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Death Becomes Him

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

The Treasury today quotes Luther's sermons on the Gospel according to St. John saying, "This ministry (that is, the Word of God, Baptism, and Holy Communion) will endure and is not to be replaced by any other. But the incumbents of this ministry do not remain; they die." (treasury 197). Isn't...

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Tags: death, jesus, luther, ministry, pastors

Are you Inigo Montoya?

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

The classic movie, The Princess Bride, is one of my favorite movies. I love watching Andre the Giant climb up a mountain with three people hanging on him, laughing with Billy Crystal's love for a MLT sandwich, and learning new words like, "Inconceivable." My favorite character though Inigo...

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Tags: forgiveness, jesus, revenge, inigo montoya

Airing of Grievances

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Today is the feast of Festivus, that lovely secular holiday made popular by the sitcom Seinfeld. George Costanza's dad is the main character that educates the world on the joys and celebrations of 'A festivus for the rest of us." From the festivus pole, because, you know, tensile can be a little...

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Tags: festivus, forgiveness, jesus, love

I wanna know what Faith is.

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

In his preface to the book of Romans, Luther defines faith saying,"Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that the believer would stake his life on it a thousand times" (LW 35.370).  What is faith? It is a certain trust in God's grace toward us. Faith is...

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Tags: faith, forgiveness, jesus, luther

The Patron Saint of the dying

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

Today is the Feast Day of St. Michael and All Angels. St. Michael the Archangel is mentioned in the book of Daniel, Jude, and the Revelation to St. John. Many Churches celebrate this feast day and Zion is going to observe it on Sunday, October 1st. Why should we meditate on the work of St...

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Tags: angels, dying, jesus, michael, patron saint

A review of a Necessary Distinction Preface

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Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

This blog post is the first of many reviews of the Book, A Necessary Distinction, a discussion on Law and Gospel. I pray that it will be helpful in the continual dialogue on this doctrine that is vital to the proper understanding and application of Holy Scripture. Fun times.  At first...

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Tags: gospel, law, pless, nestingen, colver

Jesus is always Faithful

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

In the Freedom of a Christian, Dr. Luther says, "By the wedding ring of faith Christ shares in the sins, death, and pains of hell which are His bride's. As a matter of fact, He makes them His own and acts as if they were His own as as if He Himself had sinned; He suffered, died, and descended...

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Tags: jesus, luther, promises, song of solomon, weddings

We Get You.

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

St. Paul wrote to the church in Corinth saying, "For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's Word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ" (2nd Corinthians 2:17).  I, and all my brother pastors, get you when it comes to your sin. We...

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Tags: forgiveness, gospel, jesus, law

Faith is never alone

Posted by Pastor Christopher Hull on

God, through His servant St. Paul, spoke to the churches in Corinth saying, "So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love" 91st Corinthians 13:13).  The Lutheran Confession assert this verse saying, "Yet one is not to imagine a kind of faith that can...

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Tags: apology, confessions, faith, forgiveness, jesus, love

Grace to Struggle

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Luke 11:24-26 says, "24 “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ 25 And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in...

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Tags: forgiveness, gerhard, jesus, temptations

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