Hebrew Bible reading. . .
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by Pastor Peters
21h ago
Only recently I have heard it not once but a dozen times.  The Old Testament reference was spoken of as a reading from the Hebrew Bible.  Curious?  Were the New Testament readings from the Greek Bible?  What is the source of this distinction and what is its meaning?  Hebrew terms such as miqra (“scripture”) or kitve haqqodesh (“sacred texts”) are common words for the Bible (what Christians ordinarily call the Old Testament). Its tripartite division into the Torah (Law), Nevi’im (Prophets), and Ketuvim (Writings) eventually produced the term Tanakh. The division into ..read more
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If only God had known. . .
Pastoral Meanderings
by Pastor Peters
2d ago
On another Lutheran forum the argument continues.  The passages in Scripture that speak of a man not having sex with another man as with a woman were descriptive of forced sex, rape.  The Scriptures did not know anything like what we know of today -- a committed, caring, loving, and married relationship between two men or two women.  So Scripture is really therefore silent on the matter of a committed, caring, loving, and married relationship between two people of the same sex.  Yeah.  Right. Quite apart from the arguments over the texts themselves is the presumption ..read more
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Don't you love open questions?
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by Pastor Peters
3d ago
In our imagined understanding of Christianity, there are few real fundamental doctrines which must be believed and the rest are all open questions.  It does not matter how you answer them, if you have the core convictions correct.  In this modern day view of things, even the Trinity is not quite essential.  We have long ago gravitated more to the idea of a single God with three persons being a confusing muddle which we attach to His unity out of deference to those who went before.  Some Christians call this unitarian God Father, others Jesus, and still others the Spirit.&n ..read more
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When temptation comes. . .
Pastoral Meanderings
by Pastor Peters
4d ago
Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent (B), preached on Sunday, February 18, 2024. When it comes to the temptation of our Lord, Mark is entirely too simple for our taste.  We get nothing of the back and forth between Satan and Jesus, nothing of the hunger building within the fasting Jesus, and nothing of the response of Jesus from the Word of God.  This is what we get.  “He was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan.”   Part of our dissatisfaction with Mark’s account is that we want to believe that temptation is complicated.  We like complicated things.&nb ..read more
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Is your home a holy place?
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by Pastor Peters
5d ago
Though some will immediately equate this title with behavior, I refuse to fall into that trap.  This is not about improving your personal righteousness so that you need Christ's less.  Holiness is never a matter of mere behavior and is always the one thing that will change even stubborn behavioral traits.  Holiness is where God is.  Where God is, there is holiness.  The sacred was never a matter of the space itself but who inhabits that space, what happens there, and from whom the direction of that space comes.  The church is a holy place not because it has been ..read more
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The end goal. . .
Pastoral Meanderings
by Pastor Peters
6d ago
Over the years my patience has worn thin on the typical argument between conservative and liberal (or progressive).  The reality is that while conservative was once a fairly defined position, it is less so today.  Whether politics or religion, culture or society, conservatives seem incapable of partnership or cooperation.  It is the perfect and not the good they will accept.  Such an all or nothing approach has led to the practical impotence of their noble argument because they are more interested in tearing down others than they are working for a particular cause or outco ..read more
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The sacrament of orgasm. . .
Pastoral Meanderings
by Pastor Peters
1w ago
Not everything is about sex.  At least that is what some are trying to say.  But it appears that the Vatican today is more about sex then less.  A newly minted cardinal who has jurisdiction over the content of what is believed and confessed by Rome apparently is also the author of a controversial book on “spirituality and sensuality” which was, surprise! surprise!, omitted from his biography and resume.  Cardinal Víctor Fernández seems to have forgotten than nothing is really hidden or forgotten.  The 1998 book published in Mexico has reappeared.  Look for his wo ..read more
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The world keeps getting stranger. . . .
Pastoral Meanderings
by Pastor Peters
1w ago
In what is clearly about semantics and not about truth, it appears that some marketers of tampons are widening their reach to include not just women.  Ah, but you say, what men would be interested in tampons?  Those who identify as men but who have female reproductive organs or those who are not quite sure what they identify as but have female reproductive organs.  The advertising battle is about money and if accepting the confusion over gender is a ploy for sales, then it appears some manufacturers are not above marketing to the quirks and curiosities of the current gender con ..read more
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The Greatest Revelation. . .
Pastoral Meanderings
by Pastor Peters
1w ago
Sermon for the Transfiguration of Our Lord (B), preached on Sunday, February 11, 2024. No one would expect the disciples to fully get who Jesus is right away.  Jesus does not.  He nurtures them in the faith, revealing Himself to them, revealing Himself in the Scriptures, and revealing His purpose in coming.  Jesus identity is obvious to us but it was hidden behind miracle and message that often left the disciples dazed and confused.  But when it comes to this day and what happens upon the Mount of Transfiguration, the glory of our Lord is revealed, the scales fall away fro ..read more
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Luther on the Transfiguration
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by Pastor Peters
1w ago
Borrowed from the Rev. Stephen Preus and the LCMS website. To consider Christ’s glorious Transfiguration on its own is eye-opening; to hear how Luther describes this glory as yours nearly bursts the eyes from their sockets, bringing hope to the Christian heart. Luther’s use of the Transfiguration to teach the hope we have in the resurrection of the body is truly wonderful, for when you hear the vivid picture of how Jesus’ “face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light” (Matthew 17:2), Luther would have you see what this means for your eternal good: The resurrection of the dead ..read more
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