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"Separating the Sheep from the Goats" (Sermon on Matthew 25:31-46, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
@John J Flanagan #1 You miss the point. The thief repented and had faith, but did not have the opportunity to do any good works. He was judged worthy of salvation because of his repentance. I have found this to be the hardest Christian teaching: Consider the parables of the workers in the vineyard (Matt 20:1-16) and the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). The whole point of these parables is that ...
    Paul of Alexandria at Nov 23 2014 08:32 pm

There is no Greater Rush than Chanting Shalom at the 5/2 Wiki Conference, by Pr. Rossow
Has anybody googled "christian entrepreneur"? As usual, lcmessers are picking up on a well blown, probably "about to die" fad! I stopped at 14 pages of organizations; there were more! ...
    helen at Nov 23 2014 08:11 pm

There is no Greater Rush than Chanting Shalom at the 5/2 Wiki Conference, by Pr. Rossow
@J. Dean #8 You speak the truth, J. ...
    Randy Yovanovich at Nov 23 2014 06:52 pm

There is no Greater Rush than Chanting Shalom at the 5/2 Wiki Conference, by Pr. Rossow
And if this is not dealt with in strong, stern terms a la I Corinthians 5, it will spread like a cancer. As good as it is that we are addressing it here, the Lutheran leadership MUST call this movement out, or it will expand its infection (this is basically what happens in evangelicalism: a bad idea infiltrates churches and is left alone, and more and more people become attracted to ...
    J. Dean at Nov 23 2014 06:47 pm

"Separating the Sheep from the Goats" (Sermon on Matthew 25:31-46, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
Thank you for a Christ centered, grace laden sermon! I take great comfort in knowing that the same one who died for me…will be the One who will be judging me. And also, that that judgement was let out ahead of time in my Baptism. Guilty! Put to death…but then raised again…with our ...
    Steve Martin at Nov 23 2014 06:40 pm

There is no Greater Rush than Chanting Shalom at the 5/2 Wiki Conference, by Pr. Rossow
>> A contemplative is someone who is being graced with a new perceptive appreciation, a capacity to see God in all things. Not gnosticism is ...
    GJG at Nov 23 2014 05:36 pm

Help buy a kid a Bible - Lutherans in Africa's "Operation Christmas Child"
What is wrong with Operation Christmas Child? It's a great project that benefits children all over the world, not just Africa. It provides not only gifts, but also hygiene items and age appropriate religious information in whichever language the child ...
    Donna at Nov 23 2014 05:26 pm

My Plea: Recognize Theosis
@T. R. Halvorson #38 I explained that as well. Some people had questioned Pr. Sonntag's assertion that the means of grace had as one of their purposes the furthering of sanctification. The first part of the Apology quote was relevant to that point. It says that the Gospel was given "for this very reason," namely, "that, being righteous [i.e. imputed righteousness, of the first kind] we might begin ...
    Aidan Clevinger at Nov 23 2014 04:56 pm

My Plea: Recognize Theosis
@TDD #39 when someone says that sanctification “means X”, that shouldn’t be construed as saying that “sanctification only entails X, and nothing else.” ...
    T. R. Halvorson at Nov 23 2014 04:54 pm

My Plea: Recognize Theosis
@TDD #40 Good point of clarifying the attribution. ...
    T. R. Halvorson at Nov 23 2014 04:53 pm

My Plea: Recognize Theosis
T. R. Halvorson : @Aidan Clevinger #34 I have said before that I don’t think everyone who is taking what might be dubbed Pr Cooper’s side are doing him any favors. He presented his teaching on these last comments on his blog, Just and Sinner, here     TDD at Nov 23 2014 04:49 pm

My Plea: Recognize Theosis
T. R. Halvorson : @Aidan Clevinger #34 Neither of you understood what I meant. I did not say that good works provide assurance or lead us to be more sure of justification. But the comment did not only use the word “means.” The interpretation of what you meant by that word was not from presupposition, but from context, from other words you also ...
    TDD at Nov 23 2014 04:47 pm

There is no Greater Rush than Chanting Shalom at the 5/2 Wiki Conference, by Pr. Rossow
And Ferguson too? Good point John. This is generic peace that they are praying for and not the peace of the Gospel. The scarier thing is that Cron actually believes that by singing that in a darkened auditorium, they are actually putting peace on those places. This grows out of the same view of reality (neoplatonism) that fuels the theosis ...
    Pastor Tim Rossow at Nov 23 2014 04:42 pm

My Plea: Recognize Theosis
@Aidan Clevinger #34 Neither of you understood what I meant. I did not say that good works provide assurance or lead us to be more sure of justification. But the comment did not only use the word "means." The interpretation of what you meant by that word was not from presupposition, but from context, from other words you also used, as when you quoted Ap saying, "so that we become ever ...
    T. R. Halvorson at Nov 23 2014 04:37 pm

My Plea: Recognize Theosis
@Aidan Clevinger #34 I have said before that I don't think everyone who is taking what might be dubbed Pr Cooper's side are doing him any favors. He presented his teaching on these last comments on his blog, Just and Sinner, here http://justandsinner.com/francis-pieper-the-necessity-of-sanctification-and-good-works-and-the-imperfection-of-sanctification/ which I commend to ...
    T. R. Halvorson at Nov 23 2014 04:24 pm

My Plea: Recognize Theosis
Aidan, I am glad you have explained ...
    Pastor Tim Rossow at Nov 23 2014 04:24 pm

My Plea: Recognize Theosis
@Pastor Tim Rossow #31 In light of the explanation I've made in the comment above, I'd like to request that you take down your comment. With all due respect, I'd rather not have unfounded accusations of heresy floating around about me on the ...
    Aidan Clevinger at Nov 23 2014 04:09 pm

My Plea: Recognize Theosis
@Pastor Tim Rossow #31 @T. R. Halvorson #33 Pr. Tim and T.R., Neither of you understood what I meant. I did not say that good works provide assurance or lead us to be more sure of justification. I said that sanctification means becoming more certain that God justifies and loves us in Christ. In other words, as we grow more certain of God's mercy, ...
    Aidan Clevinger at Nov 23 2014 04:07 pm

My Plea: Recognize Theosis
@Aidan Clevinger #33 A. I said I was concerned about sanctification/theosis theories leaking back into Justification. B. Opponents said, no, that's just a slippery slope fallacy. C. You say, "growth in sanctification always means becoming more certain that God justifies and loves us in ...
    T. R. Halvorson at Nov 23 2014 03:54 pm

There is no Greater Rush than Chanting Shalom at the 5/2 Wiki Conference, by Pr. Rossow
Katy and Syria have something in common? Help me out ...
    John Rixe at Nov 23 2014 03:48 pm

Walking in Di$agreement
BJS Editors and Team, there appears to be a LCMS immigration and discussion that was posted on Friday. But rats, I cannot open it up. Anyone know what the dialog is? It is a Lutheran Roundtable on Immigration ...
    Pastor David Prentice at Nov 23 2014 03:10 pm

Open Communion and Same-Sex Union Advocates United in Faulty Understanding of "Love"
@Grendelssohn #11 It seems you are in a bad place, that is so sad; perhaps I still think that there are places where Scripture and practice align to the Will of God. I know there are, at least one (my Church). In your case, perhaps the battle is this, do not let the practice hurt your faith and your understanding of good practice. You come to the Holy Meal, your Church with faith and good ...
    Pastor David Prentice at Nov 23 2014 03:02 pm

There is no Greater Rush than Chanting Shalom at the 5/2 Wiki Conference, by Pr. Rossow
Some Hebrew derivations of "Shalom" are "Shulam" as "it was paid for" or "Meshulam" as in "paid in advance." God comes to us in peace because Jesus paid for our sins when he died on the cross. May all the souls in Katy, Syria, Ferguson and all over the world hear the clear message of the Gospel. Jesus came into the world and died on the cross for our sins so that we may be at peace with and become children of God. May they come to join in ...
    ross at Nov 23 2014 01:55 pm

There is no Greater Rush than Chanting Shalom at the 5/2 Wiki Conference, by Pr. Rossow
Nice article, bro. ...
    Rev. Alan J. Wollenburg at Nov 23 2014 12:29 pm

My Plea: Recognize Theosis
Theosis/Divination/Christification Crowd, Anyone can cherry pick a few passages from Luther and make him say whatever he wants. I still await an answer to my queeries as to why "dung" has more entries (8) in Luther's Works than theosis (0), divination (0) and deification (0). I do not intend this finding to be some sort of absolute truth but it is certainly ...
    Pastor Tim Rossow at Nov 23 2014 10:04 am

My Plea: Recognize Theosis
Aidan @33, You continually make my point. Focusing on good works leads one astray. You actually said that growth in sanctification makes us more sure of God's mercy. Do you not realize that is heresy? You have undone the chief article, that of justification by claiming that works make faith sure. We will never convince the Trents, Holgers, and the like but I hope that you casual observers note this well. Aidan is a neophyte. He loves ...
    Pastor Tim Rossow at Nov 23 2014 09:58 am

My Plea: Recognize Theosis
Holger, I repeat, I did not intend to ridicule. Please tell me where I ...
    Pastor Tim Rossow at Nov 23 2014 09:50 am

My Plea: Recognize Theosis
Holger, Where did I use ridicule? You ask these questions: 1. Do you affirm the third use of the law, as taught in the Lutheran Confessions? If so, why do you think that the gospel is sufficient for bringing about good works and sanctification? I do affirm the third use as taught in the Confessions. As the Confessions say, we do indeed learn how to act by hearing the law. We learn. We are not moved by the law to do these things. ...
    Pastor Tim Rossow at Nov 23 2014 09:49 am

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    T. R. Halvorson at Nov 23 2014 09:17 am

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@Martin R. Noland #26 Give Piesporter Goldtröpfchen‎ a go, see if you like ...
    T. R. Halvorson at Nov 23 2014 09:14 am