This one’s for you.

Subject: Last night’s sermon  

Format: mp3 audio                                             Portfolio 1 of 7 by SCUBAZOO      

Length:  15 minutes, 58 seconds

Place of origin: USA, Corona del Mar, CA

Topic: The spirituality of spearfishing for Tiger sharks on the Zimbabwe Estuary       …(right )

   

 

click here > ‘This one’s for you

 

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Seriously now. It’s about the elder son in the parable of the Prodigal Son, and how the story relates to us and how we ought view God, and more importantly…how God views us. 

 

Thanks to flickr and SCUBAZOO for the photo

 

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Scary, isn’t it?

Innocent... by Θ What??  You wanted something clever?? Θ

Freedom just scares the hell out of people. It might even scare the hell into them.

To be truly free in Christ, without any shackles of “literal bibles”, “3rd uses of the law” “Christian do-goodism projects”, or “Christian self-improvement projects”…just scares people to death.

Professor and theologian, James Nestingen always says, “The gospel is always in a fight. And that fight always revolves around freedom.”

“They really don’t care if someone’s doctrine doesn’t line up just right before they will share Christ’s Supper with them.”

Yes, we do care.  And yes, we will share…even before we are SURE they understand everything exactly as we do.  We care enough to baptize them first and to tell them exactly what they are receiving.   Who’s Supper is it, anyway?  Who is it that is capable of making someone into the kind of person that He wants them to be, anyway? 

Well, it’s always about the freedom, isn’t it?   And who’s freedom?

God’s freedom.   God’s freedom to love and forgive real sinners.   God’s freedom to take real people who just can’t quite cut it, and probably never will ‘cut it’ in this pride-soaked world, and say to them, “I love you.  I baptized you.  And you are mine.  Begining of story.”

And then it’s about our freedom.  The gift of freedom from our Lord, Christ Jesus, who has freed us by His death and resurrection. Who has freed us by declaring us forgiven and righteous, even though we know not what we do.

Just who is it that we are talking about here?  Can this God really make something out of nothing?  Or is he just itching for us to get it all lined up perfectly BEFORE He acts…for us?

Nope.  Our God is free.   Scary free to many. Wonderfully free to some.

The door is open.  You have been freed.

 

 

“But the Bible says such and such about such and such!”

Heeere we go again…

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Thanks to flickr and ‘O What, now you want something?’ for the photo.

 

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Here’s Pastor Mark’s class that goes along with the last post…

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Click here for mp3 audio >  The Word Alone

 

 

 

 

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What exactly, is the Word of God?

Is it the Bible?   In the Beginning was the Word by tadeusz deręgowski

Is it preaching and teaching about Christ Jesus?

Is it Christ Jesus Himself?

Is it all of those things, and if so, what order of importance would you place the three ‘Is its…’ that I have listed above?

Or…is it something else, or some other combination of things?

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 Thanks to flickr and tadeusz deregowski for the photo.

 

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Can you choose God, and choose not to sin?

Day 185 {365} by {andreajohnson}

If you think so, then you really should invest less than an hour to hear a very good argument opposed to that notion.

click here > So, you have a free will to choose God, do you?

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Thanks to flickr and {andreajohnson} for the photo.

 

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Lutheran Pastor vs. Biblicist

Thanks to ‘TheLutheranSatire’, and a hat tip to my friend ‘Martin Luther’s Disciple’ over at Phoenix-Preacher

 

 

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Did the Bible drop out of Heaven with a bow tied around it?

Bible by noshoes

Or did someone stumble upon it out in a field somewhere the way Joseph Smith (supposedly) found those golden plates?

No…actually there was a process involving a lot of players.

Here’s a primer, and a quick overview of how the Christian Bible came to be, and some of the different ways Christians view the Bible.

           click here >    How the Bible came to be

 

There are a couple of gaps or quick dead spots on the audio, but hang in for the  whole class…it’s worth it.

 As always, your comments or questions  are welcome.

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Thanks to flickr and noshoes for the photo.

 

The Bible pictured above is thought to be the actual Bible that St. Paul used in his ministry. :) .

 

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