simply, Christian

praying in the midst of pandemic fear

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In this week's collect, we prayed for God's protection of body and soul.

Almighty God, Who seest that of ourselves we have no strength: Keep us both outwardly and inwardly; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; . . .

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March 12, 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

no, Virginia, there is no repentance after death

commentary on heresy in our local parish

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It is the practice of our current pastor to occasionally replace his sermon with the faith testimony of one of the members of our congregation. While we could debate the appropriateness of having only a testimony and not a homily during formal worship, I understand and appreciate his intent--fostering community by building . . .

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January 29, 2020

the day the Just War tradition died

generations of ethical thought overthrown with a single tweet

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Traditionally, the United States has followed (or at least aimed to follow) the principles of the Just War tradition. We have used these guiding principles to bring focus and restraint to our warfighting through the years. Of course, there are specific instances of when we have failed to follow them--firebombing German cities, dropping . . .

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January 07, 2020

God's Word...a groundbreaking translation

God's Word

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With the recent announcement of a new, wide-margin edition of the God's Word translation of the bible, I thought it appropriate to look at some of the best features and translation choices of this lesser known bible translation. When first introduced in 1995 many of these translation choices were novel. Since then, . . .

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December 19, 2019

advent: learning to wait in an impatient culture

why we desperately need the training ground of advent

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(this is an updated version of a post I originally wrote in 2017)

In a letter to his fiancee Maria von Wedmeyer from prison in December 1943, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote:

Celebrating Advent means being able to wait. Waiting is an art that our impatient age has forgotten...Whoever does not know the austere blessedness . . .

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December 03, 2019

Luther on casting burdens upon the Lord

"Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you..." Ps 55.22

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Whoever desires to be a Christian must learn to believe this, and to exercise this faith in all his affairs, in physical and in spiritual things, in doing and in suffering, in living and dying, and to cast aside all anxious thoughts and care and throw them cheerfully off. Yet he must not throw them into a corner, as some have . . .

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October 03, 2019

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