Living among the tombs

Our pastor (and son-in-law) Ned Moerbe had an outstanding sermon last Sunday on the demoniac of the Gerasenes (Luke 8:26-39).  It is a model of Christological, law & gospel Biblical exposition.   Read a sample of what I mean after the jump. [Read more…]

The first day of summer and God’s promises

In our Bible class on Sunday, in which we studied the flood in Genesis, we read another one of those verses I never noticed before:  “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease” (Genesis 8:22).

 It isn’t just the rainbow but the ordering of nature in time, the reliability of day following night,  and the cycles of the seasons that are signs of God’s reliability in change, that He keeps His promises.

This is a good verse to contemplate today,  the first day of summer.


What does it mean to be “blessed”?

“This is a real blessing.”  “I have been so blessed.”  “Count your blessings.”  “God bless you!”  “The Lord bless you and keep you. . .”  The word blessing expresses an important concept in Christian spirituality.  But what, exactly, does it mean?

My daughter, Mary Moerbe, has written a book on the subject, entitled Blessed:  God’s Gift of Love, drawing on the doctoral research of CPH editor Christopher Mitchell.

Read it.  You will find it a real blessing.  (sorry)

In the meantime, before you read the book and get all the answers, how would you describe what it means to be “blessed”?  The Bible talks about God blessing us, but it also says that we should “bless the Lord.”  How do we do that?  What does it mean when a pastor blesses us?

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Trump’s favorite Bible verse

As you may have heard, Donald Trump told an interviewer that his favorite Bible verse was “an eye for an eye.”  He was referring to Leviticus 24:20.  I guess he hasn’t got to Matthew 5:38-39.  Read the details and the context after the jump.

Is that Levitical principle of retaliation–which commenters say limits revenge to the injury incurred–appropriate for non-Levitical governments?  Does the doctrine of the Two Kingdoms give a place for this principle?  And even if it does, what does it say that retaliation is this presidential candidate’s favorite verse? [Read more…]

Problems praying? Pray the Psalms

Continuing our reflections on the Psalms, Pastor Peters at Pastoral Meanderings has a great post on praying the Psalms.  He shows the centrality of the Psalms for Luther and then makes a superb application:  “If you are having problems praying and know that you should be praying more, try the pattern of reading a Psalm each day, reflecting upon its words, and then praying that Psalm as your daily prayer.”   [Read more…]

Reading the Psalms

The site with the video conversation on the Psalms by Bono and Eugene Peterson includes some useful tips from theology professor David Taylor on reading the Psalms.  Read them after the jump.

What are your favorite Psalms? [Read more…]