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It’s the Third Day of Christmas as I write this article and New Year’s Eve is four days away. Many people still have most of their Christmas decorations out in observance of the Twelve Days of Christmastide, and my wife Hilary and I recently noticed a front lawn Nativity display with an illuminated set of Holy Family figurines. But strangely, the light coming from the Baby Jesus was flashing on and off! So we had a quick laugh about it. However, the image of that blinking-light Baby Jesus stayed with me. (more…)

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Christian-Fish-2015081Bishop Johnson, the national bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCC), recently stated the following: “We human beings are a weird mix of both desiring and resisting change… God is calling us to a new thing, a new way of being Church. The hard part is that we don’t know what this new thing is yet.” (more…)

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Ash WednesdayHave you ever watched a large bird high in the sky?  Have you ever watched how it stretches wide its wings and floats effortlessly in the air?

Likewise, by the grace of God our (more…)

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On Reformation Sunday in October we will again commemorate the Protestant Reformation of the Sixteenth Century that brought renewal to the Medieval Church.  And the essential principles for the Protestant Reformation, especially for us Lutherans, are (more…)

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In last month’s article, I challenged the medieval concept of Penal Substitutionary Atonement, a well-established atonement theory that asserts Jesus essentially saved us from God by being our substitute for punishment. (more…)

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Happy Easter Everyone!!!

In last month’s article, I stated the following:  “We are saved by God’s grace through the free gift of faith — not by our works — so that we might live repentant, God-conscious lives of good works for the glory of God and the benefit of all people everywhere!”

However, I neglected to explain what we are saved from. (more…)

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Almighty and wonderful God, we are thankful for your all-pervading, all-encompassing, eternal Presence within and beyond us.

One God of all, our thanks and praise belong to you, because you are the source and ground of all being.  In you we live, move and have our being, O Lord!  (more…)

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