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The Two Kingdoms of God

Posted by thethousandmarch on September 4, 2013 at 8:10 PM

With a military strike on Syria likely imminent I’ve seen a number of Christians saying that Christians should not support any military action because Jesus wouldn’t support military action. I however do not believe this is a good interpretation of Jesus’ teachings. But before I get going on this let me say that this is not a post on whether or not it is politically wise to attack Syria; this is a discussio...

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The Church is a Sign, Not the Solution

Posted by thethousandmarch on April 21, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Here's a link to the sermon I gave today.

The Church is a Sign (click on the link to go to my audio page and there you can download the recording.) Act 9:32-43 was my jumping off point. This is my response to death and suffering in the world. What follows is an edited text version of the sermon....

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My Basic Philosophy Part II; Law & Gospel

Posted by thethousandmarch on April 8, 2013 at 7:20 PM

The law makes clear my obligation to both God, my creator to whom I am indebted for my being, and to the rest of creation. The law shows me how I am to relate to God and his creation in such a way that I do and be that which I was created for. All of creation exists to glorify God – which means it exists to make the creator known. The law, written upon our conscience and revealed through prophets, is the guidance God h...

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O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Posted by thethousandmarch on December 21, 2012 at 8:45 PM

One of my favorite songs is O Come O Come Emmanuel. I learned this year that it is not a Christmas song, it is an Advent song. I also learned that traditionally the Christmas season does not start until December 25th and then lasts twelve days. The days before the 25th are part of Advent which is not just another name for Christmas. During advent we remember the first advent (coming) of Jesus Christ and look forward and p...

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The Two Kingdoms of God and Christian Civil Engagement

Posted by thethousandmarch on November 11, 2012 at 1:45 AM

For Christians a proper understanding of the Gospel, especially in distinction to the law, is of the utmost importance. Of great secondary importance, especially in helping guide our civil and social engagement, is an understanding of the distinction between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of man. I’m no expert on Martin Luther’s doctrine of the two kingdoms, also called the two reigns of God. So, this is n...

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Theories and Models in Relation to Theology

Posted by thethousandmarch on March 26, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Again, I was listening to Econtalk in which the host Russ Roberts and guest Emanuel Derman, a former physicist, discussed an issue – theories, models and science – that can be applied to Christianity. The basic idea is that th...

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What's the Good News

Posted by thethousandmarch on February 23, 2011 at 9:05 PM

There's a lot of Christians working hard, or at least told that they should be working hard, to spread the gospel. But, before we go too far we might want to make sure we know what exactly the gospel actually is. Otherwise we end up, as we have, with a lot of people who think the gospel is some variant form of moralistic therapeutic ...

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What Does it Mean to be Missional; or Is Being Attractional Bad

Posted by thethousandmarch on February 1, 2011 at 9:05 PM

     These days – at least in the “emerging church” subculture and amongst those reacting to the movement – there is a lot of fuss about being missional and incarnational. This is often contrasted with being attractional. All the cool pastors want to be missional, and they like to criticize the mainstream church for being attractional. Well I've come to the conclusion ...

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The Advent of Jesus

Posted by thethousandmarch on December 24, 2010 at 11:10 PM

(This is the sermon I gave tonight at our Christmas eve service.)


     This past month during our Sunday night service we have been celebratin...

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What is Advent?

Posted by thethousandmarch on November 29, 2010 at 8:37 PM

     This past Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent. Jessi and I, with our church, are doing our best to observe Advent this year. For the most part this is new for us. One church we attended in Portland, Evergreen Community, did some things for Advent – we had the candle lighting and some prayers – but I guess I wasn't paying much attention. I didn't learn much about what Advent was, other than a preparation for Christmas....

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