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    Gal. 4:27: Theology of the Cross and the Triumph of the Word

    ” Sarah, the free woman, on the other hand, that is, the true church, seems to be barren; for the Gospel, the Word of the cross, which the church preaches, is not as brilliant as is the teaching about the Law and works, and therefore it has few pupils who cling to it. Besides, it […]

    The Limitation of the Law/ The Superiority of Christ’s Promise

    “Therefore the promises of the Law are conditional. They do not promise life freely; they promise it to those who keep the Law. Therefore they leave consciences in doubt, because no one keeps the Law. But the promises of the new covenant do not have any condition attached; they do not demand anything of us; they do not depend on our worthiness as a condition. Instead, they bring and grant us forgiveness of sins, grace, righteousness, and eternal life freely, for Christ’s sake.”

    -Martin Luther’s Greater Commentary on Galatians, LW 26:437

    The Radical Gospel

    Hey Folks, I have been developing a reading list (novels, devotionals, systematic & historic works, both light & heavy), dealing with some of the theology being discussed on this blog. Do check it out. Here is an excerpt that only Richard Simmons could lead us in a work out to 🙂 The Righteousness of […]

    An Album of the 90’s That May Have Slipped By…

    1. Lull by The Smashing Pumpkins
    Everybody knows the band, but few know of this small LP. It is a fresh mix of heavy guitars and dream psychedelia. Four great songs that capture the band’s transition from Gish into the Mega album Siamese Dream.

    The Radical Gospel Blog Recommendation: The Man in Black Reads The Complete New Testament

    A great way to hear the Word. This is also available on Itunes 🙂

    Genuine Christian Theology is about the Promises in Christ, as opposed to Philosophies of Grace

    An excerpt from Oswald Bayer’s Theology the Lutheran Way: (On Psalm 51) The words of the psalm compel us to speak of sin and grace. Theology can have no other theme. But even sin and grace can be spoken of philosophically, meaning “metaphysically”, “morally”, or “historically.” The “rule” Luther uses to judge the genuineness of […]

    Strokes of Genius: 7 Amazing Guitar Solos Since the Death and Resurrection of Our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ

    1. “What I Am”- Robbie Blunt (Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians) 2. “Beat It”- Eddie Van Halen (You Know Who) 3. “Touch of Grey”- Jerry Garcia (The Grateful Dead) 4. “Diner” Mikey Houser (Widespread Panic) 5. “Rebel Yell”- Steve Stevens (Billy Idol’s Guitar Player) 6. “Runnin Down a Dream”- Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) 7. “Do it Again” -Denny Dias (Steely Dan)

    Christ as Donum (Gift) or Exemplum (Example)? A meditation on Oswald Bayer’s "Martin Luther’s Theology: A Contemporary Interpretation"

    Preaching Jesus Christ is no easy task. There will always be serious opposition to anything which points to Jesus Christ as the unconditional gift, the ultimate atonement and the only true Savior for the sinner. Both liberal and conservative theologians have a tendency to present Jesus Christ as an example, or a means to an […]

    A MBNYC Conference Playlist

    1. Today- Smashing Pumpkins 2. Omaha- Counting Crows 3. Jesus, What A Friend For Sinners- Matthew Smith 4. (Nothing But) Flowers- Talking Heads 5. Sometimes- James 6. Shady Lane- Pavement 7. On A Plain- Nirvana 8. Once- Pearl Jam 9. Climb to Safety- Widespread Panic 10. Screaming Infidelities- Dashboard Confessional 11. Song For a Future […]

    Gerhard O. Forde On Law & Gospel

    ” (The Law) It cannot present itself as a new and perhaps higher kind of law which supposedly “saves” man. It must foster a proclamation which points to Christ…It must realize that the unity of law and gospel- that is , that the God of the law and the God of the gospel are one […]

    St. John Chrysostum on Grace

    God allowed His Son to suffer as if a condemned sinner, so that we might be delivered from the penalty of our sins. This is God’s righteousness,
    that we are not justified by works (for then they would have to be perfect, which is impossible), but by grace, in which case all our sin is removed.

    -from his Homilies on the Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians, composed and delivered sometime in the latter half of the 4th century.

    The Kingdom Cometh

    This is what is meant by “Thy king cometh.” You do not seek him, but he seeks you. You do not find him, he findsyou. For the preachers come from him, not from you; their sermons come from him, not from you; your faith comes fromhim, not from you; everything that faith works in you […]