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"I Must Have Done Something Good"

“I Must Have Done Something Good”

When I was a little girl, our family’s acquisition of a VCR coincided with my older sister’s debut in several small town musical productions. This meant that I could watch Annie, The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, and The Fiddler on the Roof to my heart’s content, when not elbowing my brother out of the way when he wanted to watch Star Wars. I watched the Fiddler on the Roof on VHS so many times that the tapes warped. We also had vinyl records of musical soundtracks, and hearing a needle hit the vinyl still makes my throat catch before I…

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An Interesting Resource

The Reformed site Monergism.com’s focus of June is the Law/Gospel distinction. While coming at the subject from a decidedly Calvinist position, there are also featured articles from Martin Luther and 19th Century Lutheran luminary C.F.W. Walther.

This is a tremendously informative site that is very generous to Lutherans and Protestant Anglicans.

Genuine Christian Theology is about the Promises in Christ, as opposed to Philosophies of Grace

Genuine Christian Theology is about the Promises in Christ, as opposed to Philosophies of Grace

An excerpt from Oswald Bayer’s Theology the Lutheran Way:

(On Psalm 51)
The words of the psalm compel us to speak of sin and grace. Theology can have no other theme. But even sin and grace can be spoken of philosophically, meaning “metaphysically”, “morally”, or “historically.” The “rule” Luther uses to judge the genuineness of theology is this: “By divine promises and laws, not by human rules, ‘so that you are justified in your words’” (v.4). To speak theologically of sin and grace means to speak of God’s promise (promissio) and of his law (lex), of the accusing and killing law (Gesetz)…

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Kelly Clarkson and Moses, Meet Wilfried Joest and the Supremes

Kelly Clarkson and Moses, Meet Wilfried Joest and the Supremes

Earlier today I was pondering the old question of what Kelly Clarkson, Moses, and the Supremes have in common with 20th century Lutheran theologian Wilfried Joest.

Fortunately for us all, I finally hit on the answer!

They all agree that we need to stop what we’re doing and just kind of chill out.

It’s obvious once you start looking for it:

Stop! In the name of love.

– The Supremes

God begins his work with us when our own activity goes quiet—when we have become passive before him, both inwardly and outwardly. The zero point of human activity is the place where God does his work.

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