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  • Infertility in the Bible

    Infertility in the Bible

    One painful experience that is repeated throughout the Scriptures is infertility. It’s surprising how many biblical stories involve infertility. Abraham and Sarah (Genesis 11-21), Isaac...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 9

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 9

    In Mark 9:30-37, Jesus’ disciples demonstrate concern over who is the greatest. The issue of rank among the twelve takes on new meaning as we consider the context of the passage.

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  • Samuel: Prophet, Priest, and Judge

    Samuel: Prophet, Priest, and Judge

    This blog post is an excerpt from the Lutheran Bible Companion, Volume 1: Introduction and Old Testament. 

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  • On Preaching About Hell: Gerhard’s Advice

    On Preaching About Hell: Gerhard’s Advice

    This blog post is adapted from Gerhard’s Theological Commonplace On the End of the World and On Hell, or Eternal Death, specifically Gerhard’s notes on the practical pastoral benefits...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 7

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 7

    Mark’s Gospel is one of immediacy. Without the account of John the Baptist’s birth or that of Jesus Christ, Mark moves immediately to Jesus calling the disciples, healing, casting out...

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  • Redemption and Symbolism in Ruth

    Redemption and Symbolism in Ruth

    This blog post is adapted from Lutheran Bible Companion, Volume 1: Introduction and Old Testament.  One of the first matters to require attention is the real import of Ruth’s...

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  • Works-Righteousness: Luther’s Response to His Opponents

    Works-Righteousness: Luther’s Response to His Opponents

    This blog post is adapted from Luther’s Works, Volume 61: Theological and Polemical Works. These notations made by Martin Luther regarding the Bible passages used by his opponents to...

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  • Preaching on Texts That Are Light with Gospel

    Preaching on Texts That Are Light with Gospel

    One of the challenges that pastors face as they prepare sermons is what to do with texts that are heavy on Law and light on Gospel. As I look at the four assigned lectionary texts for...

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  • The Order of Creation and the Pastoral Office

    The Order of Creation and the Pastoral Office

    This blog post is adapted from Male & Female: Embracing Your Role in God’s Design.  The order of creation and the unique relationship between head and helper in marriage intersects...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Genesis 9

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Genesis 9

    Relief had finally come. God created Adam and Eve perfectly. But their wicked transgressions brought sin into the world, taking the Lord’s unblemished creation into destruction. Adam...

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  • Creating a Podcast for Your Ministry

    Creating a Podcast for Your Ministry

    The pandemic caused church attendance to hit an unprecedented low for a couple of months last year. My father, who is an LCMS pastor, and I were sitting around one afternoon in March...

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  • Worshiping Idols in the Book of Judges

    Worshiping Idols in the Book of Judges

    This blog post is an excerpt from the Lutheran Bible Companion, Volume 1: Introduction and Old Testament.  By breaking the seemingly innocuous command to “make no covenant with the...

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  • Free from Sin through Christ

    Free from Sin through Christ

    In recent years, we have seen rapid shifts in our culture. These can leave us wondering about our condition as we stand before God. Gene Edward Veith Jr. discusses this question in...

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  • Haggai: A Return from Exile and Reverse Culture Shock

    Haggai: A Return from Exile and Reverse Culture Shock

    One of the most overlooked books in the Bible is that of the prophet Haggai. Still, this brief book holds a relatable experience to our current context this summer in the United...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 4

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 4

    In Mark 4, Jesus and the disciples are on a boat in the Sea of Galilee when a violent storm arises. Crippled with fear, the disciples wake their sleeping Savior. Jesus takes this...

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  • Renewal of the Covenant in Joshua

    Renewal of the Covenant in Joshua

    After God had graciously formed Jacob’s descendants into His covenant people and named them as His own, He provided them a choice for the future: “If you will … then I will … ”...

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  • The Development of the Formula of Concord

    The Development of the Formula of Concord

    This blog post is adapted from The Formula of Concord: The Epitome and Solid Declaration. Read below to learn about the development of the Formula of Concord in Lutheran history.

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  • How Peter References the Psalms in Acts

    How Peter References the Psalms in Acts

    From Ascension to Trinity Sunday, the three-year lectionary treats us to four straight readings from the first two chapters of Acts. Before Jesus ascends into the heavens, He directs...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Ezekiel 37

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Ezekiel 37

    Incarnation and spiritual life bring unity to Ezekiel 37, Psalm 139, Acts 2, John 15, and John 16. In his description of the Valley of Dry Bones, Ezekiel writes, “And I will lay sinews...

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  • The Covenant in Deuteronomy

    The Covenant in Deuteronomy

    In the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses preaches a series of sermons or discourses to the Israelites as they prepare to cross the Jordan River and enter the Promised Lane. Although each of...

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