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Atlantis: the domain of the Stingray
30Jun
2019
Sun
15:50
author: Stingray
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Second Sunday after Trinity

Luke 14:15-24

Trinity II 2019 Wordle
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

If you wanted to get Jesus to talk to you, you’d say something that sounded religious.

It’s an age-old habit. If you want to impress someone in a given field, you say what little you know about their field. If you want to make a good impression on a native speaker of a foreign language, you say what you can in their language—or at the least, learn to greet them in their language. Your God recognizes this, which is part of the reason why St. Paul was inspired to write, “Knowledge puffs up.” (cf. 1 Corinthians 8:1)

So it should come as no surprise as Jesus was eating with a group of Pharisees, that one of them would speak up and say something religious. Now, Luke did write that they were watching Him carefully, and you know that means that they were waiting for an opportunity to catch Him in an “A-ha moment.” There’s little better way to do that to someone you acknowledge to be a good teacher (cf. Luke 10:25; 18:18) than to shoot off at the mouth something that sounds like good teaching.

“Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!”

23Jun
2019
Sun
15:55
author: Stingray
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Presentation of the Augsburg Confession (transferred)

John 15:1-11

Presentation of the Augsburg Confession (transferred) 2019 Wordle
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Articles IV, V, and VI form the crux of Lutheran doctrine and practice—you can read them on the back of your bulletins this morning. Everything else that is taught and believed in the Lutheran church is informed by what is espoused in these three articles. Why aren’t they the first three articles? Basically because the first three—on God, Sin, and the Son of God—get you to these three. So, you can’t have these three without those three, and on those three, most of Christianity agrees. Once you get to Articles IV, V, and VI, though, confessions and denominations diverge.

  • Article IV states that man is justified freely before God on account of the Son of God and for His sake, and this through faith, apart from any works, strength, or the merits of his own. This faith is trust in God and a belief that one’s sins are forgiven for Christ’s sake by the all-atoning sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
  • Article V states that this faith is obtained by way of the Word of God being proclaimed to you, and that the Office of the Holy Ministry was especially instituted by God in order that you would have the Word proclaimed to you, hear of your sins forgiven, and that the means of grace would be given to you. Of chief importance, though, is that faith is obtained by way of the Word, as you heard in today’s Epistle:
But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:14-17)
  • Article VI states that good works that a Christian does are bound follow this gift of faith. These works are necessary—yes, they are required of you—but not insofar as they inform your justification or salvation, as was aforementioned.

Anything other than this is a perversion of Biblical doctrine and should be rejected as either heterodox—which can simply be understood as a different teaching held by anyone—or heretical—which would be an established, false teaching. Even the Augsburg Confession does this.

30May
2019
Thu
23:33
author: Stingray
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Ascension of Our Lord

Mark 16:19-20; Ephesians 4:4-16

Ascension of Our Lord 2019 Wordle
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

What does it mean, “He...ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things?”

Well, for starters, what you heard in Mark 16:20 begins to answer the question. “And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.” As you heard, this was stated following the Lord’s ascent from the disciples eyes. Out of view, Jesus is now bodily present everywhere. Don’t ask me how this works; this is simply the truth that is confessed according to the Scriptures and espoused in the Lutheran Confessions. In His bodily omnipresence, Jesus fills all things. I suppose that were He still manifested on earth, it would be more difficult to grasp His omnipresence—you could point to a person and say, “Jesus is there,” and the eyes of fallen flesh would or could override what your eyes of flesh “see.” Out of sight, you can believe, though not fully understand, that Jesus is everywhere, filling all things.

4Apr
2019
Thu
08:43
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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Busy, Busy, Busy

What's going on?

Here I am, nearly a year after the last entry, only to say that I have been very busy. I have a second job—have had it for over a year, now—and that has constricted my office time a little. Tack on taking kids to school, and that means that I can't get into the office earlier to "relieve" some of that constriction on the front end. Of course, the second job means I'm also spending more time out of the house now.

Consequently, the time I have to update my blog in any meaningful sense has severely decreased. I want to include more sermons; I have plenty to share. I also have other things that I would have liked to have written about, some of which I'm sure I have forgotten.

So, here's a short entry just to keep things "going" here; a quick update on what I've been doing and not doing.

29Apr
2018
Sun
15:00
author: Stingray
category: Sermons
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Cantate

John 16:5-15

Cantate 2018 Wordle
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

[Sermon text and PDF to be posted soon, as time allows.]

29Mar
2018
Thu
23:39
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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Is This Thing On?

Hello?

Yes, it's still on. I've just been...busy.

7Mar
2018
Wed
23:33
author: Stingray
category: Sermons
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Wednesday of Oculi

Commandments 4 and 5 and 6

Wednesday of Oculi 2018 Wordle
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

[Sermon text and PDF to be posted soon, as time allows.]

25Feb
2018
Sun
15:00
author: Stingray
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Reminiscere

Matthew 15:21-28

Reminiscere 2018 Wordle
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

[Sermon text and PDF to be posted soon, as time allows.]

21Feb
2018
Wed
23:33
author: Stingray
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Wednesday of Invocabit

Commandments 9 and 10

Wednesday of Invocabit 2018 Wordle
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

[Sermon text and PDF to be posted soon, as time allows.]

18Feb
2018
Sun
15:00
author: Stingray
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Invocabit

Matthew 4:1-11

Invocabit 2018 Wordle
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

[Sermon text and PDF to be posted soon, as time allows.]