The Name of God 2

The Name of God. Speaking the Name of God. But not using or speaking the Name of God lightly or misusing or using in vain is what the Third Command is all about: “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his [Read More...]

The Name of God

The Name of God. Speaking the Name of God. But not using or speaking the Name of God lightly or misusing or using in vain … but how? And what about Christians, non-Hebrew speaking Christians, who never use YHWH and use translations that have LORD and not YHWH? What about us? What are we to [Read More...]

The Lord Alone 4

The Second Command is not to make a graven image — an idol. Here is the text from Exodus 20:4-6: 4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them [Read More...]

The Lord Alone 3

What does “You shall have no other gods before me” mean? Are there any reliable or insightful indicators when we have crossed the line of this command? Or, as too many have suggested, is this really only about being a monotheist — a person who thinks there’s only one God? Are we assaulted with temptations [Read More...]

The Lord Alone 2

What does it mean to be saved? to be redeemed? to be ransomed? It means to be a person who lives out that salvation, that redemption and that ransom by making God the Lord alone. It means obedience to the God who sets us free. The biggest mistake of Christians today is to make obedience [Read More...]

The Lord Alone 1

For a variety of reasons, not least a dispensational upbringing, some Lutheran law vs. gospel theology, and then a radical New Testament theology that the Torah was in use only until the era of the Holy Spirit, the Ten Commandments have not figured prominently in my own ethical thinking. I memorized them as a kid [Read More...]


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