to Promise at the beginning of the month to post more often. I forgot that this was not a good idea during the last four weeks of the quarter.
So, for now, I'll put in a plug for Table Talk Radio.
One of the hosts, Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller interviews Dr. James Nestingen. It's worth a listen, if you have the time. Click here to listen to their conversation.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
How radical does this seem to modern ears?
I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to him.This article is a direct assault on Americanized Christianity. The "American Spirit" which has in it's mind that a man can do anything for which he strives. Every little 1st and 2nd grader is told that, yes, if they so strive, they can even become president of the United States. But, this is all just a lie.
Not every little 1st and 2nd grader can become president no matter how hard they strive, only 44 men in the history of the U.S. have become president. 44 men out of millions. And those 44 men in no way got to that honored position by their own reason or strength. Each one had his friends. Each one had is backers with money to support him. Perhaps even some of them have been qualified for the position, but it was not simply by their own reason or strength that got them there.
How much more honorable then is the position of being one of God's children? Is not this position far greater than that of being the President of the United States? So, then how could something of more honorable position be even more attainable by the self than that of the presidency? The fact is, it is not more attainable.
Though being God's child is not even remotely attainable by us, herein lies the greatest thing comfort. We need not be concerned to attain such a high position by our own doing. Instead, we can take comfort that the Holy Spirit has indeed brought us to such a position in that he,
called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.For while, not every 1st and 2nd grader can become president, God desires that all men be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. And that Truth is life in Jesus Christ who has borne the sins of the whole world on his back, that you might have sonship in Him.
This is why he does not leave it up to you to be saved, but has instead given this as the task of the Holy Spirit in His Holy Word.
+Kyrie Eleison+ for this late night post.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
It warmed up enough.
Now those pesky geese are back on campus.
Although, I think they may be confused a bit. See, the pond has had to be almost completely drained in order for the construction company to do some preliminary work on the foundations for the new library.
It'll be interesting to see how the geese react to this. I'll keep you updated.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Theological speculation has been the problem with many theologians in the past and it led to heresy. Too often does scripture speak on a subject then the human mind makes that extra non-biblical jump into a reasoned guess about what the conclusion is. The problem that many people have is letting scripture speak where it speaks and letting it be silent where it is silent.
However, I think too often this is used a cop out when we don't know about a certain aspect of Scripture. Too quick, I think, do we jump to this conclusion and let things lie.
Thus, it went in a discussion from lunch today. The topic of "When did the fall of Satan and his angels occur?" came up because it was brought up in another seminarian's youth Sunday School class. Upon hearing this another seminarian chimed in "We have no idea, so there nothing to discuss." But should the discussion really end like that?
Truly, we have no exactness of when this occurred. However, it would be wrong to simply state this to the kids. For Scripture does speak on the fall of Satan. What would be best is to discuss those passages which speak on it then make the conclusion that Scripture does not explicitly tell us when.
In this way do you let scripture limit the conversation, while at the same time the "people" see that you have not simply brushed the question aside but have actually thought about this. Thus, you build their confidence in you for future conversations.