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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 […]

What About the “Wedding Garment”? (Trinity 20 – Matthew 9:1-8)

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Three from Luther: The wedding garment is Christ himself, which is put on by faith, as the Apostle says in Rom. 13:14: “Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ.” Then the garment gives forth a luster of itself, that is, faith in Christ bears fruit of itself, namely, love which works through faith in Christ. […]

Robert Farrar Capon on “Many Are Called But Few Are Chosen” (Trinity 20 – Matthew 22:1-14)

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

What then do I make of, “Many are called but few are chosen”? Just this. The sad truth of our fallen condition is that we don’t want anything to do with a system of salvation that works by grace through faith. We want our merits, sleazy though they may be, rewarded – and we want […]

Sermon for St. Mary Magdalene

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Sermon on St. John 20:10-21
St. Mary Magdalene
22 July 2012
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Today we are privileged to celebrate the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene. Some might respond that we do not worship the saints, and that is quite correct. But nobody is worshipping Mary Magdalene here this morning. Rather, the Lutheran Confessions say that we keep the festivals and feast days of the saints (1) to give thanks for their faith, (2) to imitate their faith and life, and (3) to follow their works in our daily callings. Today, then, we follow St. Mary Magdalene to the foot of the cross and rejoice with her in the wake of the resurrection.

Johann Gerhard on Trinity 8 – Matthew 7:15-23

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

By their fruits you will know them. This is not to be understood as the external fruits of life, for on occasion false teaching and outwardly impeccable behavior exist together while, conversely, healthy, wholesome teaching and a wicked life can exist together as well, of which Judas, Christ’s betrayer, is an example. Instead, one must distinguish […]