Review: Theology Is for Proclamation

Author: Gerhard O. Forde Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, 1990 Rating: 5/5 stars Review This is a great read for any theological student. However, as the book is geared towards proclamation/preaching from the pulpit in the public office of the pastor, this book will be most meaningful and insightful for pursuing pastors, particularly Lutheran pastors. Forde’s systematic theology is a […]

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The Seed of the Woman

Genesis 3:15, “Now, I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Own Hebrew translation.) Adam, Eve, their children, and their descendants through Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses and all Israel all had faith in this Seed who […]

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The Advents of Christ

Luke 21:27, “And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” Advent concluded some days ago. “Advent” comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning, “coming.” Every season of Advent, we celebrate the coming of our Lord as a lowly infant in the flesh, and after Christmas we look forward […]

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A Life of Suffering

Galatians 6:17, I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The season of Advent is the season leading up to Christmas when we remember the birth of Jesus Christ our King. It is a glorious day, but underneath it lies a somber tone, for we know the earthly fate of this King. Morbid philosophers express […]

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Aliens in this World

Revelation 3:21, “The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with Me on My throne.” Thus, how is it granted to us that we conquer? Through our own works and arduous efforts? By no means! Paul asks a series of rhetorical questions: Since God is for us, who can oppose us? Since God gave […]

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Forsake All Sin

Revelation 18:4, “Come out of her, My people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues.” Here, we hear God’s command to His people—the Church, not unbelievers—to flee from the Great Whore (cf. Revelation 17). Most English translations translate it, “the great prostitute.” It is a kind and generous translation. No, she […]

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The Good, Christian Death

Psalm 116:15, Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints. Was this translated right? Does God truly take pleasure in the death of His saints? Yes! If you still doubt, here is my own Hebrew translation: “Precious in the eyes of YHWH is the death of His faithful/godly ones.” Death is never good! […]

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Weakness of the Saints

Ecclesiastes 2:10, Consider the ancient generations and see: who trusted in the LORD and was put to shame? We cannot relate to the strengths of the saints—David the shepherd who killed lions and bears, and David the king who destroyed armies; Gideon the Manassite who defeated Midian; Samson the Danite who defeated the Philistines; Esther who […]

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Faith, Not Reason

Romans 4:19, [Abraham] did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. Abraham’s faith overcame reason. Though by reason Abraham knew it was impossible for Sarah to conceive not only because […]

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