love] [mother’s love] [sons]

September 7, 8PM

I will be teaching Pastoral Theology and Life in our seminary starting Sep. 15. I taught it last year as …Continue reading → [Pastoral Formation] [integrity] [pastoral accountability] [pastoral life] [pastoral theology]

September 2, 12 PM

A Commentary on Psalms: Volume 2 (42-89) by Allen P. Ross Content: 5 star, but… Kregel provides a valuable resource in …Continue reading → [Biblical Studies] [Book Reviews] [old testament] [Allen Ross] [Kregel] [OT Commentary] [Psalms Vol. 2]

August 25, 1AM

Listened to these two YouTube videos from Chonda Pierce and her depression. Part 2 has some powerful words for those …Continue reading → [depression] [Personal Reflection] [Uncategorized]

August 15, 4AM

(Note: I wrote this on a flight Monday afternoon—Aug, 12. But I didn’t have a chance to post until today. So …Continue reading → [depression] [Personal Reflection] [Tentatio] [depression] [seeking help]

July 25, 8PM

Psalm 122:1 “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD.’” What …Continue reading → [Biblical Studies] [Ministry] [old testament] [Pastoral Formation] [Worship/Liturgy] [forgiveness] [sacraments] [Worship]

July 24, 9AM

I realize that in light of the world events the past few weeks, this is an insignificant memory. 16 years …Continue reading → [Personal Reflection] [Tentatio] [breakdown] [depression]

July 21, 10AM

We recently returned from a long (5,762 miles to be exact) trip over 25 days. Much excitement at TAALC National …Continue reading → [Personal Reflection] [translations] [Worship/Liturgy] [shared memories] [translation] [worship language]

July 20, 5PM

Over the past 3-4 months I have been reflecting on translation issues especially related to HCSB. This hasn’t been systematic …Continue reading → [Biblical Studies] [HCSB] [translations] [contractions in translation] [God’s name] [LORD] [translation] [Yahweh]

June 5, 1PM

I watched this video today, which I will title, Marketing for Food. As I thought about that (I worked at …Continue reading → [Biblical Studies] [Meditatio] [New Testament] [Personal Reflection] [Tentatio] [Christ in us] [Church marketing] [Spirit filled]

7AM

I am in my final preparation for this Sunday’s Pentecost sermon I was reviewing Acts 2 in HCSB. I found some …Continue reading → [HCSB] [translations]

June 3, 11PM

Back on April 28, I reviewed the book Gospel Assurance and Warnings by Paul Washer. Shortly afterward Jordan Cooper (aka justandsinner) …Continue reading → [Biblical Studies] [Book Reviews] [Ministry] [Jordan Cooper] [Law and Gospel] [Paul Washer]

June 2, 1PM

I will give the text in Greek, then in English (NAS) 15 Ἐὰν δὲ ἁμαρτήσῃ ⸋[εἰς σὲ]⸌ ὁ ἀδελφός σου, …Continue reading → [Biblical Studies] [Matthew] [New Testament] [forgiveness] [Matthew 18:15-20]

May 27, 3PM

The WELS Translation Liaison Committee just posted their latest comments regarding the HCSB translation. (http://www.wels.net/about-wels/synod-reports/translation-liaison-committee/translation-liaison-committee) Overall, the work is solid …Continue ... [Biblical Studies] [HCSB] [translations] [Bible Translation]
The WELS Translation Liaison Committee just posted their latest comments regarding the HCSB translation. (http://www.wels.net/about-wels/synod-reports/translation-liaison-committee/translation-liaison-committee) Overall, the work is solid …Continue ... [Biblical Studies] [HCSB] [translations] [Bible Translation]

11AM

Chisholm, Robert B., Jr. A Commentary on Judges and Ruth (Kregel Exegetical Library). Kregel Academic, 2013. If you are looking …Continue reading → [Biblical Studies] [Book Reviews] [old testament] [Boaz] [Judges and Ruth] [literary structure] [Naomi] [Narrative structure] [Othniel] [Ruth] [Samson]
Chisholm, Robert B., Jr. A Commentary on Judges and Ruth (Kregel Exegetical Library). Kregel Academic, 2013. If you are looking …Continue reading → [Biblical Studies] [Book Reviews] [old testament] [Boaz] [Judges and Ruth] [literary structure] [Naomi] [Narrative structure] [Othniel] [Ruth] [Samson]

May 26, 2PM

Limits of study Obviously it is difficult to jump into the middle of a text without understanding the context. Our …Continue reading → [Biblical Studies] [Matthew] [New Testament] [Personal Reflection] [church] [confession of Jesus] [jesus] [Matthews’ 4th discourse] [the rejection of Jesus]
Limits of study Obviously it is difficult to jump into the middle of a text without understanding the context. Our …Continue reading → [Biblical Studies] [Matthew] [New Testament] [Personal Reflection] [church] [confession of Jesus] [jesus] [Matthews’ 4th discourse] [the rejection of Jesus]

May 22, 10AM

I have been interested in studying the Gospel According to Matthew for at least two decades. That interest has been …Continue reading → [Biblical Studies] [Matthew] [Ministry] [New Testament]
I have been interested in studying the Gospel According to Matthew for at least two decades. That interest has been …Continue reading → [Biblical Studies] [Matthew] [Ministry] [New Testament]

May 11, 6AM

To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you To those who lost a child …Continue reading → [Personal Reflection]
(Not sure where I got this, but the words express exactly what I want to say) To those who gave …Continue reading → [Personal Reflection]

May 10, 8PM

Yep, 11 of us made the trip to Bakersfield last night for the Blaze game. Good food, great company, very …Continue reading → [Personal Reflection]
Yep, 11 of us made the trip to Bakersfield last night for the Blaze game. Good food, great company, very …Continue reading → [Personal Reflection]

April 28, 5AM

Washer, Paul. Gospel Assurance and Warnings (Recovering the Gospel). Reformation Heritage Books, 2014. I am writing this review as someone …Continue reading → [Book Reviews] [Doctrine- Systematics] [#Gospel] [#PaulWasher]
Washer, Paul. Gospel Assurance and Warnings (Recovering the Gospel). Reformation Heritage Books, 2014. I am writing this review as someone …Continue reading → [Book Reviews] [Doctrine- Systematics] [#Gospel] [#PaulWasher]

March 12, 3PM

Over the past two years I have looked at translations that might be appropriate in our congregation. Essentially we have …Continue reading → [GW] [HCSB] [translations]
Over the past two years I have looked at translations that might be appropriate in our congregation. Essentially we have …Continue reading → [GW] [HCSB] [translations]

March 10, 2PM

Although my schedule has been hectic and writing is a backseat option until the end of this week, I have …Continue reading → [Personal Reflection]
Although my schedule has been hectic and writing is a backseat option until the end of this week, I have …Continue reading → [Personal Reflection]

February 27, 10AM

I tend not to publicly offer opinions on politics, etc. But this topic is more than that. As I saw …Continue reading → [Biblical Studies] [New Testament] [Personal Reflection] [Tentatio]
I tend not to publicly offer opinions on politics, etc. But this topic is more than that. As I saw …Continue reading → [Biblical Studies] [New Testament] [Personal Reflection] [Tentatio]

February 24, 1PM

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Because “eschatology” (end times or last days study) can cover a wide range …Continue reading » [Book Reviews] [New Testament]
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Because “eschatology” (end times or last days study) can cover a wide range …Continue reading → [Book Reviews] [New Testament]

February 20, 9AM

43 Years ago today my wife and I publicly declared that we were wife and husband. It was cold! After …Continue reading » [Personal Reflection]
43 Years ago today my wife and I publicly declared that we were wife and husband. It was cold! After …Continue reading → [Personal Reflection]

February 14, 11PM

Yeah, that title got my attention, too. By “ugly” I am not referring to the missing person (our son), the …Continue reading » [Personal Reflection] [Tentatio]
Yeah, that title got my attention, too. By “ugly” I am not referring to the missing person (our son), the …Continue reading → [Personal Reflection] [Tentatio]

February 5, 7PM

After a couple comments on the previous post on Messiah or Christ, I decided to check into the matter a …Continue reading » [Biblical Studies] [HCSB] [New Testament]
After a couple comments on the previous post on Messiah or Christ, I decided to check into the matter a …Continue reading → [Biblical Studies] [HCSB] [New Testament]

February 4, 12 AM

HCSB: Messiah vs Christ In the Introduction to the HCSB, we read this note: The HCSB translates the Greek word …Continue reading » [Personal Reflection]

February 1, 9PM

In my continuing work on the Gospel according to John (translating and now preaching) I have come across a couple …Continue reading » [Biblical Studies] [HCSB] [New Testament]

12 AM

As we look at pastoral theology and life, the temptation is to look at current trends and jump on the …Continue reading » [Biblical Studies] [Ministry] [old testament] [Pastoral Formation]

January 16, 11AM

My mother has kept a diary since 1934, almost every day for 75 years. She recorded personal thoughts, local events, …Continue reading » [Personal Reflection]

January 15, 12 PM

Editing Error in HCSB UltraThin Reference Bible In our family devotion we are reading 1 Corinthians. Two nights ago I …Continue reading » [Personal Reflection]

January 11, 8AM

My good friend, Curt Leins, has written an insightful and helpful post, It’s an Epidemic!. He addresses one problem in …Continue reading » [Personal Reflection]

December 27 2013, 1PM

Learning Greek I had taught myself Greek back in 1980 and 1982 (while still in the Navy) prior to going …Continue reading » [Book Reviews] [Greek] [languages] [New Testament] [Personal Reflection]

December 26, 1PM

During the past two weeks I purchased two more editions of the HCSB translation (both were on sale!). This review …Continue reading » [HCSB]

December 24, 2PM

The Dividing Line John 1:1-18 A dividing line signifies many things. As a kid I remember drawing a line with …Continue reading » [Biblical Studies] [New Testament] [Personal Reflection]

December 19, 5PM

One of my favorite secular “Christmas seasonal” songs is by Elvis Presley, “Blue Christmas.” It brings back memories from many …Continue reading » [Personal Reflection] [Tentatio]

December 14, 10PM

Sometimes we lived isolated lives. Despite the internet, cell phones, instant communication, we either ignore or never see what many …Continue reading » [Ministry] [Tentatio]

November 30, 9PM

Osborne, Larry. Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret: Why Serial Innovators Succeed Where Others Fail (leadership Network Innovation Series). Zondervan, 2013. Thanks …Continue reading » [Book Reviews] [Ministry] [Pastoral Formation]

November 21, 12 PM

I am rereading the book Multipurpose Tools for Bible Study, by Frederick W. Danker (Fortress Press, 2003). This is my 3rd …Continue reading » [New Testament] [Personal Reflection]

November 14, 11AM

What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: a Survey of Jesus’ Bible. ed. Jason DeRouchie. Kregel Academic, 2013. I …Continue reading » [Biblical Studies] [Book Reviews] [old testament]

October 18, 10AM

Hellerman, Joseph. Embracing Shared Ministry: Power and Status in the Early Church and Why it Matters Today. Kregel Ministry, 2013. …Continue reading » [Biblical Studies] [Ministry] [New Testament] [Pastoral Formation]

October 14, 11AM

Where do we flee to receive comfort in times of tribulation, suffering of the soul? Many times we are directed …Continue reading » [Biblical Studies] [Tentatio]

October 11, 12 PM

I have been using this resource for several months for daily devotional reading of the Bible. I like many aspects …Continue reading » [Personal Reflection]

October 3, 10AM

Another Call to Review HCSB and God’s Name As I have been reading through HCSB for daily devotions I have …Continue reading » [Biblical Studies] [HCSB] [old testament] [translations]

September 26, 10AM

Leaders judging Yesterday I posted about Numbers 35 and the role of judging in the life of God’s people (Who …Continue reading » [Biblical Studies] [HCSB] [old testament] [translations]

September 25, 1PM

Judging the Heart? ”Who made you judge?” Have you ever heard that question? About yourself? I have. And usually it …Continue reading » [Biblical Studies] [New Testament] [old testament]

September 24, 10AM

Do you ever read something several times over many years, but forget? Yeah, I do, too. As I am reading …Continue reading » [Biblical Studies] [GW] [HCSB] [old testament] [translations]

September 23, 10AM

In my devotional reading recently I have noticed an unusual rendering in Leviticus and Numbers. The reading was jarring because …Continue reading » [Biblical Studies] [GW] [HCSB] [NIV 2011] [old testament] [translations]

September 16, 9AM

Exposing wounds can be a good thing. Rather, exposing wounds is a good thing.  Growing up I lived in a …Continue reading » [Ministry] [New Testament] [Personal Reflection] [Tentatio]

September 4, 8PM

It has been a year since we converted to using GW and HCSB for our worship readings. Initially we alternated …Continue reading » [Biblical Studies] [GW] [HCSB] [translations]

August 19, 10AM

In conversations with people over the past 30+ years, I have found a profound lack of knowing and fully grasping …Continue reading » [Biblical Studies] [Doctrine- Systematics] [New Testament]

August 12, 9AM

I am traveling again this week. Seems like I have been on the road since mid June…, well, I have …Continue reading » [Personal Reflection]

August 2, 12 PM

I have known Debbie for 18 months, and meeting with her once. She had battled depression and alcoholism for years. …Continue reading » [Tentatio]

July 3, 8AM

I grew up in northern Minnesota. On vacation now, I have traveled to a few places that bring back memories …Continue reading » [Personal Reflection]

June 5, 10AM

Kierspel, Lars. Charts on the Life, Letters, and Theology of Paul (Kregel Charts of the Bible). Kregel Publications, 2012. Kregel …Continue reading » [Biblical Studies] [Book Reviews] [New Testament]

June 3, 12 PM

Over the past several decades I have mentioned that the “good old days” were not necessarily good for many, if …Continue reading » [Ministry] [My church] [Personal Reflection]

May 31, 9PM

Harvey, John. Interpreting the Pauline Letters: An Exegetical Handbook (Handbooks for New Testament Exegesis). Kregel Academic, 2012. The author takes …Continue reading » [Personal Reflection]

May 23, 3PM

About the gravatar I recently changed my main gravatar to this one of a thrashing machine. For many people the …Continue reading » [Personal Reflection]

May 22, 3PM

Faithfulness of Jesus Christ? Or faith in Jesus Christ? In my continuing look at translations, I have come upon an …Continue reading » [New Testament] [NIV 2011] [translations]

May 14, 4PM

Is our memory as long as the last media clip on the internet? Is our attention drawn to the urgent—always? Nearly 50 years ago a book was published with the title Tyranny of the Urgent. The problem? The urgent often clouds our ability to see the importa... [Oratio] [Tentatio]

May 10, 9PM

Kopp, Heather Harpham. Sober Mercies: How Love Caught Up With a Christian Drunk. Jericho Books, 2013. I have read thousands of books over the last 50 years, many of them very good, a few superb. And I have read more intently many in the last two years. I ... [Book Reviews] [Tentatio]

May 3, 8PM

I just finished reading a gripping book. Normally I read books very quickly. This one I could not. I knew some men who fought in World War I. The “war to end all wars” was not the glamorous new era, but a continuation of the reality of sin, and the de... [Personal Reflection] [Tentatio]

May 1, 9AM

Cry for Help Yesterday’s post about “hollering and whimpering” when at the bottom of the depression barrel triggered further thoughts. And then this morning I read in Exodus After a long time, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned because o... [Meditatio] [old testament] [Tentatio]

April 30, 9AM

Did I know what I needed? Not really. I could neither holler nor whimper. Heather Kopp wrote on her blog a couple weeks ago about the blahs she was experiencing. As she wrote about needing help, she related it to Jesus’ question to the blind man in Luk... [Meditatio] [Tentatio]

April 28, 9PM

I am teaching a seminary course on Law and Gospel. In preparation for that I am rereading C. F. W. Walther’s Proper Distinction between Law and Gospel. This is my fifth time reading the book, yet this is the first time I recall Martin Luther’s commen... [Personal Reflection] [Tentatio]

April 27, 8AM

Bateman, Herbert IV. Charts on the Book of Hebrews (Kregel Charts of the Bible and Theology). Kregel Publications, 2012. My passion is teaching, especially the Bible. Therefore, I look for any tool that will help teach, explain, expand, and clarify. I hav... [Personal Reflection]

April 26, 8PM

Catching up on my reading lists: I have been reading quite a bit lately. Up until 1998 I would read 4-5 fiction books, 2-3 historical books, plus 3-4 theological books every week. But since then have not read many historical works. Now I read 2-4 fiction ... [Personal Reflection]

April 10, 10AM

Ann Voskamp has a way with words and images. Her post from Monday looks at the need and opportunity for the Church to minister to those who hurt. She challenges the Church to be Church for those who suffer and the families who endure. What Christians Need... [Ministry] [Personal Reflection] [Tentatio]

April 9, 11AM

This post is one that I thought I would never write. Not because it is bad, but the opposite. I have battled severe depression for at least the past 30 years, always between the end of January to the beginning of April (except for 1997-1999 when it went o... [Tentatio]