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Invocavit: the first Sunday in Lent

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O LORD, mercifully hear our prayer, and stretch forth the right hand of Thy Majesty to defend us from them that rise up against us; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.

-- Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church

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March 01, 2020

Lent (2020)

on sin, hopelessness, and faith

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Pow!

Right between the eyes.

The readings appointed for Ash Wednesday hit us hard with our sinfulness, harder than probably any other readings during the Church Year. Today the Law thunders down with sobering fierceness. As we hear it, we must concede that the deliberately examined life cannot help but lead us to . . .

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February 26, 2020

Quinquagesima Sunday (2020)

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O LORD, we beseech Thee mercifully hear our prayers, and, having set us free from the bonds of sin, defend us from all evil; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.

-- Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church

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February 23, 2020

resources for students of the Septuagint

three tremendous helps from Hendrickson publishers

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With Hendrickson's release in late 2018 of the Reader's Septuagint, I began looking for resources to help me in my LXX reading and study. Thankfully, Hendrickson has also blessed us with a host of books to deepen our knowledge of Septuagint Greek. This post will review three. The first two have been around for several years . . .

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February 21, 2020

Romans 1 speaks to ALL of us

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Evangelicals and political conservatives are quick to use Romans 1 as a proof-text against the sin of homosexuality. While this chapter speaks plainly that homosexuality is sinful and a result of mankind's willful disregard of God from natural revelation, it is much more than simply a proof text against this pet sin of . . .

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February 20, 2020

Sexagesima Sunday (2020)

contemplating collects

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O Lord God, Who seest that we put not our trust in anything that we do: Mercifully grant that by Thy power we may be defended against all adversity: through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen

-- Common Service Book of the . . .

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February 16, 2020

Septuagesima Sunday (2020)

contemplating collects

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O Lord, we beseech Thee favorably to hear the prayers of Thy people: that we, who are justly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by Thy goodness, for the glory of Thy Name; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.

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February 09, 2020

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