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Luther on Freedom and Considering Others

Luther is famous for, among other things, his writing on Christian freedom.  Rare indeed is the seminarian, pastor, or interested reader who is not familiar with his words in "The Freedom of a Christian," where Luther famously writes, "Christian man is the most free lord of all, and subject to none, a Christian man is the . . .

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September 03, 2008

More Luther on Prayer

Writing on Psalm 51, Luther says:

I have learned from my own experience that praying is often the most difficult thing to do.  I don't hold myself up as a master of prayer.  In fact, I admit that I have often said these words coldly: "God, have mercy on me."  I prayed that way because I was worried . . .

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September 03, 2008

Luther on Making Time for Prayer

More good advice from Dr. Luther:

It's good to let prayer be the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night.  Be on guard against false, deceitful thoughts that say, "Wait awhile; you can pray in an hour  First, you must finish this or that."  For with such thoughts, you . . .

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September 02, 2008

A-musement (29 Aug)

Haven't had any a-musement around here for a while...and with McCain's announcement of Sarah Palin for VP, this seems fitting:


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August 29, 2008

Hurricane Meditation

From last night's Psalter reading:

Hurricane Rita picture

69:1 Save me, O God!

For the waters have come up to my neck.

2 I sink in deep mire,

where there is no foothold;

I have come into deep waters,

and the flood sweeps over me.

3 I am weary with my crying out;

my throat is parched.

My eyes grow dim

. . .

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August 29, 2008

Bonhoeffer on God's Will (from Ethics)

Last week I picked up Bonhoeffer's Ethics.  I honestly didn't know what to expect from this work, but I did anticipate a satisfying challenge to wrestle again with this 20th-century theological giant.  Having only read his Cost of Discipleship, however, I was unprepared for the struggle that lay ahead of me...this book is . . .

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August 27, 2008

Luther on the Prosperity Gospel

It's no secret that American Evangelical Christianity is obsessed with prosperity, health, wealth, material blessing, and positive self-image.  (Your honor, exhibits A, B, and C:  TBN, Joel Osteen, and Lakewood)  That statement isn't even scandalous enough to draw a reaction on the won't even raise . . .

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August 26, 2008