Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Wisdom and Hope, 3/29/09

Wisdom and Hope: The History of Weekly Communion 5


In the Name of Jesus, 3/31

Posted today. :D

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Lent 5 - Hebrews 5


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Media Crisis!

Apologies, but technical difficulties have interrupted our posting of the video Lenten study of Luther's Large Catechism. And, sadly, last night's class will not be returning. I can't say how, but there was a glitch in the process of saving the initial .wmv file and the information was lost.

However, you can access the study notes in a .pdf file here.

Yet again I am suspecting that using a webcam to capture video is not the best way to achieve high-quality and reliable movies. ... saga to be continued....

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

In the Name of Jesus, 3/24/09

Now up at St. John Posts.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

No Wisdom and Hope this week

Due to a special Voters' Assembly, there was no Wisdom and Hope this week. Please enjoy our Lenten studies. We will return next week.

Lent 4 - Eph. 2


Friday, March 20, 2009

Catechism for Lent, Pt. 3

I had some trouble with the audio/video syncing from the original video...just bear with it and it evens itself out. :D


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

In the Name of Jesus 03/17/09

Next issue is up at St John Springfield.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Wisdom and Hope - 3/15/09

Wisdom and Hope: The History of Weekly Communion 4


Lent 3 - 1 Cor 1.


Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Large Catechism for Lent Part 2


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wisdom and Hope - 3/8/09

The History of Weekly Communion Pt. 3


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

In the Name of Jesus

Recently, I began a weekly E-News for the members of St. John ELC, where I serve, where the sermons you hear are preached, and where the classes you see are taught. The E-News contains, among other things, our calendar, information and hints for exploring the Lutheran world online, and a little tidbit called "Revitalization News."

Those of you who have found Babylon Falling more recently may not remember "Cross Theology." "Cross Theology" was my first blog, and it was a true blog. For a while, almost daily, I posted theology, thoughts and reflections from my final year at the Seminary. Though a return to blogging is likely not going to happen, the work I am doing in "Revitalization News" is quite similar.

The long and short of it will be helpful to know: St. John ELC will be participating in the English District-Missouri-Synod's "Revitalization Program." As with many things, there are strengths and weaknesses, but the reason for our participation is that we believe we can use this program to challenge ourselves to rethink and restructure ourselves in better reflecting and promoting our Lutheran confession of the faith. We do not necessarily expect the program to do this: we expect the program to give us the tools to do this ourselves.

For this reason, I invite you Lutherans who are out there in cyberspace to walk with us in this process, to read the E-News and leave your comments here for me, and, more importantly - the real reason I'm posting it at all - to be fed by that good old Cross Theology this burgeoning blogger once was so adapt at cranking out.

That all said, here are the links to the back issues of "In the Name of Jesus," the weekly E-News of St. John ELC of Springfield PA., including today's issue. Pax Christi!

In the Name of Jesus, 021009
In the Name of Jesus, 021709
In the Name of Jesus, 022409
In the Name of Jesus, 030309
In the Name of Jesus, 031009 (Today's issue)

PS...if you happen to make your way to the official site (the "back to St. John" link), just be warned: it is still very much under construction and has some real issues with Internet Explorer not reading the html correctly.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Lent 2 - Rom. 5


A brief word of disclaimer: In today's sermon I define and explain the term "justification" as meaning "made righteous," that is, declaring someone or something to be innocent because one actually is innocent. It is important to know that , according to the Bible, this innocence is not our own - it is not "impugned" as the papists teach, but is "imputed."

The reason I make this statement is because at various times, well-meaning Lutherans have taken issue with the phrase "made righteous" as a definition of justification because it can be unclear, perhaps allowing hearers to believe that this "being made righteous in Christ" is something completed by our works in the present - that the righteousness is and becomes our own. This is not what I am teaching, (as should be clear) nor do I believe it is the natural way to hear the words. But lest there be confusion about what we believe, teach and confess, I wanted to explain it.

Why didn't I just say that "justification" means "being declared righteous" and nothing more? Because that's not what the Bible teaches! When God declares something, it's not "as if" it were true. It's not that he said, "Let there be light," and it was "as if" there was light. It is not "as if" the forgiveness of sins washes your sins away, and only at the return of Christ are you actually sinless in God's sight. It is not "as if" the bread and wine are the body and blood of Jesus.

So also, Scripture is clear: you are in fact "justified," made righteous in God's sight, by grace, through faith, with an alien righteousness...a righteousness from outside your self: the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

I pray that my preaching of the wonderful Gospel is clear, but just in case, you now have my disclaimer. Pax Christi to you!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

The Large Catechism for Lent

Part 1 - Introduction, Preface and Commandments 1-4
The Large Catechism Pt. 1


Wisdom and Hope - 3/1/09

The History of Weekly Communion Pt. 2


Sunday, March 01, 2009

Lent 1 - James 1


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