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Luther Quotes for The Baptism of Our Lord – Matthew 3:13-17

Monday, January 7th, 2013

All of this is done so that we cannot miss this event. It is no trivial matter. Everything depends on it. This is made so sure through holy people, through God Himself and His Spirit, so that all creatures must confess He is Christ. Thus we can depend upon Christ as such and cling to […]

Luther: He Had Nothing But Ordinary Swaddling Clothes and Scarcely A Farthing in Mary’s Purse

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

The patriarch Simeon steps up, even though by virtue of age he can scarcely see his way, and with penetrating clarity of discernment recognizes and praises this child as the Savior and Light of the World. All emperors, kings, and sovereigns are mere darkness, but this child is the Light of the World. All the […]

Robert Farrar Capon on “Second Coming” – Advent 2 (Luke 21:25-36)

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Our usual notion of Jesus’ coming to the world – or even of the coming of the kingdom – is not only theologically suspect but biblically unsound. For “coming” inevitably carries with it the implication of “not here yet” – which, of course, simply will not wash in the case of the Word who became […]

Three Luther Quotes for Trinity 22 – Matthew 18:21-35

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

All from his House Postils: It’s a simple thing to mouth the expression “forgiveness of sins” just as it is a simple thing to repeat the basic truths of Christian doctrine. Ah, yes, if all we had to do was to mouth the words! The problem is that when it comes to putting that expression […]

Robert Farrar Capon Quote for Trinity 22 (Matthew 18:21-35)

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

In heaven, there are only forgiven sinners. There are no good guys, no upright, successful types who, by dint of their own integrity, have been accepted into the great country club in the sky. There are only failures, only those who have accepted their deaths in their sins and who have been raised up by […]