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Heidelberg Disputation (Thesis 2)

The showdown with Aristotle continues. The good, the bad, and the ugly have just been told that keeping the law will not advance them towards righteousness, rather, it will hinder them and make them worse. Luther follows with some more shots in quick succession, with a rifle on loan to him by one Chuck Connors […]

The Reformation TULIP

As someone who appreciates and values the contributions of both Martin Luther and John Calvin, I am dumbfounded at how many Lutherans and Presbyterians there are who are arrogant towards the respective ‘leading men’ of the others’ church. I have seen Lutheran’s who despise Calvin as a reformation piggyback and look down on him as […]

Statistics and the Providence of God.

It’s funny how we use statistics to comfort us. With this Covid plague going on around us we can be fairly certain – statistically speaking – that most of us aren’t going to die from the virus. Yet, when we talk to those around us or when we look at the news, there is great […]

Heidelberg Disputation (Thesis 1)

Good citizens are those that keep the law right? Those who don’t speed, don’t shop lift, and do look after the property of others. Well that is how we as humans look at each other and judge whether we are good citizens, or ‘righteous’, according to our laws. From a human perspective, there is much […]

Heidelberg Disputation (Introduction)

Following the turmoil that posting the 95 theses instigated in October 1517, Luther’s own monastic order (the Augustinians) was pressured to investigate and critique Luther’s ‘new’ teaching. This occurred at the city of Heidelberg in Germany and Luther was asked to present his theology. This he did in the form of theses for academic discussion […]

My New Motorbike…

Having sold my Triumph some months ago – a decision the orthopaedic surgeon was pleased about – there were probably some ‘naysayers’ and ‘soothsayers’ out there who were disappointed and unconvinced I would ever get a bike again. Well, I am happy to say to my detractors that I am no longer ‘bike-less’. My new […]

The Word Became fresh…On exodus 4:24-26

Commenting on the below passage… ‘At a lodging place on the way the LORD met him and sought to put him to death. Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it and said, ‘Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me!’ So he let him […]

You can’t throw this baby out with the bathwater…(Matt 1:20&21)

This part of the birth story teaches us that this birth is no ordinary birth. Joseph found out that Mary was pregnant. What was he to do? Mary had been unfaithful—she had gotten pregnant by another man—or so he thought. While he had every right to divorce an unfaithful wife/fiancé, Joseph refused to trash her […]

Woe to you Padres and Chaplains…

Matthew 23:1–36 (NMV – Nathan’s Modified Version) Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, ‘The Padres and Chaplains sit in Christ’s office so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they claim to preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay […]

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